David Roberts

David Roberts

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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

The positive economic impact of a carbon tax in, uh, hang on … 10 charts

Carbon taxes work just fine. In B.C., where they have one, emissions are falling and the economy is growing. Modeling shows the same could happen in Massachusetts. Heck, the same could happen anywhere!


How the White House watered down rules on coal-plant water pollution

In 2009, EPA sent some tough regulations on water pollution from coal waste to the White House for review. They were subsequently (and substantially) weakened. A new report reveals what happened.

Climate & Energy

Is humanity smarter than a protozoan?

New work on the Genuine Progress Indicator shows that global GDP is increasing, but global economic welfare no longer is. Can our species stop expanding before it hits limits?


Why coal has a hit on “America’s Got Talent”

A Kentucky boy has hit big on "America's Got Talent" with a song called "Coal Keeps the Lights On." Why does coal mining continue to wield such resonant power in U.S. culture?

Climate & Energy

Conservatives seek alternatives to climate denialism, come up short

Some conservatives are budging a bit on climate, despite fierce resistance from their base. But they've got a long way to go before they've really internalized the problem and its implications for their ideology.

Climate & Energy

The biggest oversight in Obama’s climate plan is a doozy

It's coal! Obama plans to regulate carbon emissions from coal plants, but he's doing nothing to stop coal leasing on public lands or coal exports through the Northwest to China.

Climate & Energy

The significance of Obama’s cryptic Keystone comments

The president's comments about the Keystone XL pipeline don't necessarily mean he'll reject (or approve) it. But they might reveal a radical way of thinking about infrastructure in an age of climate change.

Climate & Energy

The two things we learned about Obama’s plans to regulate coal

Obama's climate speech and plan contained few details about upcoming EPA carbon rules for power plants, but we do now know a couple of important things.


No-drama Obama unveils series of modest, sensible steps on climate change

Obama's climate plan contains no sweeping, cathartic gestures, just a series of small, sensible steps. But small, sensible steps matter.

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