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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.

Politics

The new federal budget is chock-full of goodies for pollutocrats

The bill has favors for the coal and oil industries, cuts for the EPA, giveaways for big banks, and looser rules for rich political donors.

Politics

What would it mean for the environment if Hillary targeted pickup-driving country fans?

Trying to appeal to rural white voters is the wrong way for a Democrat to win the White House. And it would be bad for the climate too.

Politics

Martin O’Malley, long-shot presidential hopeful, is a real climate hawk

In an interview with Grist, the outgoing Maryland governor talks about how to make progress on climate change.

Climate & Energy

Could this lawsuit force Obama to fix his ridiculous coal-leasing program?

The feds are still letting coal companies mine on public land at far below market rates, contrary to the goals of the president's own climate plan.

Climate & Energy

Here’s what you need to know about Obama’s new rules on ozone and smog

You can be thankful that the air you breathe will soon be a little cleaner. And if we all push the EPA, it might get even cleaner still.

Climate & Energy

Andrew Cuomo now sounds like a Republican when he talks about climate change

The Democratic governor of New York used to speak forthrightly about climate change, but lately he's been getting all weak and mushy.

Politics

Jim Webb sucks on climate change

The former Virginia senator wants to run for president as a Democrat. He's got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Three-ding circus

These terrible governors won reelection and will keep on wreaking environmental havoc

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Florida’s Rick Scott, and Maine’s Paul LePage were all vulnerable -- and they all triumphed anyway.

No tricornered hats here

The environmental movement is not the Tea Party of the left

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank asserts that enviros are dead set on ousting moderate Democrats. He's wrong.