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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Want to encourage the development of walkable neighborhoods? Fix this

Federal housing support policies encourage sprawl instead of the more transit-friendly, urban neighborhoods that many Americans prefer.

Climate & Energy

Rubio turns energy policy over to oilman donor, doesn’t even blush

Larry Nichols, who got rich by fracking and has donated to Rubio's campaign, will now lead the candidate's energy steering committee.

Climate & Energy

6 things Bernie Sanders would do to crack down on fracking, even if Congress doesn’t go along

Sanders’ proposed anti-fracking bill won’t pass, but he has other moves up his sleeve that a president could take without congressional cooperation.

Climate & Energy

Obama may have the power to compel more climate action — and that has Republicans worried

Some legal scholars argue that a Clean Air Act provision justifies further emissions cuts, so a GOP rep wants to change the Clean Air Act.

Climate & Energy

Climate activists and pipeline protesters turn to civil disobedience in the Northeast

Activists who tried to block work on a gas pipeline will argue in court that their actions were necessary to protect humanity from climate change.