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.

Cities

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

Seattle is involved in a slow-motion catastrophe, as construction of a new car-centric tunnel grinds to a halt and cost overruns loom.

Climate & Energy

Wind and solar are much less financially risky than other power projects

What kind of electricity projects most often go over budget? Two recent studies dig into the question and find some surprising answers.

Climate & Energy

Updates on things I’m obsessed with

The latest on: the Supreme Court and an exciting FERC order; Peabody Energy and a misguided constitutional scholar; and coal export terminals and why we don’t need more.

Climate & Energy

Coal giant exploits the global poor to save its own hide

Peabody Energy, the world's biggest private coal company, is trying to pitch itself as a friend of poor people. Oh, the ironies abound.

Climate & Energy

Support nonprofit journalism and my beard

I don't do this very often, but I'm going to ask you, my loyal readers, for money.

Climate & Energy

Why climate hawks are on the left, like it or not

Climate change is a global injustice that markets won't solve on their own; it will require government intervention and international cooperation.

Climate & Energy

Here’s a cool way to visualize carbon emissions

Climate change isn't just about who's emitting now. It's about who's emitted over the last 150 years -- and the U.S. bears a lot of the blame.

Politics

6 reasons why green funders need to get off the fence

Here's some advice for environmental philanthropists on how to navigate a politically polarized U.S. political system: Choose sides.

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."