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 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.


What’s wrong with giving farm states the keys to our elections? Everything

Giving rural states first crack at the presidential contest every four years is bad for the climate and the planet.

Business & Technology

Is Obama blocking smart hydropower development?

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski says the president is standing in the way of fully developing this renewable energy source. Is she right?

Climate & Energy

If Mike Bloomberg really cares about climate change, he won’t run for president

The former mayor of New York is thinking of running as a third-party candidate -- which would help get a climate-denying Republican elected.

Climate & Energy

Twitter fight! Bernie and Hillary battle it out over who has the better climate plan

The Sanders and Clinton campaigns fought for the hearts of climate hawks by talking smack to each other on social media.