David Roberts

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

  • All Giller, no filler

    Brown alumni magazine profiles Grist leader Chip Giller

    The latest issue of Brown Alumni Magazine (BAM!) contains a long and appropriately adoring profile of our brilliant, witty, and dashingly handsome leader, Chip Giller. My only beef with the piece is this bit: The humor is most visibly expressed …

  • Why environmentalists should embrace economics: Part one

    Market mechanisms are your friend

    In the July-August issue of Sierra Magazine was an essay called The Common Good, a broadside against the market system and the field of economics generally. It didn’t sit well with Jason Scorse, Assistant Professor of International Policy Studies at …

  • Obama mia!

    My near worship of Barack Obama is neither unique nor particularly well-concealed. I keep waiting for something to happen to break the spell, to start the inevitable backlash. But every time I hear his name, he’s doing something at once …

  • Renewable energy investments booming

    Joel Makower brings word of a very encouraging report on global investment in renewable energy. The picture is the same as always — renewables are a tiny sliver of the total energy-investment picture, but growing rapidly — but exciting in …

  • Imagine there's no pavin'

    It’s easy if you try

    As I was walking my two-month-old (already!) son around the neighborhood the other day, I started daydreaming. It was silly, and I wasn’t going to bother writing about it, but then I saw a post on eliminating the private automobile …

  • Reaching the hipsters

    So I went to a show this weekend. (A band called My Morning Jacket, whose recorded output, though excellent, scarcely hints at the head-exploding, ball-rocking, thunder-f**king awesomeness of their live performance. I would recommend their latest album, Z, but every …

  • Climate heroes

    Congrats to Amanda for her work on the big new Salon/Rolling Stone package on "Climate Warriors and Heroes." It’s pretty great — a nice overview of the many approaches to fighting the fight of our time. And I quite enjoyed …

  • Rebuilding: Fubar

    So how’s that whole rebuilding-New-Orleans thing going? The lede of this WaPo story says it all: New Orleans can be rebuilt, or so they say. Just ask the mayor’s commission. Or the governor’s commission. Or, wait a bit, and see …

  • Mmm … sprawl …

    Via kottke, a panoramic photo of suburban sprawl near San Ramon, California. Horrifying.