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The FCC’s Plan to End Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know

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By Candace Clement, Free Press The details of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to destroy Net Neutrality are out. And they’re even worse than expected. Our lawyers and policy experts are reviewing the reports and gathering details about Pai’s plan. This is our first read on the...
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10 Things We’re Even More Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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By Lecia Imbery, Coalition on Human Needs Thankfulness isn’t the first sentiment that comes to mind these days. Giant tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor. Children’s health insurance in jeopardy. Millions of Americans still suffering in Puerto Rico, the Virgin...
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Beyond the Dinner Table — U.S. Poultry Plant Workers at Risk

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform On Thanksgiving Day, families across the country will sit down for huge feasts, filling their bellies with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and lots of gravy. My mouth is watering just writing about it. In many households,...
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A Stench That Sickens and an EPA That Doesn’t Care

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By Jonathan Smith, Eathjustice Your Thanksgiving turkey, like most meat in America, was probably produced at an industrial animal facility in rural America. These facilities hold thousands or tens of thousands of animals in a confined space and can produce as much waste as a...
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Despite EPA Knowledge of Health Hazards, Fracking Chemicals Remain Secret

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By Tasha Stoiber, Environmental Working Group The Environmental Protection Agency knows that dozens of the chemicals used in fracking pose health hazards. The agency not only allows their use, but also lets the oil and gas industry keep the chemicals secret, according to a new...
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Millions Fewer Would Get Overtime Protections If the Overtime Threshold Were Only $31,000

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute Federal law requires that people working more than 40 hours a week be paid 1.5 times their rate of pay for the extra hours, but exempts salaried workers who make above a certain salary threshold and are deemed to have “executive,...
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Three Inspiring Activists Share Their Net Neutrality Stories

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By Alison Brzenchek, Free Press We’re at a critical moment in the fight for Net Neutrality. The FCC is expected to vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to destroy the open-internet rules at its Dec. 14 meeting. Our people power is the only thing that can stop the agency from...
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The Big Lie Behind the Trump Assault on Our Environment and Health

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Of course we can balance environmental progress with economic growth. As delegates from nearly 200 countries gathered in Germany this month to advance global action to fight climate change, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief...
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We Just Sued the Trump Administration for Rolling Back Progress on Equal Pay

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By JoAnna Suriani, National Women’s Law Center This week, the National Women’s Law Center, Democracy Forward, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to block a critical tool to help...
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An Open Letter to Ajit Pai

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By Free Press Congratulations, Ajit Pai. Today you’ve turned over our collective resource of the public broadcast airwaves to a company whose business model is built on tearing apart the fabric of communities by pushing racist fearmongering in the guise of news. You granted...
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Pruitt’s EPA Abandoning Duty to Protect Kids From Dangerous Pesticides

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group Five years is a long time in the life of a child – and for the child’s parents. Five years can be a period of profound change, growth and development. But if Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has his way, millions of...
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Three Things You Should Know About Poultry Line Speeds (And How Safe Line Speeds Keep Chicken Safe to Eat)

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By UFCW Oxfam estimates that each person eats 89 pounds of chicken a year – which means as a country, we’re eating close to 9 billion birds per year. It’s a major, multi-billion dollar industry that supplies us with chicken nuggets, wings, and the foundation for so many of our......
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Will a Pharma Fox Run the Health Care Henhouse?

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By Alan Zibel, Public Citizen Just weeks after denouncing “out-of-control” prescription prices, President Donald Trump showed that giant pharmaceutical companies have nothing to fear from the Trump administration. In fact, they couldn’t be more pleased. By nominating a former...
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CPR Member Scholar Hammond Brings a Real EPA ‘Back to Basics’ Lesson to Senate

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, CPR Member Scholar Emily Hammond is testifying at a Senate subcommittee hearing that will examine four bills that amount to “rifle shot” attacks on the Clean Air Act’s public health and environmental...
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Halloween Over, But Congress Mixing Up Witches’ Brew of Bank Rollbacks Anyway

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG It’s Halloween again in the banking committees on Capitol Hill, with tricks for consumers and taxpayers, and treats for banks and payday lenders. The 2008 financial collapse? Their view: Really? That economic collapse of 2008 is so much just...
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Scott Pruitt Is Still Dancing to the Beat of Big Polluters

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By Juanita Constible and David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt asked Americans in April how they feel about rolling back health and environmental safeguards. More than 468,000 people responded, a fact the EPA boss...
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Pai’s Big-Media Handout Won’t Help Communities

