Basav Sen

Basav Sen

Basav Sen directs the Climate Justice Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. He's the author of the recent report "How States Can Boost Renewables, With Benefits for All."

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Nearly All Americans Want to Get Off Fossil Fuels

Late last year, The Washington Post reported a remarkable poll finding: Nearly half of American adults—46 percent—believe the U.S. needs to “drastically reduce” fossil fuel use in the near future to address the climate crisis. Another 41 percent favor a more gradual reduction.Almost 90 percent of us support...
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Most Americans Support Phasing Out Fossil Fuels. Isn’t That Worth a Headline?

Last month, The Washington Post reported on the results of a poll it conducted with the Kaiser Family Foundation earlier this year. The poll had remarkable finding: nearly half—46 percent—of American adults believe the U.S. needs to “drastically reduce” fossil fuel use in the near future to address...
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dig Beneath the World’s Far-Right Governments—You’ll Find Fossil Fuels

The world’s burgeoning far-right movements are far-flung and diverse, but in government they share a few core tendencies: They attack minority populations. They criminalize dissent. And they’re horrible for the planet.The slide into extractivist authoritarianism in the U.S. is part of a worldwide trend,...
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Name and Shame Big Political Contributors

This August, a phony controversy erupted over wealthy donors to President Trump’s campaign and political action committee being publicly named.After Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) tweeted the names of San Antonio contributors who’d made large donations to support Trump, some reported receiving angry phone calls. A few...
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Brazil Isn’t the Only Far-Right Government Destroying the Planet

The Amazon is ablaze. This is horrific news for Brazilians, especially the indigenous peoples who have called the rainforest home for millennia, and for all of humanity as well.The Amazon rainforest is a crucial carbon sink, absorbing atmospheric carbon that would otherwise heat the planet and accelerate the...
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Trump's War on Science Is Grounds to Impeach

Since the earliest days of the Trump Administration, we’ve heard how Trump and his allies may have covered up evidence and obstructed investigations into Russiagate and other improprieties. Unsurprisingly, this has led to calls for the President’s impeachment.But there are other, more serious forms of obstruction...
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Terrifying Implications of India’s Elections for People and the Planet

In a sweeping victory, the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Narendra Modi has returned to power in India’s elections. It’s a profoundly disturbing development.The most pressing concern about the BJP government is its systematic persecution of India’s minorities, particularly Muslims.A cloud...
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Monday, February 4, 2019

It's Rosa Parks' Birthday. Let's Honor Her Legacy by Continuing Her Struggle!

February 4, 2019 marks the 106th birth anniversary of visionary movement leader Rosa Parks. Anniversaries such as this are not just moments for celebration. They are a time to rededicate ourselves to the struggles they commemorate.Rosa Parks is best remembered for her role in the bus boycott in Montgomery,...
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Democratic Leaders Failed Their First Big Test on Climate

The science on climate change is clear: All countries desperately need to restructure fossil fuels out of their economies.Naturally, the Trump administration has recklessly ignored this evidence. In every way, it’s tried to make it easier to extract and burn fossil fuels — and harder to hold polluters of all...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Trump Puts Forth an Actual Plan to Kill People for Coal

In August 1921, sheriff’s deputies in West Virginia — later joined by federal troops — massacred striking mineworkers using machine guns and aerial bombardment, in what’s now known as the Battle of Blair Mountain.Nearly a century later, the government is again going to war in support of mine owners by deregulating...