David Roberts

David Roberts

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David Roberts was a staff writer for Grist. You can follow him on Twitter, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Climate & Energy

There’s an emerging right-wing divide on climate denial. Here’s what it means (and doesn’t)

Establishment Republicans are moving away from denialism, but they’re not about to start promoting climate solutions.

Climate & Energy

Everybody needs a Climate Thing

Each person views climate change from their own idiosyncratic angle — and that could be the key to making progress in fighting the problem.

Sympathy for the Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is confused about climate change, but then, lots of people are

The author argues in a New Yorker essay that our climate obsession is dooming birds, which is pretty much all wrong.

Climate & Energy

Turns out the world’s first “clean coal” plant is a backdoor subsidy to oil producers

The CCS project in Saskatchewan, Canada, is providing cheap CO2 to oil fields but expensive power to ratepayers.

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.

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