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.


Why anti-nuclear enviros just aren’t the same as climate deniers

A New York Times columnist says that if you don't want to build new nuclear plants, you're as big a problem as climate science deniers. He is wrong.


What the subway adventures of Clinton and Sanders really show us

The question isn't whether they know how to use public transit -- it's whether they'd invest in it as president.

Climate & Energy

Climate change has become a big campaign issue — but here’s the downside

It’s a big issue only for Democrats.

Climate & Energy

This Senate race shows how climate action is gaining support in the Midwest

Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland hasn’t always been a friend to the environment, but he’s been getting greener, just like his state and region.

Climate & Energy

Does it make sense for climate activists to focus on Clinton’s campaign donors?

Clinton taking money from fossil fuel interests does not directly affect greenhouse gas emissions, but her policies as president would.

Climate & Energy

Clinton and climate activists have some real disagreements over fossil fuels

Should the federal government continue allowing fossil fuel extraction on public land? And do we need natural gas as a "bridge" fuel?


These delicious veggie burgers are fighting climate change

Two of the hottest burgers on the NYC food scene right now are vegetarian, and they're changing the way people think about meat-free food.

Climate & Energy

Meet the activist who made Clinton lose her cool over fossil fuel donations

"I’m sick of it," the candidate snapped on video at a Greenpeace organizer.


If you live in a city, this PBS quiz tells you you’re an elitist. Don’t believe it.

Why is PBS is pushing racist, anti-urban propaganda from controversial conservative Charles Murray?