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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.

Get off the bus, gus

The Republican Party makes its hatred of mass transit official

The GOP platform dismisses transit, high-speed rail, bike shares, and any other transportation programs that aren't highways.

Cities

Meet a Republican mayor and convention delegate who takes climate change seriously

Jim Brainard, mayor of Carmel, Indiana, has cut carbon emissions and made his city more walkable and bikeable.

Cities

Republicans are trying to scare you about crime, but cities have been getting safer

The stats are clear.

Election 2016

11 ways the Republican platform attacks the environment

Turn federal lands over to states. Abolish the EPA as we know it. Kill fracking regulations. And more!

Election Guide ★ 2016

Making our cities stronger and greener: A planning guide for candidates

All politics are local? Then pols should get serious about improving the places where most of us live.

Gone fishin'

Most Republicans who care about climate change are skipping the convention

They don’t want to be anywhere near Donald Trump.

Dirty dealing

The Republican vision for the environment is not a pretty sight

The House just passed a budget bill that would gut protections for air, water, and the climate.

Green is good

Here’s what a conservative climate agenda would look like

There are plenty of policies a free marketeer could embrace to cut emissions and eliminate market distortions at the same time.

You're hired!

Who might Trump pick for top environmental roles in his cabinet?

We read the tea leaves and divine some names.