David Roberts

David Roberts

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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.

Living

Aaron Sorkin tackles climate change on “The Newsroom” and … oy

It is not in fact true that we're doomed to face a "catastrophic failure of the planet."

Politics

Politico’s normal, awful story on EPA’s new air rule

In the odd world of political media, whiny business interests are quoted extensively, while health benefits to the public are ignored.

Si se puede! Pero no lo haremos

Yes, the U.S. can reduce emissions 80% by 2050 — in 6 graphs

A new report looks at how America can get on course to avoid dangerous climate change. There are multiple pathways to that goal, but we gotta start now.

DDPP in the hizzy

Yes, we can beat climate change — but it will take massive international government coordination

The Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project is doing some of the most important work in the world, laying out how we can keep climate chaos in check.

My offer is this: nothing

Keystone “trade” talk is still empty nonsense

Beltway pundits keep saying Obama is about to “trade” Keystone approval for some other policy he cares about more. They are delusional.

You down with OPIC?

Congress is trying to squash one of the few examples of American leadership on climate

Obama has banned U.S. investment in most overseas coal plants. Republicans and fossil-fuel-loving Democrats want to undo that ban.

Climate & Energy

Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced

Carbon is getting priced, and this map shows you where.

Throwing bad money after bad

Rich countries are still wasting billions on subsidies for fossil fuels

The G20 nations pledged to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. Instead they're now spending $88 billion a year just on exploration, not to mention all the other subsidies.

This is the dividend

A proposal to save the middle class … by cutting carbon pollution

Peter Barnes' plan is politically impossible, but isn't everything now? So what the hell, let's check it out.

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