ben-adler-695x513

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.

The one and only

Trump would be only head of state in entire world to deny that climate change is a problem

Leaders of the 194 other countries all acknowledge the threat of climate change.

The spurn of the screw

Now there’s one less way for Big Coal to screw over Americans

The Obama administration has closed a loophole that let coal companies cheat taxpayers out of royalties.

This bites

Congress fails to pass Zika bill, and that’s an ominous sign of things to come

In a climate-changed world, we need a government that can respond effectively to emergencies, but we don’t have one.

Walking the plank

Sanders and Clinton teams fight over climate language in Democratic platform

Bernie Sanders wants tougher climate and energy provisions, but Hillary Clinton’s appointees have blocked them.

The city that overheats

Heat waves could bring lots more deaths to NYC

But if the city takes some smart steps, it could save many lives.

Leave no Stonewall unturned

Obama creates national monument at iconic NYC gay bar

The Stonewall Inn, site of trailblazing LGBTQ protests, is now the newest addition to the national park system.

water we doing?

Clean water should be a basic human right. Why are we charging so much for it?

The cost of clean water and wastewater services has risen 41 percent over the last five years.

Throwing shade

U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins anti-solar crusade

The chamber’s new campaign is part of a larger right-wing push to kneecap the rooftop solar industry.

Climate & Energy

Why is this liberal congresswoman spreading anti-solar arguments?

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) signed her name to a letter written by utility lobbyists who are trying to hamper solar power.