A Toast to Efficiency Standards for Beverage Coolers

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council You’ll soon be able to savor that refreshing glass of wine even more, knowing that it’s chilled by a beverage cooler that sips, rather than gulps, energy. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week released a direct final rule establishing...
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VICTORY: CFPB Issues Strong Prepaid Card Protections for Consumers

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By Christina Tetreault, Consumers Union Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued strong rules to protect consumers who use prepaid cards to make purchases and manage their money.   Prepaid cards look and work much like debit cards, but no bank account is required.   Over...
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BLM’s Plan for 65 Illegal Leases on White River National Forest Woefully Out of Balance

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By Michael Freeman, Earthjustice A recent article in The Denver Post described in glowing terms the Bureau of Land Management’s new plan for dealing with 65 illegally issued oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest. The article referred to “ranchers arm in arm with mountain bikers”...
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Reining in Mineral Mismanagement on Public Lands

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By Mia Steinle and Ari Goldberg, Project on Government Oversight If public lands are owned by the American people, shouldn’t taxpayers get their fair share of profits from gas, oil, and minerals that private companies pull out of that ground and sell on global markets? That’s the premise of the...
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Should Coal Plants Be Immune from Carbon Regulation? “That Can’t Be Right.”

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By Joanne Spalding and Alejandra Núñez, Sierra Club Suppose there were a product that everyone used all day every day. And suppose there were two ways of making that product — one that emits a massive plume of dangerous pollution that disperses throughout the nation and indeed the globe,...
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Congress Continues its Quiet Attack on Wolves

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By Maggie Caldwell, Earthjustice As the upcoming presidential election consumes our attention, the most anti-wildlife Congress in U.S. history is entering its final stretch and quietly working to pass members’ last pet pieces of legislation. Much of the proposed legislation would have damaging...
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