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.

Climate & Energy

6 ways to promote economic equality and climate action at the same time

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and other liberal Democrats have unveiled a new progressive agenda. Here’s how to make it even stronger and greener.

Climate & Energy

Why it’s a bad idea to tax people for every mile they drive

Oregon will soon test a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax as a possible replacement for a gas tax. If you care about climate change, it’s the wrong way to go.

Business & Technology

Apple, Facebook, and Google are the greenest tech giants — but they still need to do a lot more

It’s not enough to set a goal of using 100 percent clean power. Big tech companies need to flex their lobbying muscle, especially at the state level.


Is Elizabeth Warren a progressive leader on climate change?

Some environmentalists are pushing her to run for president, but does her record warrant enthusiastic green support?


Here’s how Bernie Sanders, the greenest presidential candidate, could get even greener

The socialist senator from Vermont is already the biggest climate hawk in the race, but there’s one critical step he could take to solidify that title.

Climate & Energy

Why it matters that left-wingers just won in oil-rich Alberta

The new leader of the province opposes Keystone and takes climate seriously. That’s awkward for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Climate & Energy

Democratic voters care about climate change, and they could put the heat on Clinton

Fifteen percent of Democrats in a new poll said climate change was their top priority. That’s enough to push the issue into the spotlight.

Climate & Energy

Western towns target coal companies over climate change

Ski towns in Colorado and Utah are seeking money to cope with climate change, and they think it should come from the coal industry.

Climate & Energy

Come on, people. We’re going to need a lot better than this if we want a strong Paris climate treaty

China and India haven’t made any promises. Japan is poised to offer a weak plan. So far only the European Union is doing what it needs to be.