Volkswagen Scandal Undermines Public Confidence

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By Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League It’s hard to explain how a company such as Volkswagen, with a strong reputation among consumers for making affordable, safe, and reliable cars, could have gone so far astray. VW computer engineers, we’ve learned of late, developed and installed...
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CFPB Site Now Features Consumer Complaint Narratives

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By Conor Laing, Consumers Union Are you shopping for a financial product or service – like a loan, credit card, or bank account? If so, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), you have a powerful resource on your side. This summer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
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Exxon’s Early Knowledge of Climate Risks, Their Long Campaign of Climate Deception and Why It Matters

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By Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists Internal Exxon memos recently brought to light through meticulous investigative reporting by Inside Climate News (ICN) show that senior company executives knew by 1978 that emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels posed significant risks of...
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Blankenship on Trial: Breaking Safety Laws “Expected” at Massey Energy, Says Federal Prosecutor

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By the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health It’s the safety trial of the century: Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is facing up to thirty years in prison. Jury selection began last week at a federal courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia. Prosecutors and defense lawyers...
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The Media Is Missing the Most Important Part of the VW Scandal

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By Matt Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform Courtesy of the New York Times, here’s a bit of reporting that is emblematic of the way the press has covered the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal: Volkswagen said on Tuesday that the scandal would cut deeply into this year’s profit. And the...
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