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

Climate film gets activists pumped for NYC march

"Disruption" debuted to an enthusiastic crowd, inspiring them to try to make the upcoming People's Climate March the biggest climate event ever.


What makes a neighborhood cool?

Is the Upper East Side surpassing Brooklyn in coolness, as some commentators claim? No, and here's why.


Will Obama do the right thing on smog this time?

Over the coming year, the president will either repeat or undo one of his greatest insults to the environmental community -- and to the nation's air quality.

Sorry to burst your bubble

Why Republicans won’t back a carbon tax

The fact that a carbon tax should theoretically appeal to conservatives doesn't mean it actually will. Just ask Grover Norquist.

Trick: No treaty

Obama has a plan for getting around Senate opposition to a climate treaty

Republicans won't approve any new climate agreement, so the Obama admin will try to adapt an old one.

This flip is a flop

Scott Brown no longer accepts climate science

Now that he's running for Senate in New Hampshire, Brown has changed course and joined his GOP colleagues in outright climate denial.

biomass backward

Europe is burning our forests for “renewable” energy. Wait, what?

The European Union decided that burning wood to generate electricity was good for the climate. WRONG.

Business & Technology

How a Koch brother is combating climate change at a coal mine

What do Bill Koch, the Aspen Skiing Company, and environmentalists all have in common? We visited a coal mine in Colorado to find out.

Unlucky 13

Meet the climate deniers who want to be president

From Jeb Bush to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz to Chris Christie, the Republicans eying the presidency don't intend to do a damn thing about climate change.

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