Basav Sen joined the Institute for Policy Studies as the Climate Justice Project Director in February 2017. His work focuses on climate solutions at the national, state, and local level that address racial, economic, gender and other forms of inequality.

Prior to joining IPS, Basav worked for about 11 years as a strategic corporate campaign researcher at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). He has also had experience as a campaigner on the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and global finance and trade issues. As a member of a grassroots neighborhood-based environmental group, he has been involved in local struggles on energy justice in Washington DC.

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

When it comes to distributing financial support, the federal government should be propping up those who need it most.

Congress: Put Workers and Communities First, Not Corporate Polluters

The IPS Climate Policy Program and 339 other organizations are calling on Congress to support ordinary people through this crisis, not the fossil fuel industry.

COVID-19 ‘Shock Doctrine’ Has Begun

We need a collective response to the coronavirus crisis to bring out the best of humanity.

Cruel Immigration Policies Make the Pandemic Worse

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

Don’t Use Coronavirus to Bail out Oil and Gas Companies

The fossil-fuel industry’s problems were self-inflicted, and it’s barreling us toward the next crisis.

Five Ways Using Stimulus Funds for Energy Efficiency Would Reduce Inequality and Protect the Planet

Any economic stimulus package must include an initiative to retrofit homes and public buildings for low-income communities and communities of color.

Why the Trump-Modi Friendship Is So Dangerous

India is tilting toward fascism with U.S. backing. That’s not just dangerous for Indians — Americans should beware, too.

When It Comes to Sustainability, Amazon Delivers… Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Amazon profits from helping oil and gas companies destroy the planet more frugally. Jeff Bezos’ $10 billion climate fund must be viewed in this context.

Dear Countries at the Madrid Climate Talks, We’re a Rogue Superpower. Sanction Us, Please.

Responsible world governments could publicly shame the US government for its climate policies, with sanctions to follow if we don’t step up our game.

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

The Washington Post downplayed the most hopeful findings of their own poll on climate action, so we highlighted those findings for them.

Crony Capitalism Can’t Save Coal Country

What coal country needs is a just transition from a corporate-controlled extractive economy to a community-driven Green New Deal.

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

From Brazil to India to the United States, extractive industries have aligned themselves with authoritarian governments waging war on minority populations.

Hurricane Dorian Is a Grave Climate Injustice

The destruction of the Bahamas highlights the Global North’s debt to the South for slavery, colonialism, and the climate crisis.

Name and Shame Big Political Contributors

Donors don’t like it, but using this publicly available information is one of the best ways to fight corruption.

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

As the Amazon burns, the terrifying parallels between the U.S. and Brazilian governments highlight the damage authoritarian leaders are doing.

“Freedom Gas” Will Be Used to Justify Oppression at Home and Abroad

As anti-extraction protests gain momentum, government responds with threats of federal prison time for those who interfere with the fossil fuel industry.

Trump’s War on Science is Grounds to Impeach

Trump’s latest impeachable offense? His administration intends to actively interfere in climate research by federal scientists.

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

The Modi government’s far-right bigotry is well-known, but its equally disturbing environmental record isn’t.

Beyond the Paris Accord

In an interview with CounterSpin, Basav Sen says the U.S. should fund international climate mitigation and climate adaptation policies.

How Trade Agreements Stand in the Way of an International Green New Deal

To reduce emissions abroad, the U.S. must renegotiate its trade agreements.

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