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.
Transportation network services have resisted regulations on workers' rights, traffic safety, and the environment. The public shouldn't subsidize them.
Metro's plan to subsidize its own competition will hurt the planet, public transit, and the working people who rely on it.
The right wing could use the shutdown as a pretext to accelerate cuts to public services it deems 'inessential.'
Barriers to public transit access make it harder for people, particularly people of color and the poor, to get to jobs and schools.
Kicking the can down the road appears to be a bipartisan sport in Washington.
The White House’s crude deflections on science aren’t simply ignorant — they’re calculated to serve the fossil fuel industry at the entire planet’s expense.
There Can Be No Climate Justice Without Workers’ Rights
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Shocking as this sounds, the U.S. government is — by its own admission — willing to murder up to 1,600 Americans a year to enrich a few coal billionaires.
Low-income people and communities of color are disproportionately energy insecure. Here's how energy efficiency policy can address the divide.
How State Energy Efficiency Policy Can Mitigate Climate Change, Create Jobs, and Address Racial and Economic Inequality
Energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels - and at a faster rate and lower cost.
When a literal reading of the law makes it harder to regulate corporations, judges like Kavanaugh stick to a literal reading. When it doesn't, they get creative.
The disastrous impacts of Hurricane Maria were made worse by inequalities of race, income and access to U.S. political power.
Renewable resources won't threaten America's electric grid.
The petty corruptions lawmakers grilled Pruitt for pale in comparison to his actual policy record at the EPA.
Only a system premised on extreme inequality would choose fossil fuel profits over the future of humanity.
In this White House, the most dangerous industry on earth has a stranglehold on U.S. foreign policy.
In a political system awash with money, it's Big Coal vs. democracy.
It kills the modest credits for wind, solar, and electric cars, while preserving much larger ones for fossil fuels.