David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

David Roberts is a staff writer for Grist. You can subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter or email him at droberts at grist dot org, if you're into that sort of thing.

Climate & Energy

Could flooding finally wake Americans up to the climate crisis?

Several big U.S. cities could be seeing 30 days of flooding a year by 2020, a new study says.

Climate & Energy

Is China’s demand for coal going to keep rising? Don’t bet on it

A report from the International Energy Agency suggests that demand will grow steadily for years. There are lots of good reasons to believe that's wrong.

Cities

3 more reasons Seattle is stuck in a fustercluck

Seattle's ongoing transportation fiasco could not be contained in a single post.

Cities

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

Seattle is involved in a slow-motion catastrophe, as construction of a new car-centric tunnel grinds to a halt and cost overruns loom.

Climate & Energy

Wind and solar are much less financially risky than other power projects

What kind of electricity projects most often go over budget? Two recent studies dig into the question and find some surprising answers.

Climate & Energy

Updates on things I’m obsessed with

The latest on: the Supreme Court and an exciting FERC order; Peabody Energy and a misguided constitutional scholar; and coal export terminals and why we don’t need more.

Climate & Energy

Coal giant exploits the global poor to save its own hide

Peabody Energy, the world's biggest private coal company, is trying to pitch itself as a friend of poor people. Oh, the ironies abound.

Climate & Energy

Support nonprofit journalism and my beard

I don't do this very often, but I'm going to ask you, my loyal readers, for money.

Climate & Energy

Why climate hawks are on the left, like it or not

Climate change is a global injustice that markets won't solve on their own; it will require government intervention and international cooperation.

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