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

Rubio turns energy policy over to oilman donor, doesn’t even blush

Larry Nichols, who got rich by fracking and has donated to Rubio's campaign, will now lead the candidate's energy steering committee.

Climate & Energy

6 things Bernie Sanders would do to crack down on fracking, even if Congress doesn’t go along

Sanders’ proposed anti-fracking bill won’t pass, but he has other moves up his sleeve that a president could take without congressional cooperation.

Climate & Energy

Obama may have the power to compel more climate action — and that has Republicans worried

Some legal scholars argue that a Clean Air Act provision justifies further emissions cuts, so a GOP rep wants to change the Clean Air Act.

Climate & Energy

Climate activists and pipeline protesters turn to civil disobedience in the Northeast

Activists who tried to block work on a gas pipeline will argue in court that their actions were necessary to protect humanity from climate change.

Climate & Energy

Climate science denial could hurt Republicans in unexpected ways

GOP operatives say the issue of climate change won't affect the election, but they might be missing the bigger picture.

Climate & Energy

Did the Supreme Court just undercut the Paris climate agreement?

When the court put a hold on Obama's Clean Power Plan, it made it look less likely that the U.S. will meet its Paris promises.

Climate & Energy

Clinton comes out against Atlantic offshore drilling, angling to win green voters away from Sanders

She needs climate activists more now than ever.


A movement to make Trump Park great again — by renaming it for Pete Seeger

A petition to rename the park for the beloved folk singer gathers steam.


What climate hawks can learn from Martin O’Malley’s quixotic campaign

The Democratic long-shot talked up the climate issue, but he didn't find a way to get voters to feel it.