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

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Debbie Dooley is not a tree-hugger — in fact she bills herself as a radical right-wing grandmother, and she is a founding member of the national Tea Party and a leader of the Atlanta Tea Party.

But Dooley is also an outspoken proponent of distributed solar generation and other forms of renewable distributed energy. As founder of the Green Tea Coalition, a conservation-minded wing of the Tea Party, she has made numerous media appearances on outlets across the political spectrum.

Dooley spoke with Midwest Energy News before a trip to speak at the Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Social Speakers series.

Q. How did you become interested in renewable energy?

A. I’ve been a political activist off and on since 1976. I was one of the 22 national founders of the Tea Party movement. I’m very active with the Atlanta Tea party, I serve on the board of directors of Tea Party Patriots, which has not and is not taking a position on solar.

I began to get interested in energy with a fight we were carrying on with Georgia Power. They’re a monopoly here in Georgia. They were not acting in the best interest of ratepayers in regards to so... Read more

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