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Sham “Public” Process Accompanies EPA Rollback of Safeguards

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By Andrew Wetzler, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency just kicked off an effort to gut many of the regulations that safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink. EPA leadership announced this push with a “public” process designed minimize...
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Financial Choice Act: A Cruel Choice for the CFPB & Consumers

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG This week, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX) tees up his so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0 (draft) with a Wednesday 26 April hearing. Some call it the Wall Street’s Choice Act or the Wrong Choice Act; I wonder if a better name...
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Observing Workers’ Memorial Week 2017: Pushing Back Against Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda

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By Emily Gardner, Public Citizen Each year, our nation observes Workers’ Memorial Week to mourn those individuals who have lost their lives on the job. It also serves as an important time to amplify and expand the fight for safe jobs for all working people. Annually in the U.S.,...
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NRDC to Scott Pruitt: Stop Sham “Reg Reform” & Do Your Job

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Later today I will deliver remarks for NRDC at the Environmental Protection Agency’s first public session―a three-hour teleconference―to get “public input” on Clean Air Act “regulations that may be appropriate for repeal,...
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Got Rickrolled by Net Neutrality Activists

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By Saurav Sarkar, Free Press When I think about stories I’ll tell my grandkids about my days at Free Press, this week’s protest will be among them. I and several other activists disrupted a public Federal Communications Commission meeting using a classic Internet meme, t...
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Attacks on Energy Star Program Hurt Consumers and Threaten Progress on Energy Efficiency Nationwide

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By Jason Kuruvilla and Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Consumers Union You would think that a program that has a over a 1000x return on investment would be a key candidate for further funding. You’d be wrong. The Energy Star program, a voluntary program that certifies products as...
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Pruitt Delays Critical Methane Protections on Specious Grounds

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By Joanne Spalding and Andres Restrepo, Sierra Club Scott Pruitt is continuing his relentless assault on public health and a stable climate as Administrator of Donald Trump’s EPA. Acting at the behest of corporate polluters, Pruitt announced on Tuesday that EPA would reconsider,...
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New Report: Trump’s New ‘Regulatory Czar’ and the Continuing Assault on Our Safeguards

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform As the clock ticked closer to the end of the work day a few Fridays back, the Trump administration quietly made an announcement certain to put smiles on the faces of many corporate interest lobbyists in and around the DC Beltway:...
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Prepaid Card Users in Every State Could Lose Protections

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress About 23 million Americans and 1 in 10 households use prepaid debit cards, and more than $270 billion in payments was made on them in 2015—yet this Congress may choose to gut protections for them. Under the Congressional Review Act, or...
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EPA Should Not Delay an Update to Its Chemical Facility Safety (RMP) Rule

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists As you may know, Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying or “reconsidering” numerous science-based safeguards, generally at the behest of industry. One of the rules caught in this delay is a very important...
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How President Trump and Congressional Republicans Are Undercutting Wages and Protections for Working People

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By Heidi Shierholz and Samantha Sanders, Economic Policy Institute We are nearly 100 days into President Donald Trump’s administration, a benchmark that gives us a chance to take stock of what the president and new Congress have accomplished and what their priorities are. We have...
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Low-Income Households Benefit Most From Improving Fuel Economy

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By Jason Kuruvilla, Consumers Union Filling up your car’s gas tank is a major monthly expense for a lot of households in the U.S. But new federal rules are hoping to lower the costs of those bills by encouraging automakers to development more fuel efficient cars and trucks. A...
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In First 100 Days, Congress Took Aim at the Democratic Foundations of America’s Environmental Laws

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By Alison Cassady and Howard Marano, Center for American Progress A review of all roll-call votes cast in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017 shows that Congress and the Trump administration have launched an assault on environmental and public health...
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Trump & Pruitt Attack EPA Clean Water Standard

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club If you like to swim, fish, or drink water, listen up. The Trump administration is coming for your clean water. Just a few days ago, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a first step toward trying to roll back standards for our biggest...
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Water ‘Too Thick to Drink, Too Thin to Plow’

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By Peter Lehner, Earthjustice President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt like to say they care about clean air and water, but actions speak louder than words. They’ve already moved to weaken drinking water protections, delay stronger smog standards and allow the...
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Net Neutrality Is Next

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By Lucia M., Free Press Last week, the Trump administration began its war on the open internet — signaling that the Net Neutrality rules we worked for over a decade to pass are next on the chopping block. We can’t lose Net Neutrality. It’s time to put Congress on notice...
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Pruitt’s “Back to Basics” Plan for EPA Means “Back To Pollution”

