Ben Adler

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.

Revenge of the 'Burbs?

Why Uber won’t fuel more sprawl

A prominent economist says that the rise of Uber and self-driving cars will spur a new exodus to the suburbs. Here's why he's wrong.

The Magnificent Seven

7 signs that China is serious about combating climate change

Some conservatives say that China isn't doing anything about CO2 emissions, but they're flat-out wrong.

In the zone

Obama pushes to make cities denser and more affordable

Too bad a president has very little power to make that happen.

What's in a name?

Trump gives his classic right-wing energy plan a scary historical name

Scary, but accurate.

Exxon Immobile

The federal government is investigating ExxonMobil’s accounting related to climate change.

This comes as Exxon is already under investigation by states for possibly lying to the public about climate science.

Animal wrongs

Donald Trump might appoint an oil executive and anti-animal rights activist to head the Interior Department.

Forrest Lucas, whose company makes motor oil, recently financed a movie that's critical of animal protection groups.

Moot Court

States are already complying with the Clean Power Plan rules they are challenging in court.

But the 27 states still plan to push ahead with their lawsuit.

Wet behind the piers

Should New York City abandon its waterfront?

Much of NYC will be under water in 100 years -- but that doesn’t necessarily mean we should make a hasty retreat from the coastlines.

Why oh why must it be this way?

Trump’s economic plan: Free your miners and the jobs will follow

Donald Trump's latest plan is vague, radically right-wing, and filled with false promises.