The last barge carrying coal to Pilsen’s Fisk Power Plant lumbered up the Chicago canal in late August, dumping a final 1,500 tons of coal to burn in a community whose members were more than happy to see their industrial neighbor go.
Matthew Gee is a co-founder of Chicago startup Effortless Energy, where his business card reads “Chief Nerd.” They think they have an answer for the question that dogs every energy saver who sings the praises of efficiency: If it’s so good, why isn’t everyone doing it?
President Barack Obama visited Argonne National Laboratory Friday, calling on Congress to flag oil and gas money for research that could help wean the nation’s vehicles off oil. He also addressed critical budget cuts to basic scientific research.
So far there is no high-volume fracking in Illinois, but the House Speaker’s proposal pre-empts the passage of a regulatory bill that would set up a permitting process and potentially permit drilling in a matter of months.
Congress appears unlikely to strike deal that would avoid $85 billion in mandatory spending cuts scheduled to take effect starting Friday, which would limit Illinois' ability to police air and water quality.
A new report calls for reinvestment in Chicago's manufacturing base, the nation's second largest, which could be a windfall for sustainable transit and renewable energy in the metropolitan area — if the region invests in those ideas.