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.

Climate & Energy

Here’s how to make sure renewables keep getting cheaper

What distinguishes expensive renewable energy projects from cheaper ones is not technology, but "soft costs" like financing and permitting.

Climate & Energy

6 charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper

The latest numbers on electricity costs show that various forms of renewable energy are already competitive with fossil fuels, with costs expected to continue falling.

Climate & Energy

Solving climate change will be difficult but worth it

Aggressive climate mitigation is absolutely worth the costs, but economic models are not a good guide to how difficult it might be.

Climate & Energy

Utility bosses see change coming, look to clean and distributed energy

A survey of utility execs also finds that a majority of them support Obama's power-plant rules or think they should be strengthened.

Business & Technology

19 tweets that explain how we’re stifling electricity innovation

A rant about the abysmal state of innovation and progress in the U.S. electricity sector.

Climate & Energy

We can solve climate change, but it won’t be cheap or easy

Climate modeling often shows that it's possible to decarbonize at low cost. But "possible" is a long way from practical, or likely.

Climate & Energy

The Exelon-Pepco merger: Big, nuke-heavy utility looking for new ratepayers to fleece

Giant utility company Exelon has a failing business model and a plan to prop it up. Both ratepayers and clean energy will get screwed in the process.

SOTU Redux

Republicans edit climate-denial mockery out of Obama’s State of the Union

Obama poked the GOP for their overused "I'm not a scientist" dodge. Seems they didn't like it one bit.

SOTU, Brute?

Obama to Republicans: So long, and thanks for nothing

The State of the Union address marked the end of Obama's dreams of bipartisanship. The fight against climate change will benefit.

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