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.
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.
It's time for the world to consider sanctioning the U.S. and companies who benefit from its efforts to undermine climate action.
Trump administration policies are systematically making natural disasters more harmful for the poor and people of color.
Our culture of legalized bribery makes climate disasters more likely, but there's an alternative.
Rick Perry was all ready to release a broadside against clean energy policies. Career civil servants pulled the rug out.
Investing in the renewable energy economy is a win-win-win for consumers, but fossil fuel interests will do anything to prove otherwise.
The mercury is rising, and so are utility bills. So why does this administration want to scrap those Energy Star labels that help us save?
But by pursuing aggressive climate change action, states can create opportunities for scientists and engineers to remain in the United States. Let’s just hope they don’t jump ship for France first.
Exiting the Paris climate pact is a colossal foreign policy mistake. But it may prevent the U.S. from watering down future agreements.
As the Trump administration continues to falsely claim that fossil fuels are needed for job growth, cities and states can play a larger role in addressing climate change and creating jobs, IPS climate policy expert Basav Sen told Rising Up with Sonali.
Political attack against renewables to ignore billions in polluter welfare.
Policy change at the state level can keep environmental policy rolling forward, even as the federal government tries to roll it back.
A new report explains how states and cities can lift up low-income households through green energy initiatives.
Wind and solar could create many, many more jobs than coal — especially if the government stops propping it up.
This report compiles existing state models for Renewable Portfolio Standards expansion and distributed solar access to low-income communities to create best practices for RPS legislation that can be replicated around the country.
Renewable Portfolio Standards and Distributed Solar Access for Low-Income Households
Renew Oregon is advancing innovative climate justice proposals, building on a legislative victory to expand the state’s use of renewable energy, with strong benefits for low-income consumers.