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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.

Joo-joo eyeball

Bernie and Hillary supporters come together to push for a Democratic climate caucus

Climate hawks in both camps want the party to create a formal group to tackle energy, the environment, and climate change.

Let the sunshine in

Liberal congresswoman explains why she has some misgivings about solar leasing

Rep. Yvette Clarke tells Grist the reason she signed a letter written by electric utility lobbyists.

We shall overcome

Congresswoman urges angry Sanders climate hawks to take inspiration from civil rights movement

Don't give up on the political process, says Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Instead, let's bring a broad coalition together.

Frack attack

Climate activists make noise in Philly ahead of Democratic convention

Several thousand protesters hit the streets to demand an end to fracking and other types of fossil fuel extraction.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Democrats have made a big shift toward climate action in the last four years

But it still needs to shift a whole more if we're to have a chance of staving off the worst of climate chaos.

Climate & Energy

GOP mega-donor Jay Faison pretends to care about climate change. Don’t be fooled.

His real goal is just helping Republicans win.

Tall tales

4 things Trump got very wrong in his convention speech

And that's just in the part about regulation and energy.

Get off the bus, gus

The Republican Party makes its hatred of mass transit official

The GOP platform dismisses transit, high-speed rail, bike shares, and any other transportation programs that aren't highways.

Cities

Meet a Republican mayor and convention delegate who takes climate change seriously

Jim Brainard, mayor of Carmel, Indiana, has cut carbon emissions and made his city more walkable and bikeable.