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.

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.


Americans like stuff that sounds good, polls find

The public prefers things like clean air and clean energy, but that doesn't mean progressives will win on those issues.

Climate & Energy

How much is climate change going to cost us?

The models we use to estimate the cost of climate impacts may be substantially underestimating them. New research shows how.


Hillary is hiring John Podesta, and that’s good for climate hawks

As a top adviser in the White House, Podesta has pushed Obama to do much more on climate change. And now he'll have Clinton's ear.