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In this episode of the Ways & Means podcast: how a crusade shut down a coal-fired Chicago power plant for good. What the closing of that plant meant for children’s health and the environment. And what it didn’t mean.

This is the eighth and final episode in our “Climate Change Solutions” series, where we look at research-based ideas to help cool a rapidly heating planet.

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Goodbye, Cloud Factory


  • Kimberly Wasserman is Exeutive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and past winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize.
  • Sarah Komisarow is Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Duke University.
  • Emily Pakhtigian is a former PhD student in public policy at Duke, now Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at Penn State University.
  • Youki Terada is Editor at Edutopia from the George Lucas Educational Foundation.


Thank you

  • Jackson Roach provided reporting from Chicago.
  • Duke student Joy Liu designed the artwork for the season.

Ways & Means climate change solutions series

Ways & Means Climate Change Solutions is a series of podcast episodes. All episodes are hosted by journalists, and include storytelling from around the world. Sample episodes:

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Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. This collaboration reflects the Duke Climate Commitmentwhich unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy, and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all

more about the Duke climate commitment