Ben Adler

The politics of climate, energy, and cities

Ben Adler covers environmental policy and politics for Grist, with a focus on climate change, energy, and cities. When he isn't contemplating the world's end, he also writes about architecture and media. You can follow him on Twitter.


Obama squanders opportunity to clean up smog and fight climate change

The EPA just tightened its rule on ozone pollution, but not nearly enough.

Climate & Energy

The Democratic debates should put a big focus on climate change — here’s why

Activists are pushing to make climate a major topic in the Democratic primary debates, and that's a great idea for a number of reasons.

Climate & Energy

China’s climate action plan is pushing Brazil and other big developing countries to step up

Brazil is now the first major developing country to pledge absolute reductions in emissions -- and for that, you can thank China.

Climate & Energy

What’s next after Keystone? Fighting fossil fuel extraction on public lands

With the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline expected to be over soon, climate activists are pivoting to their next campaign.

Climate & Energy

Hillary Clinton says she opposes the Keystone pipeline — finally

Under pressure from activists and rivals, Clinton now says Keystone XL would be bad for the climate.

Climate & Energy

4 reasons why it matters that a few House Republicans are calling for climate action

… and 4 reasons why you still shouldn’t get your hopes up too much.


Hey, media: Those gentrifying neighborhoods had residents before the yuppies moved in

The New York Times is being racist, classist, and colonialist when it writes about rich white people discovering off-the-radar neighborhoods.

Climate & Energy

How California’s sprawl got in the way of a strong climate bill

In a car-dependent state, where too many citizens don't have good transportation options, it's a hard lift to slash gasoline consumption.

Climate & Energy

Marco Rubio still just doesn’t understand climate change

At the Republican debate, Rubio didn't deny climate science (progress?), but he spewed a series of untruths about Obama's climate policies.