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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

It’s time to get rid of old, racist Confederate statues

Public spaces all over the U.S. harbor symbols that celebrate racism, separatism, and white supremacy. It's time for that to change.

Politics

Scott Walker doesn’t want Wisconsin officials talking climate

The Republican governor keeps a fuzzy record of public statements, but his actions have shown his true colors as a warrior against science.

The Sanders of time

Bernie Sanders tells Bill Maher: Climate change is young people’s issue, and mine, too

Progressive presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he's going to reach out to young voters by emphasizing his calls for climate action.

Politics

Congressional Republicans: Damn the environment, full cuts ahead!

The GOP majority is gunning for the environment with its new appropriations bills, which would gut federal climate efforts.

Cities

Why cities should stop trying to be the next Brooklyn

Urban communities aspiring to Brooklyn's popularity should focus on taking care of their current residents -- rather than trading them in for a hipper crowd.

Climate & Energy

He may be pope, but that doesn’t mean he can stop climate change

Church teachings don't hold much sway in partisan politics where people's minds are already made up. Why do we think the pope's climate stand will be any different?

Politics

You probably missed this climate change promise hidden in Clinton’s speech

In an otherwise predictable speech, the Democratic front-runner said she would raise fees on fossil-fuel extraction and leasing.

Politics

You can’t blame immigrants for California’s drought

Xenophobes are trying to seize the drought to push their anti-immigration agenda, but their arguments fall flat.

Cities

Pittsburgh screwed its residents by hiring a private water manager

A lawsuit against the company that manages Pittsburgh's water -- and that has cut residents off based on erroneous bills -- shows the downside of privatization.