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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

Are enviros smart to back Republican Susan Collins?

The Democrat in the Maine Senate race is the greener candidate, but environmental groups are still supporting Collins.

Politics

Attack ads from green groups feature the Kochs as much as the climate

Watch some of the ads that hit Republican candidates for being beholden to wealthy polluters.

Cities

These conservatives make the case for vibrant cities. Most of their friends ignore them.

A few conservative intellectuals are speaking out against sprawl, and for denser "new urbanist" development. Sadly, their arguments will never gain traction.

Climate & Energy

How to get Republicans to stop using the “I’m not a scientist” dodge

If journalists don't want a stupid answer about climate change, they should ask a better question.

Politics

Ron Paul and Rand Paul have crazy things to say about Ebola

And the Paulist philosophy leads to even crazier ideas about pollution, public health, and the role of government.

Climate & Energy

In Florida, it’s billionaire climate hawk vs. climate-denying governor. Who will win?

Tom Steyer is spending millions in an attempt to oust Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Is it working?

Cities

New York is about to get safer for walkers — if the NYPD does its job

The city is lowering its default speed limit, which will prevent pedestrian deaths, assuming the cops actually enforce the law.

Hold your nose and vote

Why climate hawks should still vote for fossil-fuel-loving Democrats

Even the Democratic Senate candidates who support the coal and oil industries are way better than their Republican opponents.

Climate & Energy

Will Andrew Cuomo oppose fracking after getting a scare from Zephyr Teachout?

The governor of New York lost more votes than expected to a progressive primary challenger who tapped into the energy of the anti-fracking movement.

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