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.


Hey, media: Those gentrifying neighborhoods had residents before the yuppies moved in

The New York Times is being racist, classist, and colonialist when it writes about rich white people discovering off-the-radar neighborhoods.

Climate & Energy

How California’s sprawl got in the way of a strong climate bill

In a car-dependent state, where too many citizens don't have good transportation options, it's a hard lift to slash gasoline consumption.

Climate & Energy

Marco Rubio still just doesn’t understand climate change

At the Republican debate, Rubio didn't deny climate science (progress?), but he spewed a series of untruths about Obama's climate policies.

Climate & Energy

Why is Bernie Sanders neglecting climate change?

He has a great record on climate in the Senate, but as a presidential candidate he has yet to say much on the issue or unveil policy plans.

Climate & Energy

Smarter forest and land-use policy could help make Paris climate deal a success

Too bad big countries' climate pledges are falling way short in this area.


Donald J. Trump State Park is a real thing, and just as pathetic as its namesake

Overgrown with weeds and marred by graffiti, this New York park does not live up to the hype it gets on highway signs. No surprise there.


What America can learn from Europe’s high-speed trains

As California builds its own high-speed rail line, it has a great opportunity to invigorate cities along the route.

Climate & Energy

What can a president do to boost renewable energy? A lot

Even without approval from Congress, Obama or his successor could take big steps to promote clean energy projects on federal land.

Climate & Energy

U.S. taxpayers are getting ripped off by fossil fuel extraction

Coal-mining and oil-drilling programs on federal land are big money-wasters, in addition to polluting the environment and hurting the climate.