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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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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It’s beyond elitist for wealthy donors to a president who openly incites violence and hate to complain of "harassment" when they face criticism. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
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...
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CANDEIRAS DO JAMARI, RONDÔNIA, BRAZIL: Aerial view of a large burned area in the city of Candeiras do Jamari in the state of Rondônia. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace) Views
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...
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A recent study conducted by Australian climate experts has forecasted that rapidly warming global temperatures could cause human civilization to collapse as early as 2050. (Photo: GRIDArendal) Views
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...
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Views
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,...
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