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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.

What's in a name?

Trump gives his classic right-wing energy plan a scary historical name

Scary, but accurate.

Exxon Immobile

The federal government is investigating ExxonMobil’s accounting related to climate change.

This comes as Exxon is already under investigation by states for possibly lying to the public about climate science.

Animal wrongs

Donald Trump might appoint an oil executive and anti-animal rights activist to head the Interior Department.

Forrest Lucas, whose company makes motor oil, recently financed a movie that's critical of animal protection groups.

Moot Court

States are already complying with the Clean Power Plan rules they are challenging in court.

But the 27 states still plan to push ahead with their lawsuit.

Wet behind the piers

Should New York City abandon its waterfront?

Much of NYC will be under water in 100 years -- but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should make a hasty retreat from the coastlines.

Why oh why must it be this way?

Trump’s economic plan: Free your miners and the jobs will follow

Donald Trump's latest plan is vague, radically right-wing, and filled with false promises.

Through a gas darkly

Obama brags about low gas prices, but he shouldn’t.

First off, he didn't bring the prices down. Second, low prices are bad for the climate.

Moore’s flaw

This Trump advisor might be even more confused about climate and energy than Trump himself

Stephen Moore thinks we don’t need to clean up our energy system -- we can just plant more trees.

Pay to play

The coal industry paid for meetings with state attorneys general to discuss fighting the Clean Power Plan.

And then a group of mostly Republican attorneys general filed suit against the plan. Coincidence?