Kari Lydersen, In These Times

Kari Lydersen

In These Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Kari:

The Case for Nationalizing the Railroads

Workers say now is the time to do the impossible. → Read More

Federal climate law changes the stakes in Wisconsin third-party solar fight

The Inflation Reduction Act opens up new opportunities for nonprofits to take advantage of tax credits, but Wisconsin regulators are still vague on what types of projects will be allowed. → Read More

Farm owner, Indiana electric co-op celebrate massive solar array

The solar array provides revenue for the family farm plus clean power and likely savings for the electric cooperative members. → Read More

Nurses in the U.S. Are Suffering "Moral Injury"

The pandemic and staffing crisis have left healthcare workers with invisible wounds. → Read More

Solar, storage to come to Illinois coal communities

A recent state procurement formalizes plans to put solar and storage on the site of several retired coal plants. → Read More

Illinoisans see land of possibility with transition from coal

As state efforts to spur a new clean energy economy run up against reality, residents have their own visions for what a just transition looks like. → Read More

Wisc. bill would grant utilities monopoly on transmission

The legislation makes Wisconsin the latest state to push back against a 2011 federal order promoting competition. → Read More

Wisc. bill reveals fight over control, profit from shift to EVs

A Wisconsin bill was meant to spur the expansion of electric vehicle charging. But amendments have turned EV proponents against it. → Read More

Midwest lags, though Madison and Minneapolis shine in national clean energy policy ranking

An annual analysis of cities’ clean energy plans and progress showed Madison, Wisconsin, as the nation’s most improved city. Minneapolis maintained its top ranking in the region, which overall lagged behind the coasts. → Read More

Warehouse Workers Are on the Front Lines of the Covid Crisis. They're Worried They'll Be Passed Over for the Vaccine.

Low-wage warehouse workers, many of whom are temporary, are demanding access to the vaccine. → Read More

Will climate change increase the presence of pathogens in drinking water?

Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet. Published by the Institute on the Environment. → Read More

Utility efficiency programs offer model to merge climate, racial justice solutions

Many states require utilities to help low-income customers conserve energy despite higher costs and barriers. → Read More

As Illinois begins shift from net metering, advocates say slow down

Solar advocates are concerned that the transition to a localized value-of-solar rate is happening too soon. → Read More

Hospital Food Workers and Janitors Are Stuck In a “Death Trap”

Overlooked workers are risking their lives to keep the healthcare system running. Now, they're fighting back. → Read More

Another Illinois energy bill, another chance for controversy and questions

The Downstate Clean Energy Affordability Act, backed by utility Ameren, emphasizes utility-scale solar and storage. → Read More

Chicago shines in a new global study of cities’ resiliency and clean energy plans. But can it keep its promises?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy evaluated 66 major cities on their resiliency efforts. → Read More

Why Are Chicago Teachers Striking Against Mayor Lori Lightfoot? They’ve Been “Lied To” Before.

Working In These Times is dedicated to providing independent and incisive coverage of the labor movement and struggles for workers' rights. → Read More

Clean energy funds key to settlement that would shut down Illinois coal plant

The agreement to close the troubled E.D. Edwards coal plant includes $8.6 million for local clean energy projects. → Read More

Audit finds Chicago air quality inspections are lax, irregular

The city’s inspector general says public health officials are failing to hold polluters accountable for emissions. → Read More

Chicago Teachers Are Threatening to Strike Against New Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Here’s Why.

In These Times features award-winning investigative reporting about corporate malfeasance and government wrongdoing, insightful analysis of national and international affairs, and sharp cultural criticism about events and ideas that matter. → Read More