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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.

Cities

Are millennials really just future suburbanites?

More young people are moving to the suburbs than to cities -- but that doesn’t mean they actually want to live in car-dependent sprawl.

Cities

No, gentrification does not solve the problem of segregation

When gentrification begins, neighborhoods can become more integrated and diverse -- but too often, they then end up predominantly white.

Climate & Energy

The Obama admin is finally going to green up its fossil fuel leasing, but how much?

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made noises about reforming oil, gas, and coal leasing, but don’t hold your breath for dramatic change.

Cities

NYC can’t fix its housing crisis alone — the suburbs need to step up

If New York's suburbs build more dense, affordable housing, it will be good for lower-income residents -- and for the environment too.

Post-march madness

NYC climate campaigners follow up blockbuster march with push for city action

A vibrant movement has grown out of organizing efforts for the People’s Climate March, and they’re making New York even more of a climate leader.

Climate & Energy

Will the GOP try to block a climate deal just like they did with an Iran deal?

Senate Republicans attempted to undermine Obama on nuclear talks with Iran. Don’t expect them to behave any better around climate talks.

Climate & Energy

We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, and it ain’t pretty

Thanks to a disclosure law in California, we now know that frackers are polluting water with petroleum chemicals, heavy metals, radioactive elements, and carcinogens.

The dirty side of selling clean energy

Bribing bloggers with free solar panels is apparently a thing now

A marketing consultant tried to get me to write a column about solar startup in exchange for a panel. It didn't work.

Cities

No, the rich are not all moving to the city now

Despite what you may have heard, rich people and the middle class are still holed up in the suburbs -- and that's bad for cities and the climate, too.

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