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By Randy Francisco, Sierra Club Just a couple months on the job and polluter friendly U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt strikes yet again, putting many American families and their health at risk by announcing that he wants to get the E...
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Advocates Concerned About EPA Plan to Set a ‘Benchmark’ for Lead in Drinking Water

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By Jennifer Chavez, Earthjustice A new plan from the EPA that would set a “benchmark” for lead in drinking water is raising alarm among environmental and health advocates. Joined by community advocates and experts from New Orleans to Milwaukee and from Flint to Washington, D.C.,...
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Deplaning of United Passenger Shows Why We Need Corporate Regulation

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By Dave Johnson, Our Future In a democracy, We the People are in charge. We are the boss of the corporations. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Apparently, that isn’t so much the way it is anymore. The United States used to regulate corporations to protect people from...
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The Key Ingredient in Trump’s Anti-Reg 2-for-1 Executive Order? Fuzzy Math

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Steve Bannon’s crusade to deconstruct the administrative state took two big steps forward last week, concluding with Donald Trump nominating George Mason University Law School professor Neomi Rao as his “regulatory...
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TSCA: The 40-Year Old Virgin

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By Daniel Rosenberg and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Will EPA ever regulate a chemical under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)? Judging solely on the history of the law, it is hard to be optimistic. Since 1976 when the law was first enacted, EPA has...
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Two for One: A Very Bad Deal for Our Nation

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By David Friedman, Union of Concerned Scientists Imagine you are in the market for a new car. You are excited to buy one with a new technology that will warn you of an imminent crash so you have enough time to hit the brakes to save your son’s or daughter’s...
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EPA Must Finalize Rules to Act on Dangerous Chemicals

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By Daniel Rosenberg and Veena Singla, Natural Resources Defense Council Talk about bad timing. After 40 years of stagnation, the most important federal law regulating chemicals for consumer product, commercial and industrial uses (the Toxic Substances Control Act, TSCA) just had...
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Americans Are Worried about Water Pollution (And They Should Be)

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Apparently the Trump administration hasn’t heard about the latest Gallup poll, which puts Americans’ concerns about water pollution and drinking water at their highest levels since 2001. Why do I say this? Because in...
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Why Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Won’t Boost the Economy

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By Michelle Zemil, Center for Progressive Reform It was Ronald Reagan who popularized attacks on regulations when he was on the campaign trail in 1980, and since then, the tactic has been an inescapable feature of our political landscape. The false claims about environmental...
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EPA Says a Pesticide Is Harmful for Children; Scott Pruitt Says Let’s Use It on Our Crops

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Last year, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) panel found that a chemical pesticide, chlorpyrifos, is unsafe to ingest at any level. So in November of 2016, the EPA proposed to completely ban its use. But last week the EPA changed course:...
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Will Scott Gottlieb Comply with Industry Plea to Stall Added Sugar Label?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, faced the Senate in his nomination hearing on Wednesday, during which he implied that delayed implementation of the science-based...
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Policy Watch: Amid a Busy Week, Congress and the President Find Time to Roll Back Protections for Working People

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Congress will begin a two-week recess when the Senate concludes its business today. Leading up to today’s adjournment, the Senate spent much of the week focused on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation. Meanwhile,...
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The CFPB’s Structure Is Constitutional and Important to Its Mission

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By Michael Landis, U.S. PIRG Last fall, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrongly concluded that the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau violates the Constitution. U.S. PIRG Education Fund, along with many...
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Trump Giving Auto Companies License to Pollute

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By Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council Another week, another attack on our health by the Trump Administration. The latest salvo from President Trump comes in the form of a more detailed budget proposal, first reported by The Washington Post, that outlines major cuts...
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Trump’s FCC and FTC Chairs Rush in to Defend Big Telco’s Assault on Internet Privacy

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press It’s hard to defend legislation that undermines internet users’ essential privacy rights. But that hasn’t stopped the broadband industry and its many friends in Washington from trying. Even amid widespread bipartisan outrage against the congressional...
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Threats or Promises: Which Way for the Trump Administration on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention?

