David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

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

Filthy lucre

Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe sells his soul to Big Coal, makes terrible arguments

Tribe, a long-time Obama advisor and liberal in good standing, is taking Peabody Coal money to testify against the EPA's power plant regulations. And his arguments suck.

Climate & Energy

Utilities experience competition, don’t like it, run crying to regulators

Electric utilities are facing increased competition at both the wholesale and retail levels, so they're turning to Big Government for help.

Politics

Obama finally understands political polarization. Does Hillary?

The president has given up on working with intransigent Republicans. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is talking about "a nice warm purple space.”

Politics

This congressman doesn’t want a federal science board to be allowed to consider science

Rep. David McKinley is pushing legislation that would prohibit the EPA from even considering landmark climate reports when it’s working on climate pollution.

Politics

What we can learn from Dr. Evil’s attack on Obama’s carbon rules

PR maestro Richard Berman serves the interests of the wealthy, but he’s just one cog in a machine. The attack on Obama's power-plant rules illustrates how.

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.