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

A way to get power to the world’s poor without making climate change worse

A new paper argues that it's now possible to bring power to those who lack it in a way that reduces climate pollution.

Climate & Energy

“Climate change” vs. “global warming”? It really doesn’t matter

Quit with the linguistic navel-gazing. What actually counts is power. (As explained in a dozen tweets.)

Climate & Energy

How American journalists deal with climate deniers

Political reporters still treat climate denialism as though it's a normal campaign position. What's the alternative?

Politics

Nothing is nonpartisan any more

Not even behavioral change to reduce energy use.

Filthy lucre

Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe sells his soul to Big Coal, makes terrible arguments

Tribe, a long-time Obama advisor and liberal in good standing, is taking Peabody Coal money to testify against the EPA's power plant regulations. And his arguments suck.

Climate & Energy

Utilities experience competition, don’t like it, run crying to regulators

Electric utilities are facing increased competition at both the wholesale and retail levels, so they're turning to Big Government for help.

Politics

Obama finally understands political polarization. Does Hillary?

The president has given up on working with intransigent Republicans. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is talking about "a nice warm purple space.”

Politics

This congressman doesn’t want a federal science board to be allowed to consider science

Rep. David McKinley is pushing legislation that would prohibit the EPA from even considering landmark climate reports when it’s working on climate pollution.

Politics

What we can learn from Dr. Evil’s attack on Obama’s carbon rules

PR maestro Richard Berman serves the interests of the wealthy, but he’s just one cog in a machine. The attack on Obama's power-plant rules illustrates how.

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