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.

Climate & Energy

What can a president do to boost renewable energy? A lot

Even without approval from Congress, Obama or his successor could take big steps to promote clean energy projects on federal land.

Climate & Energy

U.S. taxpayers are getting ripped off by fossil fuel extraction

Coal-mining and oil-drilling programs on federal land are big money-wasters, in addition to polluting the environment and hurting the climate.


New Orleans’ transit system still hasn’t recovered, 10 years after Katrina

And it wasn't good to begin with.


How suburban sprawl causes segregation and isolates the poor

When well-off white people flee to the suburbs, it's bad for those left behind in inner cities and bad for the environment too.


Is Uber bad for the environment in NYC?

In a dense city that already has lots of transportation options, are Uber cars just adding to pollution and congestion?


Murals in Harlem show birds like you’ve never seen them before

Birds that are threatened by climate change are now showing up in new locations -- on rolldown gates, apartment building walls, and stoops.

Climate & Energy

Why the Donald Trump phenomenon is bad for the climate

Trump outdoes all the other Republican presidential contenders with his belligerent ignorance about climate change.

Climate & Energy

Here’s how a Republican president could undermine the Clean Power Plan

Will Obama's new climate rules for power plants make a difference? That all depends on the next occupant of the White House.

Climate & Energy

How are environmentalists reacting to Obama’s Clean Power Plan?

Their public statements are celebratory, but scratch the surface and you'll find that feelings in some quarters are more complicated.