David Roberts

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

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Seattle: City of the Future

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck

Seattle is involved in a slow-motion catastrophe, as construction of a new car-centric tunnel grinds to a halt and cost overruns loom.

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There’s an emerging right-wing divide on climate denial. Here’s what it means (and doesn’t)

Establishment Republicans are moving away from denialism, but they’re not about to start promoting climate solutions.

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Everybody needs a Climate Thing

Each person views climate change from their own idiosyncratic angle — and that could be the key to making progress in fighting the problem.

Jonathan Franzen
Sympathy for the Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is confused about climate change, but then, lots of people are

The author argues in a New Yorker essay that our climate obsession is dooming birds, which is pretty much all wrong.

Boundary Dam Power Station

Turns out the world’s first “clean coal” plant is a backdoor subsidy to oil producers

The CCS project in Saskatchewan, Canada, is providing cheap CO2 to oil fields but expensive power to ratepayers.

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A way to get power to the world’s poor without making climate change worse

A new paper argues that it's now possible to bring power to those who lack it in a way that reduces climate pollution.

Climate change vs global warming

“Climate change” vs. “global warming”? It really doesn’t matter

Quit with the linguistic navel-gazing. What actually counts is power. (As explained in a dozen tweets.)

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How American journalists deal with climate deniers

Political reporters still treat climate denialism as though it's a normal campaign position. What's the alternative?