New Research Affirms That Corporate Interest Lobbying at OIRA Holds Sway

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform When asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, the notorious bank robber Willie Sutton is said to have responded, “Because that’s where the money is.”  For decades, the accepted conventional wisdom held that a similar dynamic motivated legions of...
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SEC Finally Delivers on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

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By Teamster Power, the Teamsters It took five years, but now workers and shareholders will know how much a company’s top executive makes compared to the average worker there. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the CEO pay ratio rule at a meeting today after years of...
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The Final Clean Power Plan: Facts Trumped the Noise

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists Monday was a great day for our country. I was honored to attend, on behalf of UCS, the ceremony in the East Room of the White House where President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled the final Clean Power Plan. The plan,...
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Cleaner Power for Americans: Putting People First, Not Coal Companies

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By Dave Hawkins, Natural Resources Defense Council On Monday President Obama announced EPA’s new safeguards to clean up America’s power plants, putting an end to the era of unlimited coal plant pollution. Within hours, the air was filled with complaints that the standard is too...
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New Forest Service Report Tallies the Steeply Rising Costs of Fighting Wildfires

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists We’re in peak fire season and, sadly, early predictions for a high-risk season are coming true. The National Interagency Fire Center’s predictions for August show continuing above normal fire risks for the western U.S. and Alaska. Today the...
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10 Ways the Clean Power Plan Protects Electric Grid Reliability

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By John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council EPA’s just-released Clean Power Plan final standards will cut carbon pollution from our nation’s power plants while protecting grid reliability. EPA’s standards give states the time and the flexibility to design customized plans...
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The Biggest Climate Regulation You Might Not Know About

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists The web is abuzz right now over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and rightly so—this is one of the President’s key items under his Climate Action Plan. But did you know that the EPA recently proposed another major climate regulation? In June, the...
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Airbags Have Saved Tens of Thousands of Americans; Industry Obstruction Cost Three Times As Many

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By Ronald White, Center for Effective Government Currently, the total number of vehicles with potentially defective airbags that have been recalled has expanded to nearly 34 million – or about 18 percent of the more than 183 million cars on the road. So far, 8 deaths and over 100 serious...
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Food Industry Asks FDA to Keep Artificial Trans Fat: Petition Asks for Significant, if Smaller, Amounts in Some Foods

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By the Center for Science in the Public Interest The food industry is fighting to preserve its use of artificial trans fat in a wide variety of foods. A food additive petition filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association is asking the Food and Drug Administration for formal approval to use......
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