Currently in Chicago — November 18th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A few flurries

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Coldest Air Since February

2. A Few Flurries & Snow Showers

3. Thawing Next Week

The coldest air of the season so far and coldest since February arrives on a frigid Friday with highs only hitting the upper 20s. A few flurries may fly both Friday and Saturday and even a few snow showers Saturday too, but little accumulation.  Blustery both days with wind chills in the single digits and dipping down to near zero overnight Friday. Mostly sunny Sunday with lower 30s for highs and a sunny start to next week on a milder Monday with highs in the lower 40s. We warm into the upper 40s Tuesday with sunshine.

Tim McGill

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What you need to know, currently.

The less-publicized runoff election for a seat on Louisiana’s Public Service Commission has massive climate implications; the state is one of the nation’s top oil and gas producers.

Davante Lewis, an activist from Baton Rouge, seeks to unseat fellow Democrat Lambert Boissiere III, who comes from a prominent political family in New Orleans. Both men want to shift away from fossil fuels, and toward renewables, in an effort to meet climate goals and protect Louisiana’s vulnerable electric grid. However, Lewis is pushing for the state to adopt a renewable portfolio standard that requires utilities to reach net-zero emissions by 2035.

The Public Service Commission is a five-member body that is responsible for regulating electric utilities. Recently, it has been embroiled with controversy, as customers’ electrical bills continue to skyrocket.

Lewis’ campaign states that only two of the five members favor clean energy over fossil fuels, but if he wins the election, he promises a pro-climate majority.

Lewis has also criticized Boissiere for accepting donations from industries that he’s made to regulate, including the utility Entergy and its executives, many of which have ties to companies regulated by the PSC.

The runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 10.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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