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.

water we doing?

Clean water should be a basic human right. Why are we charging so much for it?

The cost of clean water and wastewater services has risen 41 percent over the last five years.

Throwing shade

U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins anti-solar crusade

The chamber’s new campaign is part of a larger right-wing push to kneecap the rooftop solar industry.

Climate & Energy

Why is this liberal congresswoman spreading anti-solar arguments?

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) signed her name to a letter written by utility lobbyists who are trying to hamper solar power.

Climate & Energy

India and U.S. team up to give boost to solar power startups

And that’s great news for the climate.


Donald Trump once backed urgent climate action. Wait, what?

We’ve got the full-page ad to prove it.

Climate & Energy

How Bernie Sanders made Hillary Clinton into a greener candidate

Sanders lost the primary race, but he has changed the Democratic Party and the politics of climate change.

Climate & Energy

Here’s what Trump just doesn’t understand about clean air and dirty energy

He says clean air and water are top priorities, but he has no idea how to deliver.

Climate & Energy

Are plastic-bag bans good for the climate?

It turns out that paper bags might actually have a bigger carbon footprint than plastic ones.

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