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai claimed in a New York Times Op-Ed Thursday that his ill-conceived plans to overhaul media-ownership rules are in fact a long-overdue move to rescue the struggling newspaper industry. The chairman’s piece is rife with lies of...
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The Government Should Block the AT&T-Time Warner Deal — But Not Because Trump Hates CNN

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press AT&T’s plan to take over Time Warner has hit a snag at the Justice Department. According to press reports, top DoJ officials have told AT&T executives that they may need to divest Time Warner’s Turner Networks — including CNN — for the...
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McCain, Flake, Pence and Trump: Wall Street Collaborators

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By Lisa Gilbert, Public Citizen On Oct. 24, U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Vice President Mike Pence voted to help Wall Street steal from Main Street consumers. At issue was whether customers who have been ripped off or scammed by a bank, credit...
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Would Chemical Safety Measures Under Dourson Protect Military Families? Probably Not.

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By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists Dr. Michael Dourson, a toxicologist with a history of providing consultation to the chemical industry, could become the head of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) at the Environmental Protection Agency...
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Scientists, Please Don’t Listen to Scott Pruitt

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Everything about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s directive to change the agency’s science advisory boards was damaging to the way that science informs policy at our nation’s premier public health agency. Mr. Pruitt based his...
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Trump’s Consumer Advocate Nominee Often Fights Consumers

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice Most people probably don’t think or hear much about the Consumer Product Safety Commission—that is, unless their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ignites or loose blade pieces from their Cuisinart end up chipping their teeth. But the commission best known...
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USDA Secretary Sidelines Science, Sells Out Farmers, Workers and Eaters

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Lest you think the Trump administration’s headlong rush toward rejecting science in favor of industry deregulation is mostly a problem in Scott Pruitt’s EPA, recent less-reported developments at the US Department of...
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ENERGY STAR Is a Success. Fund It, Don’t Change It!

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council ENERGY STAR®, the extremely successful, voluntary labeling program for the more energy efficient appliances, equipment, and buildings, will be the subject of a congressional hearing tomorrow centering on a draft proposal to...
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Is EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Focused on Getting ‘Back to Basics’ or Slashing and Burning Our Environmental Protections?

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By Brian Gumm, Center for Progressive Reform In an article just published in the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official Bob Sussman examines the tenure of Administrator Scott Pruitt thus far. I...
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FERC Gas Pipeline Review Process Needs 21st Century Approach

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By Montina Cole, Natural Resources Defense Council Nearly two decades ago, federal energy regulators established guidelines for evaluating proposed natural gas pipelines. Coal was still king, the Google search engine was new, Americans were voracious energy consumers, and climate...
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Organic Is in the Soil

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By the National Family Farm Coalition In September 2017, NFFC submitted the following comments to USDA written by Jim Goodman, an organic dairy and beef farmer from WI and member of Family Farm Defenders. Unfortunately, USDA’s National Organic Standards Board did not heed the...
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NLRB’s $21 Million Settlement Reminds Us Why Working People Need Strong Unions and Robust Labor Law Enforcement

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By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute On October 30, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it had reached a $21.6 million settlement with VIUSA, Inc. and the Teamsters Local 89. Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent...
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The PFOA Drinking Water Contamination Crisis Just Got Much Bigger

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By David Andrews and Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that 1 percent of samples from public drinking water systems nationwide were contaminated with PFOA, a nonstick chemical formerly used to make DuPont’s...
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Questions for Scott Mugno, Trump’s Pick to Lead OSHA

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By Katie Tracy, Union of Concerned Scientists Scott Mugno, Vice President for Safety, Sustainability, and Vehicle Maintenance at Fed Ex Ground in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is President Trump’s pick to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Although...
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Pruitt Seeks to Reopen Truck Pollution Loophole Per Cronies’ Request

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists In a particularly scary development, the EPA just proposed to repeal part of the recent regulations on heavy-duty vehicles. The proposal would affect “glider vehicles” and would reopen a loophole so big you could, well, drive a truck...
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Return to Sender: The Wrong Nominee for Worker-Safety Agency

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By Shanna Devine, Public Citizen The Trump administration’s nominee to lead run the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the wrong track record for the job. OSHA has been leaderless since January, when the Obama administration’s former U.S. Assistant Secretary...
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National COSH on Nomination of Scott Mugno to Lead OSHA: Congress and Agency Must Focus on Terrible Toll of Workplace Deaths, Injuries and Illness

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By National COSH With the nomination of Scott Mugno, a vice president of FedEx, to head the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Congress and the agency must focus on the terrible toll of preventable injuries, illnesses and deaths that take place every year...
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Escaping the Zombie Riders

