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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Police officers take position to shoot tear gas at the demonstrators in Downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 in protest against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. (Photo: Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Law Enforcement's Dangerous Double Standards on Protest
If the images of armed white supremacists overrunning the Capitol on January 6 had receded to the back of anyone’s mind, Trump’s recently concluded impeachment trial has brought them front and center again. While the former president wasn’t formally convicted, the trial revealed the complicity of...
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Slaying this monster once and for all has to start with ending the culture of legalized bribery and corruption, in which wealthy individuals and corporations can fund far-right extremism inside and outside government, often anonymously. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, January 21, 2021
How the Fossil Fuel Industry Funds Fascism
The year 2020 will be remembered in history for a deadly pandemic and a deep economic crisis that touched almost every country on earth. Hopes for a brighter 2021 were one of the few things most people could agree on. But just six days into the new year, these hopes were rudely shattered by images...
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People protest against the Enbridge Energy Line 3 oil pipeline project outside the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 14, 2020. Increasingly, corporate-funded politicians are criminalizing efforts to roll back the harms fossil fuel interests are doing to vulnerable communities. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, December 05, 2020
Corporations Paying Lawmakers to Outlaw Protest Is a Crime Against Democracy
A few years ago, massive protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock changed the popular narrative about what climate activism looked like. The protests made clear that ramming dangerous pipelines through vulnerable communities wasn't going to be easy anymore. But since then,...
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"To go from mere­ly ​'bet­ter than the Repub­li­cans' to ​'suf­fi­cient to save the plan­et,' the [Democratic] par­ty needs to shift its think­ing in sev­er­al areas," writes Sen, "Key among these are end­ing fos­sil fuel pro­duc­tion, tak­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty for U.S. emis­sions inter­na­tion­al­ly, and humane­ly wel­com­ing refugees impact­ed by cli­mate change." (Photo: michael_swan/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, September 11, 2020
This Is a Climate Emergency. We Need More Than Half-Measures from Democrats.
From dere­chos in Iowa to duel­ing hur­ri­canes in the Gulf Coast, 2020 is promis­ing to be an elec­tion year shot through with cli­mate dis­as­ters. Even now, rag­ing wild­fires have spawned apoc­a­lyp­tic land­scapes from Wash­ing­ton State on down to the Bay Area. In style and sub­stance, there...
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A Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) volunteer uses a megaphone to urge residents to evacuate to shelters ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Amphan in Khulna on May 19, 2020. Views
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States
In the march of the news cycle in U.S. media, the devastation of Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh and Eastern India is all but forgotten. But the several million people who live there, and those of us with ancestral ties to the region, don’t have the luxury of forgetting. Neither, really, should anyone...
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A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, on April 25, 2020. The price for crude oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history on April 20 amid the global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Monday, May 18, 2020
Fossil Fuel Bailouts Are Class War. This Is How We Fight Back
Global oil markets are in turmoil, with crude prices at their lowest level in years, even going negative at one point in April. When the U.S. economy is in trouble, the default option for political leadership is to rescue big business. The current coronavirus-induced crisis is no exception. Even as...
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If conditions are this cruel now, imagine what it will be like as climate change accelerates. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Cruel Immigration Policies Make the Pandemic Worse
The rapid spread of the coronavirus is, for good reason, causing a global panic. Almost every region of the world is affected, with the disease rapidly spreading to new areas. Fear is justifiable. Directing it against people who have nothing to do with the crisis is reprehensible. Donald Trump, for...
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Two-thirds of respondents support increased spending on climate resilience for communities who are vulnerable to disasters. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
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...
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Large majorities of Americans want serious governmental action on climate change that incorporates social justice and workers’ rights, all paid for by progressive taxation. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images) Views
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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Donald Trump with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: White House / Flickr) Views
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...
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