Grist tried to make sense of an election that didn’t
Election Day is finally here! (Who wants shots?) I know the national media tried its darnedest to ignore climate change and every other environmental issue, which is why Grist worked overtime to make sure sustainability couldn’t be forgotten.
You can find all of our campaign coverage at this nifty election guide, but as we await results, I wanted to call special attention to some of the true standouts:
- Ben Adler and Rebecca Leber’s investigative piece uncovering Donald Trump’s big climate flip-flop, which got coverage from pretty much every other news outlet in the country.
- Grist’s special “Making America Green Again” guide, in which our staff writers lay out the real issues at stake in this election.
- Emma Foehringer Merchant’s ongoing account of how little time climate and energy issues received in the debates, and her well-reported explanation for why moderators ignore those topics.
- Our explainer team’s strong video about why more climate voters don’t get to the polls and how that impacts our republic.
- Rebecca and Ben’s recent pieces on the green civil war over Washington’s climate tax ballot initiative and the industry’s efforts to fool Florida voters into opposing solar.
- Our on-the-ground coverage of the Democratic National Convention and the platform fight over climate and energy issues leading up to it.
- Rebecca’s eye-opening story on a poll showing that millennial voters didn’t see much difference between Trump and Clinton (which also inspired our first Dan on the Street video talking to young voters).
- And really, I’m not even going to get into our strong primary coverage, especially the battles between Bernie and Hillary on climate issues or our early interview with Jill Stein, because this list is already too long and you get the point, but there was some great stuff going all the way back to last year.
Thanks to my terrific Grist editorial team for such strong work. As Rebecca reminds us today, despite the national media’s best efforts, this election really was a climate change election — because every election is from now on, whether we like it or not.
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