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By Michell McIntyre, Public Citizen It’s Halloween and the ghouls and ghosts are out raising hell. However, some flying monkeys from a variety of villains resurfaced earlier this year and have been wreaking havoc for months and will continue to do so if something isn’t done. When...
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Trump’s Halloween Trick: Tax Cuts Don’t Raise Pay, But Strong Overtime Rules Would

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By Amy Traub, Demos This Halloween, Donald Trump’s “friend of the working man” costume is getting increasingly threadbare. While the purported billionaire has long tried to masquerade as an ally of the little guy—a champion of ordinary American workers and consumers overlooked by...
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Pruitt Purges Independent Scientists from EPA Advisory Boards

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By Christina Swanson, Natural Resources Defense Council Scott Pruitt, Trump’s head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, took more steps today to weaken the role of science for protecting the public from harmful chemicals and pollution, announcing unprecedented changes to...
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Scott Pruitt Deals Yet Another Blow to Independent Science Advice at the EPA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Before September, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board was composed of 47 scientists volunteering their time as public servants to help advise the agency on issues ranging from the safety of selected chemicals to the types of models used...
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An Analysis of OHV Recalls: Increasing Number of OHVs Pulled from Market Due to Safety Concerns

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By Consumer Federation of America A Consumer Federation of America (CFA) analysis of off highway vehicle (OHV) recalls found that in the past eight years the number of recalls has increased from two recalls in 2010 to 19 recalls in 2017. OHVs include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs),...
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Scott Pruitt’s EPA Just Shut the Door on Independent Scientists

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By Tyler Smith, Earthjustice The head of the Environmental Protection Agency unleashed an attack today on scientific input to the agency by removing and restricting independent scientific advisors. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decreed that scientists who receive EPA funding for...
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Lawsuit Update: DOE Inaction Costs Consumers Billions

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC sued the Trump administration back in June for delaying five energy efficiency standards that would save consumers more than $11 billion on their energy bills and reduce carbon pollution by 25 million metric tons. That...
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CPR Launches New Database on State Prosecutions of Crimes Against Workers

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Too often, workplace injuries and deaths result from company policies and practices that encourage and reward unacceptably risky behavior under the false pretense that cutting corners is standard practice and no one will get hurt. As...
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Pruitt Rejects Advice from Independent Scientists Based on False Premises

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists This week Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to issued a new directive, following up on his speech at the Heritage Foundation, that bans scientists with EPA grants from serving on the agency’s...
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Trick or Treating for Net Neutrality

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is super-proud of his oversized Reese’s coffee cup — so Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron decided to dress up as the infamous mug during our Net Neutrality protest in Washington, D.C., on Monday morning. Activists and...
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EPA Chief Backs Another Pesticide Harmful to Kids

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By Olga Naidenko, Environmental Working Group A pesticide called dicamba has become a poster child for the arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers. By drifting from fields of crops genetically engineered to withstand it onto unprotected neighboring...
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The EPA Science Advisory Board Is Being Compromised. Here’s Why That Matters.

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The capture of the EPA by the industries it is supposed to regulate is expected to take another step forward as EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is poised to compromise the integrity of the EPA Science Advisory Board. Multiple...
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Standards Save Trillions. Why Mess With a Good Thing, DOE?

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a review of the regulations it oversees this week, and the results are what you’d expect from an administration that repeatedly prioritizes polluters over people. If DOE moves forward with...
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Stop Ajit Pai’s Plan to Gut the Media-Ownership Rules and Build Trump TV

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By Craig Aaron, Free Press The Senate should have fired FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month when it had the chance because he’s proving to be crueler and more dishonest than we feared. Now that his job is secure, Pai is wasting no time in carrying out Donald Trump’s deregulatory,......
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Beauty and the Beast: Fix Broken Cosmetics Law with Real Reform, Not Loopholes

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By Melanie Benesh and Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Federal law on cosmetics and other personal care products is badly broken and has not been updated for nearly 80 years. This year, senators have introduced two bills to update the law – but the proposals couldn’t be...
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Trump Betrays Small Farmers, Bows to Big Meat

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By Rick Claypool, Public Citizen Donald Trump once had his own brand of steaks and prefers his meat well-done. Now he is taking the butcher’s knife to the livelihood of small farmers. Big agricultural corporations exert their near-monopoly power to force small farmers into...
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Congress Moves to Bolster Pruitt’s Agenda of Delay, Delay, Delay

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By Patrice Simms, Earthjustice During the frigid winter months, the skies of Fairbanks, Alaska, should be lit up with the ghostly green of the Northern Lights. Instead, the city is often shrouded in a noxious fog made up of pollution from wood-burning heaters, idling cars and...
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