Ben Adler

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.

Burn baby burn

Portland, Oregon’s electric utility wants to burn wood instead of coal, which is a terrible idea.

Biomass plants emit even more carbon dioxide than coal plants.

Secretary of Petrostate

Trump will nominate ExxonMobil’s CEO to run U.S. foreign policy.

Rex Tillerson will join Trump's cabinet of corporate chieftains.

Drill, baby, drill

Trump has chosen fossil fuel–loving Cathy McMorris Rodgers for interior secretary.

The congresswoman from eastern Washington state is on board with Trump's anti-environment, anti-regulatory agenda.

bridge to nowhere

Just what our crumbling, aging infrastructure doesn’t need: Trump’s plan

Trump is really just pushing a tax cut that wouldn’t fix our infrastructure needs.

the billionaire club

Carl Icahn, a billionaire critic of the EPA, is helping Trump shape it.

The billionaire has more than a passing interest in the EPA.

A drink and a nod

Why is EPA chief Gina McCarthy speaking at a conference full of private water company execs?

Private water firms have screwed over cities and citizens around the world, including Flint, Michigan.


Obama just missed a big chance to boost wind power

The federal government doesn’t favor renewable projects over fossil fuels on public land. It should.

Who's the hoser, now?

Even Canada’s Texas is ahead of most of the U.S. on climate policy.

Canada's fossil fuel-rich province is trying to get off coal.

Stuck in the Middle

The NYC traffic guru who coined the term “gridlock” has a plan to fix it

By focusing on neighborhood needs, Sam Schwartz’s MOVE NY could succeed where other NYC traffic-reduction and transit-funding efforts have failed.