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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"Trump and his cronies aren’t on the miners’ side — they’re on the side of their bosses. And the U.S. government is willing to kill its own citizens to enrich these billionaires." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
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...
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"So energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels — and at a faster rate and a lower cost." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Want to Create Jobs? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use
We’ve all heard claims that fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas are major job creators. President Trump says so all the time. But it turns out that developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as “energy efficiency” — creates many more jobs than...
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"Kavanaugh’s record on environmental issues is appalling."(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Would Be a Disaster on Climate
Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn’t just a likely vote against Roe, or an enabler of brash executive authority. He’s also a vocal supporter of a conservative legal “philosophy” that’s designed to block action on climate change. Kavanaugh’s record on environmental issues is...
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Friday, May 04, 2018
Impeach Scott Pruitt for Dismantling the EPA, Not His First-Class Flights
No self-respecting prosecutor would be proud of winning a shoplifting conviction for a suspected murderer. But that’s almost exactly what’s happening in the congressional investigation of Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt. Last week, lawmakers grilled Pruitt for renting a...
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Sunday, March 25, 2018
The State Department Drama Shows Just How Far Trump Will Go for Big Oil
It’s said that you can tell a lot about people by the company they keep. And the shady characters President Trump has surrounded himself with represent a new low even by Washington standards. One thread that ties many of these people together is their deep connection with the fossil fuel industry...
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 "The White House is trying to get rid of the Clean Power Plan, the prior administration’s most significant effort to regulate greenhouse gases." (Photo: Ingy The Wingy / Flickr) Views
Thursday, January 25, 2018
How One Coal Baron Set an Entire Administration’s Energy Agenda
It’s common knowledge that our political system is awash with money. And that money, despite some flimsy legal barriers, comes with strings attached. One coal baron’s efforts to set an entire administration’s energy agenda are the perfect case study. His name is Robert Murray, and he heads Murray...
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"Not content with changing the tax code to benefit oligarchs, Senate leadership sneaked in a provision to open up the pristine, ecologically sensitive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, purportedly to get some revenue (about $1 billion over 10 years) to offset a wee bit of the $1.5 trillion shortfall created by the massive tax giveaways to the fabulously rich." Views
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The GOP Tax Bill Assaults the Planet as Well as the Poor
If you are an average American, your government has just declared war against you. Unless you happen to be an oligarch. I’m talking, of course, about the monstrosity of a tax bill that Congress looks set to pass. With good reason, only about one-third of Americans support the bill, since its...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Brutal Racial Politics of Climate Change and Pollution
As I watched coverage of Harvey's flood damage in Houston, Irma's wreckage in the Caribbean, the devastating record monsoons in South Asia, and the fresh nightmares of Hurricane Maria, I thought back to another place: Charlottesville, where racists openly rallied to their cause—and were later...
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Texas Is Flooded Because Our Democracy Is, Too
“It’s flooding down in Texas,” goes the old song. “All of the telephone lines are down.” With apologies to Stevie Ray Vaughan, there’s a lot more down in Texas than telephone lines now. Power lines are down, homes are destroyed, and cities sit underwater. Dozens have died. For me, this is personal...
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Friday, April 28, 2017
State and Local Governments Can Take the Lead on Climate Policy
In March, the World Meteorological Organization released data on the state of the earth’s atmosphere in 2016. Last year, it found, was the hottest year since humanity started recording temperatures, continuing a trend of steadily rising mercury. Inevitably, the rising temperatures led to record...
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