David Roberts

David Roberts is the senior staff writer at Grist.org, an online journal of green politics and culture. He blogs there daily, even obsessively, mainly on politics and energy.

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Monday, September 2, 2013 - 10:00am
Hope and Fellowship
Over the last 10 years, I’ve been asked one question more than any other: Is there any hope? Or are we just f*cked? Regular readers could be forgiven for concluding that we are, indeed, f*cked. On one side, we have the brutal logic of climate change , about which I wrote:
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 1:42pm
Conservative Hostility to Science Predates Climate Science
“ Climate scientists must not advocate particular policies ,” says Tamsin Edwards, a climate scientist at the University of Bristol, thus reigniting for the eleventy-gazillionth time the argument about whether it is advisable for climate scientists to become “advocates.”
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Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 10:04am
What Would ‘Wartime Mobilization’ to Fight Climate Change Look Like?
The United States and 140 other countries have signed or otherwise associated with the Copenhagen Accord , in which it is agreed that the nations of the world should “hold the increase in global temperature below 2°C, and take action to meet this objective consistent with science and on the basis of equity.” For there to be a chance — even just a 50/50 chance — of limiting temperature rise to 2°C, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020 (earlier for the developed world
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - 12:15pm
$3.5 Trillion? The Insanely High Costs of Subsidizing the Fossil Fuel Industry
A new report [PDF] from the International Monetary Fund tries to tally up fossil fuel subsidies around the world and finds that they add up to an eye-popping $1.9 trillion a year . That’s 2.5 percent of global GDP! As enviro hero Paul Hawken is fond of saying, “we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it GDP.” I can’t think of a better description of these fossil fuel subsidies.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 10:02am
Two Reasons Climate Change Is Not Like Other Environmental Problems
If you’ll forgive me for stating the obvious: Most people don’t understand climate change very well. This includes a large proportion of the nation’s politicians, journalists, and pundits — even the pundits who write about it. (I’m looking at you, Joe Nocera.)
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 8:02am
Keystone Scolds Should Let Activists Be Activists
What should the climate movement do next, after Keystone? Last week I approached the question through the lens of supply-side vs.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 2:54pm
Joe Nocera Knows from Boneheaded
Yesterday I wrote a response to Andy Revkin’s recent New York Times post on Keystone . As vexing as I often find him (and him me!), Revkin is curious about how the world works, open to feedback and new information, and proceeding from a place of humanitarian concern on climate change.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 3:16pm
The Virtues of Being Unreasonable on Keystone
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 8:40am
Climate Change and the Cult of the Presidency
If you read nothing else this week, please read this piece from Jonathan Chait . Seriously. Just read it. He makes a point I’ve made a number of times, but (unsurprisingly) makes it better:
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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 11:32am
There’s Not Gonna Be a Carbon Tax
The idea of a carbon tax is going through one of its regular cycles of hype and excitement. This time, it’s being pitched as part of a “grand bargain” meant to address the long-term debt (which isn’t a real problem ) and avoid the “fiscal cliff” (which isn’t a real cliff ).
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