David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

David Roberts is a staff writer for Grist. You can subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter or email him at droberts at grist dot org, if you're into that sort of thing.

Climate & Energy

How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity

Even the stodgy International Energy Agency is scrambling to keep up with the good news on solar panels.

Climate & Energy

How should funders and foundations deal with polarization?

Today's foundations came of age in a time when unbiased, expert advice led to bipartisan solutions. That's all gone now. How should they deal with today's polarization?

Climate & Energy

Why the (awesome) climate march won’t change American politics

Great as the march was, conservatives didn't come out to it, so it won't change Congress and it won't change the polarization gripping America.


Polarization in America is here to stay. What now?

Republicans and Democrats are further apart than ever, and calls for “civility” and presidential “leadership” won’t change that. It's time to think about what's next.

Climate & Energy

Good news! There’s bad news for coal

The enemy of the human race takes a few hits.

Climate & Energy

On climate, how far gone is the far right? (Spoiler: far)

Climate communicators badly want to believe that it's possible to reach the Tea Party. Recent episodes from far-right conservatism cast doubt on that proposition.

Business & Technology

Progress rarely glows blue: EEStor and the lure of new technology

What can we learn from the collapse of a much-hyped battery company?

Mitigators gonna mitigate

Preventing climate change and adapting to it are not morally equivalent

Climate change mitigation and adaptation are often discussed as though they are interchangeable. They are not.


The secret to a happy life: revealed!

I don't want to brag, but while I was on sabbatical I discovered the secret to happiness.