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

Imagining power utilities for the 21st century (with slow lorises!)

The U.S. electricity system is becoming more complex and democratic. That means utilities will have to change, but they can still prosper. Here's how.

Business & Technology

Tesla was not in fact worse than Solyndra, I argue on TV

The government didn't make a fortune off Tesla because it's not in the business of stock investing -- its loan program aimed to grow the whole electric-car market.

Climate & Energy

Coal is the enemy of the human race, video edition

A short animated video explains exactly why coal has got to go.

Climate & Energy

Where greenhouse gases come from, in one graph

Check out this cool graphic that shows where climate pollution comes from, by source and sector.

What’s threatening utilities: Innovation at the edge of the grid (with dik-diks!)

Utilities are threatened by innovation at the "distribution edge" of the grid. Here's a closer look at those innovations and what they mean.

Climate & Energy

Utilities for dummies, part 2: Why we need competitive electricity markets (with fennec foxes!)

The electricity system is currently set up as a dumb commodity system to provide cheap power. What we need is a smart system to provide energy services. To get there, we have to change utilities.

Climate & Energy

Utilities for dummies: How they work and why that needs to change

Utilities are boring and opaque, but central to any clean-energy future. So it's time to demystify them. Here's a plainspoken intro to how they work, and why.


“If people aren’t pissed off, it ain’t working”: A chat with green billionaire Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer has made waves in climate politics with big money and hard-nosed tactics. Grist chats with him about Keystone, EPA, Obama, and how to win the climate fight.

Climate & Energy

Utilities vs. rooftop solar: What the fight is about

Utilities are fighting with solar advocates over an obscure but important policy called "net metering." Here's what's at stake, and why it matters.

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