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.

Business & Technology

This new startup is doing hydropower right

Small-scale hydro projects along rivers in the Northeast provide low-impact electricity and help revitalize communities.


Fact check: Republicans’ crazy debate claims about climate change and energy

Even ostensibly science-friendly GOP candidates like Rand Paul can't bring themselves to fully embrace climate reality -- and other notes on Tuesday's debate.


Bloomberg’s PAC to spend millions targeting climate-unfriendly state officials

State attorneys general who are challenging EPA's Clean Power Plan face a costly onslaught of ads funded by Bloomberg.

Climate & Energy

The fight against Keystone XL changed the climate movement. Here’s how

Organizing against Keystone helped the movement develop a number of assets it previously lacked.

Climate & Energy

The inside story of how the Keystone fight was won

The fight shows that activists can take on the fossil fuel economy and win.

Climate & Energy

Can polluters block Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court?

Lawsuits from industry and Republicans are pouring forth like soot from a smokestack, aiming to undermine landmark rules for power plants.

Climate & Energy

New leaders in Canada and Australia offer new hope for Paris climate talks

Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull are expected to be more cooperative on climate action than their obstructionist predecessors.

Climate & Energy

Christie was the only Republican asked about climate at the main debate — and he got it all wrong

Chris Christie acknowledges that climate change is real, but his comments about it at Wednesday's debate were still awfully ignorant.

Climate & Energy

Fossil fuel companies aren’t just bad for the climate — they’re bad investments

A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that dirty energy industries are ignoring risks of declining demand, and they’ll suffer for it.