Let’s Derail Fast Track Authority

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By Debbie Barker, International Programs Director, Center for Food Safety Everyone knows that the Obama Administration and Republican leadership in Congress rarely agree on anything, but when it comes to sealing the deal on non-transparent trade agreements they seem to be bosom buddies....
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Despite Hoopla, Court Challenge to Clean Power Plan Likely to Fail

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By David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council The much ballyhooed legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by coal companies and conservative state attorneys-general, ran out of steam today...
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Let the EPA Be a Real Referee

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By David Brodwin, Co-Founder & Board Member, American Sustainable Business Council America’s entrepreneurs have long applied chemistry to make new products that enrich our lives. But sadly, many chemical innovations have turned out to be dangerous, even deadly. Asbestos and formaldehyde...
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Department of Labor Proposes Protecting People with Retirement Savings Accounts Against Bad Investment Advice

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By Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts, National Women’s Law Center Did you know that the financial advisors you pay to help you decide how to invest your IRA or 401(k) aren’t required to act in your best interest? That they can recommend the...
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Two Years After West Disaster, Are Our Communities Any Safer?

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By Anya Vanecek, Public Health Digital Campaigner, U.S. PIRG Two years ago today (April 17th, 2013), a fertilizer plant explosion devastated West, Texas. Fifteen people died, including 12 volunteer firefighters. The blast demolished an apartment building and nursing home, and damaged three...
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House Republicans Vote Against Protecting Your Drinking Water

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By Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, National Resources Defense Council Did you drink water today? If so, you’ll want to read this post, because Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing legislation that threatens our drinking water. Yesterday, the House Transportation and...
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Tilting at Windmills: The Coal Industry’s Vain Attempt to Stop Carbon Pollution Safeguards

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By Joanne Spalding, Chief Climate Counsel, Sierra Club If you are looking for the latest sign that the coal industry is desperate, look no further than the three lawsuits coal companies and their defenders are bringing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday. Big...
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CPR Member Scholars Call on Congress to Reject ‘Unnecessary’ and ‘Unwise’ REINS Act

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By James Goodwin, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Progressive Reform Yesterday morning, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a markup on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015, or REINS Act (H.R. 427).  Even among the many extreme anti-regulatory bills that...
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Former Supplement Officials Regulate Supplements at FDA

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Meet the New Snake Oil, Same as the Old Snake Oil By Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest During the administration of President Woodrow Wilson, government investigators performed laboratory tests of Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment — a potion...
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FDA Food Ingredient Approval Process Violates Law, Says CSPI

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Flawed ‘GRAS’ System Lets Novel Chemicals Into Food Supply Without FDA Safety Review by the Center for Science in the Public Interest Consumers are being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals that industry self-certifies as safe for use in foods, with little or no scrutiny from the Food...
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Defeating the Public Interest One Bill at a Time: The ALERT Act (H.R. 1759)

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By James Goodwin, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Progressive Reform Background:  Tomorrow, the full House Judiciary Committee will be holding a markup of the H.R. 1759, the All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act of 2015 (ALERT Act), sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.).  The House...
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Annual Energy Outlook 2015: EIA Consistently Lowballs Renewables, Undercuts Climate Change Efforts

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By John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration is about to publish its annual best guess as to what the future will hold, energy-wise. But if the past is any guide, their best guess is likely to lowball...
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