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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.

Climate & Energy

Trump now sounds like every other right-wing Republican on energy — well, almost

The difference is that he doesn’t have the slightest clue what he’s talking about.

Cities

Austin’s African Americans are being pushed to suburbs, and away from parks and grocery stores

The biggest reason: soaring housing costs.

Politics

Why is Trump so fixated on abolishing the EPA?

And if he actually tried to do it, what would happen?

Politics

Clinton is making coal country a generous offer, but it’s not buying

Coal-mining communities just aren't very interested in Hillary's $30 billion plan to help them transition to a cleaner economy.

Cities

Will Uber and Lyft learn anything from their defeat in Austin?

If the ride-hailing companies are smart, they'll start to work with local governments instead of trying to bully them into submission.

Climate & Energy

Don’t worry about Clinton pandering to coal states

She won’t need them after the primaries.

Politics

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.

Cities

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.