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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

Why Obama’s new transportation plan is pointless, in 16 tweets

We asked our resident transportation wonk, Ben Adler, to write about the administration's "Beyond Traffic" report. Here's what he did instead.

Politics

It’s not just climate change: Some GOP leaders disregard science on vaccines too

Chris Christie and Rand Paul have both pandered to anti-vaxxer parents. Here’s why.

Cities

Buying this guy a car was nice. Buying a mass transit system would be way nicer.

Generous people have donated to help a man who used to have to walk 21 miles a day. But we need to fix the larger problem.

Climate & Energy

The Koch brothers just kicked mass transit in the face

The billionaires just squelched efforts to raise the gas tax, which pays to fix roads and bridges, saying money was being wasted on bike paths and transit.

They like Mike

Mike Huckabee could actually win the GOP presidential nomination

What would that mean for the climate?

Climate & Energy

Obama ignores Obama on climate change

Obama talked pretty in the State of the Union about fighting climate change. Too bad he just opened the door to lots more offshore oil drilling.

Business & Technology

Now is the time to invest in solar, because people are stupid

Many investors seem to think that because oil prices are low, solar is in trouble. They're deeply confused about energy markets.

Politics

Tom Steyer is not running for Senate, and that’s a good thing

Now the billionaire climate activist can focus on electing other climate hawks and fighting fossil-fueled disinformation campaigns.

Politics

At least a couple GOP presidential contenders accept climate science, and that matters

Mitt Romney is back to acknowledging that climate change is real. And Lindsey Graham, a climate realist by Republican standards, might run for president too.

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