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

Even as House descends into chaos, it manages to do big favor for Big Oil

Republicans stopped quarreling long enough to vote for lifting the crude oil export ban, which would be good for oil companies and bad for the climate.


Cities could be big players when it comes to cutting carbon emissions

When national governments fall short in their climate commitments, local governments can help make up ground.

Recycled talking points

Is recycling as awful as the New York Times claims? Not remotely

Here are the five most misleading arguments in John Tierney's slam on recycling.


Obama squanders opportunity to clean up smog and fight climate change

The EPA just tightened its rule on ozone pollution, but not nearly enough.

Climate & Energy

The Democratic debates should put a big focus on climate change — here’s why

Activists are pushing to make climate a major topic in the Democratic primary debates, and that's a great idea for a number of reasons.

Climate & Energy

China’s climate action plan is pushing Brazil and other big developing countries to step up

Brazil is now the first major developing country to pledge absolute reductions in emissions -- and for that, you can thank China.

Climate & Energy

What’s next after Keystone? Fighting fossil fuel extraction on public lands

With the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline expected to be over soon, climate activists are pivoting to their next campaign.

Climate & Energy

Hillary Clinton says she opposes the Keystone pipeline — finally

Under pressure from activists and rivals, Clinton now says Keystone XL would be bad for the climate.

Climate & Energy

4 reasons why it matters that a few House Republicans are calling for climate action

… and 4 reasons why you still shouldn’t get your hopes up too much.