David Roberts

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

  • Inside Participate.net

    An insider shares the backstory

    Wondering what’s up with Participate.net, the social-action community run by Participant Productions, the film production company behind Good Night, and Good Luck and Syriana? Over on Worldchanging, Micki Krimmel offers an insider’s view. Interesting stuff. (For all you CMS geeks …

  • EPA analysis of clean-air plans 'not as useful as one could hope'

    Another nonpartisan agency calls B.S. on Clear Skies

    In April, Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) threatened to block the nomination of Stephen Johnson as EPA chief until the agency agreed to compare three plans to cut power-plant pollution: his own, a bill from James M. Jeffords (I-Vt.), and Bush’s …

  • Limbaugh on global warming

    Rush’s opinion, for what it’s worth.

    Want to read something truly, truly bizarre? Here, via Chris Mooney, are Rush Limbaugh’s thoughts about the recent study showing that Atlantic Ocean currents are shifting. The strangest thing about it is that he summarizes the science pretty well. He’s …

  • Does the world have room for two Bonos?

    Thom Yorke to meet Tony Blair on climate change

    Apparently, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke was asked by Friends of the Earth UK to meet with Tony Blair about climate change. Uh, what? And supposedly he wrote about it on his blog, although I can’t find the entry there. I …

  • Jeepers, Reapers

    The reapers are back, still too clever for their own good

    Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus — yes, yes, the reapers — want you to know that environmentalism’s not only dead, but possibly responsible for the coming apocalypse. Noting that in Montreal the Bush administration has yet again derailed climate efforts, …

  • Brief for Bush

    Let’s go through this one more time.

    A couple of enterprising students have uncovered a confidential brief (PDF) from the IPCC to George W. Bush. It’ll never work. Too many pages.

  • Rocío Romero and the L.V. prefab house

    I missed this short New Yorker piece about architect Rocío Romero and her L.V. prefab house. It’s probably been blogged a zillion times, but whatevs: it’s interesting. My ears especially perked at this bit: Romero originally thought that the primary …

  • SUV sales are down

    Pretty sharply:Sales of all new vehicles in the United States were off 2.8 percent in November from a year ago, with Detroit automakers bearing the brunt of the industry slowdown, according to Autodata Corp. Sales of some SUVs were off …

  • Hedgehogs, predictions, and peak oil

    What’s a prediction worth?

    A few days ago, Kevin Drum pointed to a Louis Menand review of a book called Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by psychologist Philip Tetlock. I haven’t read the book, but the review is …