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.


Think Detroit has it rough now? Just wait ‘til climate change gets ahold of it

But there are lots of things the city can do to prepare.


Can we get people to move back to Detroit?

Once-mighty old industrial cities could sustain much larger populations, and that would be good for the environment. But is it realistic?

Climate & Energy

Martin O’Malley could try to out-green Bernie Sanders

O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, is running for president. Will he make a push to be the biggest climate hawk in the Democratic field?

Climate & Energy

The climate movement doesn’t need conservatives

An environmentalist calling for the climate movement to incorporate conservatives is like a fundamentalist pastor calling for the anti–gay marriage movement to incorporate liberals.

Climate & Energy

You can’t talk about the future of the Democratic Party without talking about climate change

A recent N.Y. Times article paints Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) as a pragmatist fighting off a challenge from his left, but it misses the mark by ignoring his progressive leadership on climate change.

Climate & Energy

6 ways to promote economic equality and climate action at the same time

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and other liberal Democrats have unveiled a new progressive agenda. Here’s how to make it even stronger and greener.

Climate & Energy

Why it’s a bad idea to tax people for every mile they drive

Oregon will soon test a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax as a possible replacement for a gas tax. If you care about climate change, it’s the wrong way to go.

Business & Technology

Apple, Facebook, and Google are the greenest tech giants — but they still need to do a lot more

It’s not enough to set a goal of using 100 percent clean power. Big tech companies need to flex their lobbying muscle, especially at the state level.


Is Elizabeth Warren a progressive leader on climate change?

Some environmentalists are pushing her to run for president, but does her record warrant enthusiastic green support?