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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.

Old king coal is on the dole

The federal coal leasing program is just corporate welfare

The three largest U.S. coal companies get most of their coal from public land at dirt-cheap prices, subsidized by taxpayers like you.

Climate & Energy

Why aren’t Clinton and Sanders talking about international climate justice?

Rich countries should be offering more climate finance to poor countries, but even the Democratic candidates aren’t addressing this issue.

Climate & Energy

How Clinton used my reporting to make a misleading attack on Sanders

Does Sanders really want to delay the Clean Power Plan? No. Clinton got that idea by misinterpreting an article I wrote.

Climate & Energy

Here’s why Donald Trump might not be the worst possible candidate on climate change

You can be sure Ted Cruz would be disastrous. As for Trump, who knows?

Politics

Wanna see what happens when you rely on the fossil fuel sector and slash taxes? Check out Louisiana

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal drove Louisiana off a fiscal cliff by cutting its budget to the bone and keeping the state tied to oil and gas.

Business & Technology

Why driverless vehicles won’t be the death of public transportation

Autonomous vehicles will lead to longer commutes and more sprawl only if you believe that everyone is dying to spend hours cooped up in cars.

Politics

Is Clinton’s opposition to offshore drilling spreading to other centrist Democrats?

As Bernie Sanders' campaign pushes Hillary Clinton toward more progressive positions, the rest of the Democratic Party may follow.

Politics

Don’t blame Obama — or his energy policies — for the rise of Trump

A New York Times columnist tries to pin some of the responsibility for Donald Trump's rise on President Obama's shoulders. It's a bum rap.

Politics

Trump’s budget plan is completely insane — and of course it would screw over the environment

It’s mathematically impossible to enact Trump’s tax and budget vision, and even trying would be a disaster.