Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based freelancer and author whose work appears in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other outlets.

Politics

This green Tea Party star is fighting for solar

Debbie Dooley is no tree-hugger -- but she is the founder of the "Green Tea Coalition," a conservative group pushing solar all over the states.

Coal

Will Richard Daley, Chicago’s outgoing ‘green’ mayor, help quash coal pollution?

Will Richard Daley’s last month in office be marred by two old coal plants?Photo: Kate GardinerCross-posted from Midwest Energy News. A long-stalled Chicago ordinance that could force the city’s two aging coal-burning power plants to greatly reduce emissions or shut down now has enough backing to pass at the city council’s next meeting. But proponents aren’t declaring victory yet. The ordinance must first pass a joint committee hearing Thursday. And if the full city council does vote it into law when it meets May 4, it would likely face a legal challenge which even its most important council backer says …

throw discord to the wind

Here's one way to prevent local wind-farm fights

Wisconsin has new statewide siting standards for small wind farms, potentially eliminating messy fights over city- and county-level regulation.

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