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.


With “moderates” like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, who needs the radical right wing?

If you look at their actual proposals, the Republican's "moderate" candidates turn out to lean as far to the right as Bernie Sanders does to the Democratic left.


There’s no moderation in Republicans’ dirty energy plans

Not a single Republican candidate's energy policy addresses the reality of climate change. Theirs is a "drill, baby, drill" world -- unanimously.


3 reasons why Bernie Sanders is being overly pessimistic about climate action

We don't have the time to reverse Citizens United and fix the campaign money mess. But there are other ways the politicians could deal with climate change.


What would President Sanders or Clinton be able to do on climate?

The next president won't end the GOP deadlock in Congress. Climate action will depend on executive power. Let's ask candidates about that.


Donald Trump is right about something … kinda

For a conservative Republican, Trump is surprisingly enthusiastic about spending lots more money on mass transit.


Will Obama create a national monument to gay rights in New York City?

Many New Yorkers and gay rights activists are calling for a park near The Stonewall Inn to be turned over to the National Park Service.

Just call them pollutocrats

Dirty energy plutocrats are trying to buy the presidential election

Just 158 families gave almost half of the early money in the race, the N.Y. Times reports -- and many made their fortunes from oil and gas.

Climate & Energy

Even as House descends into chaos, it manages to do big favor for Big Oil

Republicans stopped quarreling long enough to vote for lifting the crude oil export ban, which would be good for oil companies and bad for the climate.


Cities could be big players when it comes to cutting carbon emissions

When national governments fall short in their climate commitments, local governments can help make up ground.