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

Is this House Republican about to lose to a climate hawk?

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) lurched to the right to fend off primary challengers. Now, he may pay the price.

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California’s carbon market is leaking

Recent changes to the rules of California's carbon market threaten to allow substantial "leakage," which would merely shuffle emissions, not eliminate them. This is a Bad Thing.

Climate & Energy

What will it take to get electricity to the world’s poor?

What's the most promising way to extend electricity to those who now lack it? Is it top-down, extending the centralized grid and building large power plants? Or is it bottom-up, with distributed energy?

Very carefully

How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?

Nearly 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity, but bringing them up to a western level of consumption of fossil fuels will fry the planet. What's the ethical path forward?

The sun! It burns!

Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct

Fights over rooftop solar generally focus on "net metering," but the challenge to utilities is far greater than that, and if they hope to survive, their response must be more ambitious.

Climate & Energy

Is there hope for West Virginia as it moves away from coal?

Not as much as we might like, because next the state will fixate on fracking for natural gas, as West Virginia native Jeff Young explains.

Ceci n'est pas une pomme

Republican scandal-mongering is now a perpetual motion machine

The congressional investigation into EPA-NRDC "collusion" is a sad sign that the Republican scandal machine no longer needs any fuel to keep running.

IAM what IAM

We don’t, and can’t, know how much it will cost to tackle climate change

Report after report claims to tell us how much climate action will cost this century. But no matter how much faux specificity our climate economic models produce, the fact is that we cannot know.

Climate & Energy

Should the feds bail out coal miners?

As we shift to a cleaner economy, what do we owe workers from the coal fields? What about workers from other dying industries?

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