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.

Politics

Dr. Evil is defending Big Oil — is anyone defending climate the same way?

Richard Berman, hired henchman for fossil fuel companies, fights hard and dirty. Does anyone fight as hard and dirty for the climate?

I see a darkness

What will a solar eclipse mean for solar power?

A total solar eclipse is headed for Europe on March 20. How is it going to affect the region's solar power?

CCA, OMG

California communities seize control of their energy futures

Here's the coolest thing happening in the electricity world right now: communities banding together and buying their own (cleaner) power, bypassing utilities.

Climate & Energy

What we can learn from British Columbia’s carbon tax

A new report contains interviews with 14 key figures in the development of British Columbia's carbon tax. They share what they've learned.

Climate & Energy

Why are we yelling at utilities and not their regulators?

Clean energy advocates often rage against the behavior of power utilities. It's time to look beyond them to the regulators who shape their decisions.

Climate & Energy

Understanding Obama’s suckiness on climate

The president has been pretty good about reducing demand for dirty energy, and pretty bad about increasing its supply. Why?

Climate & Energy

“More research” into geoengineering is not such a hot idea

In the geoengineering debate, "just research" is the default position of Serious People. But it's more problematic than they acknowledge.

Fifty states of play

The fight over Obama’s Clean Power Plan heats up in the states

States are charged with implementing Obama's carbon rule for power plants. Which ones will cooperate and which ones won't?

Climate & Energy

Obama’s carbon rule hangs on this one legal question

The EPA's plan to reduce CO2 from existing power plants relies on an ambitious new interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Will it stand up in court?

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