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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.

Politics

Mitt Romney’s climate record exposes his deepest flaws as a politician and a robot

As Romney prepares for another presidential run, let's look at his craven pandering on the critical issue of global warming.

Cities

Here’s the right way to make transit and density work in the suburbs

Bethesda, Md., a suburb of D.C., is a great example of smart growth. Let’s hope the state’s new GOP governor doesn’t screw that up.

Cities

Violent cops suffocate the street life they claim to protect

Police unions have blamed protesters for sparking violence against cops. Clearly, they've missed the point.

Weak ass on coal ash

Obama blows a chance to crack down on coal

With weak rules for coal ash, Obama has rewarded his enemies, screwed over his friends, and squandered an opportunity to move toward clean energy.

Climate & Energy

This is the kind of climate bill Congress should pass (but won’t)

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz are pushing legislation to charge polluters for CO2 emissions and redistribute the revenue to the public.

Climate & Energy

Obama sounds like he’s about to reject the Keystone pipeline

The president said surprisingly smart -- and skeptical -- things about the proposed pipeline at a news conference on Friday.

Politics

Jeb Bush is no moderate and he won’t fight climate change

Don’t be fooled by the pundits who claim he’s different from the rest of the Republican field.

Climate & Energy

Cuomo bans fracking in NY and questions climate science all in one day

The governor said the public health risks from fracking were too big -- and then he said talking about climate science is "political."

Cities

American cities have bigger things to worry about than gentrification

Gentrification is an issue in only a handful of urban neighborhoods, according to a new report. The real problem is growing areas of "concentrated poverty."