FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Doesn’t Want to Admit How Enormous the Internet Economy Really Is

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press Good news: A recent poll found that Net Neutrality remains popular on both sides of the political spectrum. Bad news: Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is still hell-bent on destroying it. To justify his ill-conceived plan, Pai has been promoting the demonstrably false...
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Delay of Five Energy Efficiency Standards is Against the Law

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By Lauren Urbanek, National Resources Defense Council As promised, NRDC sued the Trump administration today for delaying five energy efficiency standards that would generate more than $11 billion in energy bill savings and 25 million metric tons of reductions in carbon pollution. NRDC—as well...
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Pruitt Versus Environmental Cleanup

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By Scott Slesinger, National Resources Defense Council When Scott Pruitt speaks, he knows he must say that EPA needs to go back to its core mission of protecting air and water. The next sentence and paragraph usually then announces a new policy that weakens air and water protections. The one......
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Trump’s Nominee for Top EPA Enforcement Lawyer Set to Testify. Here’s What We Want to Know.

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform Susan Bodine, an attorney with significant experience on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) at the agency. She is...
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Kids Defend the EPA

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By Lisa Hoyos, Sierra Club Climate Parents has teamed up with Mobilizing Media, a collective of media professionals, to produce three videos featuring children speaking out to save the EPA from Trump’s proposed deep cuts. “We hope these videos will motivate people who value the health of our...
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The EPA Brings Back Mercury Pollution Rule After NRDC Sues

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By National Resources Defense Council In response to an NRDC lawsuit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restored a rule to protect the public from mercury pollution. <img typeof=”foaf:Image”...
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Slow and Steady Progress Getting Toxic Chemicals Out of Soaps, Shampoos, and More

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By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG If you give consumers the choice between a shampoo containing cancer causing chemicals and one without, and I think it’s fairly obvious which one they’d choose to wash their hair with. Smaller, niche companies used to be the go-to providers for toxic-free products, but...
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A Couple Lesser-Known Bits of Mayhem in the Financial CHOICE Act

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By Josh Bivens and Heidi Shierholz, Economy Policy Institute Today the U.S. House of Representatives begins consideration of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a sweeping bill that would make a number of extensive changes to the institutions that oversee the American monetary and financial...
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Pruitt and Trump Seek to Illegally Delay Air Pollution Standard, Jeopardize Public Health

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Late Tuesday we learned that Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, will illegally attempt to delay the implementation of the 2015 smog pollution standard by one year, yielding to the demands of polluters and their political allies. For every person...
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“Wrong Choice” Act on House Floor Today Harms CFPB’s Protection of Service Members and Veterans

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By Ed Mierzwinksi, U.S. PIRG UPDATE: Link to our letter to all Representatives opposing the Wrong Choice Act. Original Post: Yesterday we released the U.S. PIRG Education Fund/Frontier Group report “Protecting Those Who Serve,” showing how the CFPB works to protect service members, veterans and...
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7 States Give Pruitt an “F” in Science, Challenge EPA Over Pesticide That Harms Children

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Back in March, EPA Administrator and science skeptic Scott Pruitt ignored his agency’s own science when he canceled a planned ban on chlorpyrifos, a well-studied pesticide that has been shown to damage children’s developing brains and...
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The Data Are In…and Show That the Fiduciary Rule Will Help Retirement Savers

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By Monique Morrissey, Economic Policy Institute As the Trump administration considers weakening the long-awaited “fiduciary rule”, industry-backed groups continue to release transparently self-serving “research” purporting to show that the rule, which protects retirement savers against sales...
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