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Basav Sen

Basav Sen

Basav Sen is the cli­mate jus­tice project direc­tor at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and writes on the inter­sec­tions of cli­mate change and social and eco­nom­ic jus­tice. Pri­or to join­ing IPS, Basav worked for 11 years as a cam­paign researcher for the Unit­ed Food and Com­mer­cial Workers.

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The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Turning to Far-Right Authoritarians

As climate change intensifies and countries turn to clean energies, Big Oil will take increasingly desperate measures to survive.

Basav Sen ·


Law Enforcement's Dangerous Double Standards on Protest

We're getting an up-close look at how law enforcement treats left and right protests differently. But the solution is protecting protest, not supercharging law enforcement.

Basav Sen ·


How the Fossil Fuel Industry Funds Fascism

The oil, gas, and coal industries support and fund white supremacy and far-right politics.  

Basav Sen ·


Corporations Paying Lawmakers to Outlaw Protest Is a Crime Against Democracy

More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We need to push for "Protesters' Bills of Rights" in state legislatures to codify the right to protest.

Basav Sen ·


This Is a Climate Emergency. We Need More Than Half-Measures from Democrats.

How to get the Democrats’ climate policy from “better than the Republicans” to “sufficient to save the planet.”

Basav Sen ·


Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States

The storm ravaged India and Bangladesh all the worse because of social and economic inequality. The same, or worse, could happen here.

Basav Sen ·


Fossil Fuel Bailouts Are Class War. This Is How We Fight Back

Only a recovery based on principles such as those of the people’s bailout would be able to create a more just society out of the ashes of the coronavirus crisis.

Basav Sen ·


Cruel Immigration Policies Make the Pandemic Worse

Warehousing people in unsanitary conditions and then deporting them to poor countries is a recipe for contagion.

Basav Sen ·

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