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By David Jacobs, National Center for Healthy Housing Recent news articles suggest that Trump’s EPA hopes to drastically cut funding and staff for its lead poisoning prevention programs (“EPA Memo Outlines Plans to Defund Lead-Paint Program,” in Remodeling, April 4;...
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Why Senator Lankford’s “BEST Act” Is Really the Worst for Federal Science

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists A few weeks ago, Sen. James Lankford (OK) introduced legislation called the “Better Evaluation of Science and Technology Act,” or “BEST Act” for short. The proposal takes the scientific standards language from the recently updated...
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Another Delay of Chemical Safety Rule Is Dangerous and Unwarranted

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week was just chock full of setbacks and assaults on our public protections coming out of Washington. You’ve probably heard about President Trump’s all-out attack on climate policy; EPA Administrator Pruitt got right on it.  No...
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Lawsuit Seeks EPA Action to Protect Kids from Pesticide

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Toxic pesticide residues on food, unsafe drinking water, and contaminated air cannot be allowed to threaten children’s health. NRDC and partners (Pesticide Action Network and Earthjustice) are...
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Americans Are Worried About Their Drinking Water

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By Alex Formuzis, Environmental Working Group Lead, PFCs, hexavalent chromium, fertilizer and pesticides are just a few of the dangerous contaminants found in U.S. drinking water. According to a new nationwide survey, Americans’ concerns about water quality is high – and growing....
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The GOP’s Race to Repeal

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform This June marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, the great sea battle that was the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The American victory over the Japanese at Midway, a tiny atoll literally midway between...
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The CFPB Protects Us From Bad Banks; Republicans Want To Kill It

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By Richard Eskow, Our Future The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, has been remarkably effective at reining in lawless banks. How effective? So much so, that Republicans now target the agency for destruction. And some...
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A Possible Sneak Attack by the Trump Administration to Undermine Nondiscrimination Protections for Women and LGBTQ Folks? NWLC Is On It.

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By Erika Hanson, National Women’s Law Center This week, language on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) website – which assured the public that the agency would protect individuals from sex discrimination in health care – was surreptitiously removed. This...
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Republicans Put Big Telecom Profits Before Protecting Consumers’ Privacy

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen Yesterday, Republicans in Congress used an obscure law, the Congressional Review Act, to gut an essential consumer privacy regulation that the Obama administration finalized in its last days. Privacy has never been a partisan issue, so why would...
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Policy Watch: Tracking Congress and the Administration’s Rollback of Workers’ Rights

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Last week, the Perkins Project launched the Worker Rights and Wages Policy Watch, which tracks actions by the Trump administration, Congress, and federal agencies that affect working people and the economy. A review of Policy Watch...
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Banks Made Over $30 Billion From Overdraft Fees in 2016

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By Maureen Mahoney, Consumers Union Overdraft fees are a real money-maker for banks. According to the Wall Street Journal, overdraft revenue is up 2.5% to $33 billion since 2015. Overall, in 2016, the top 10 biggest banks made $7.5 billion. These fees are costly for consumers....
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Savings From Fuel Economy Regulations (Already in the Billions) Keep on Ticking Up

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, American drivers will have saved another $4,000 in fuel costs thanks to the current fuel economy and global warming emissions regulations.  And that number will keep on ticking upwards...
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Congress Votes Against Consumers and Internet Privacy

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG Most Americans use the internet on a daily basis to complete necessary tasks like online banking, job searching, homework, or to get directions. And while Americans browse the web, their Internet Service Provider (ISP) is collecting their browser...
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Don’t Let Financial Scammers Tear Down the CFPB

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By Amy Traub, Demos Unscrupulous financial corporations could make a whole lot more money if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau didn’t stand in their way. Since it opened its doors in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) has stood up to credit card...
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Trump EPA Rejects Pesticide Ban, Threatening Kids’ Health

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman and Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Toxic pesticide residues on food will remain a threat to children’s health as a result of the Trump administration’s rejection of the proposed ban on chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to increased risk of...
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Faced With a Mountain of Potential Recusals as Chair, Clayton Is Not Fit to Lead the SEC

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By Rachel Curley, Public Citizen At last week’s nomination hearing it was clear that Walter “Jay” Clayton, tapped to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President Trump, is an unacceptable choice for the job. Mr. Clayton will likely have to recuse himself often...
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Clean Power Plan Halted: What This Means For You

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By Jason Kuruvilla, Consumers Union Withdrawing the Clean Power Plan is a mistake that will increase costs for consumers through higher energy and health care bills. The Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and encourages investments in...
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Scientific Integrity Policies Do Not Make Agencies the Fact Police

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Recently, the Sierra Club filed a complaint with the EPA Inspector General alleging that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy by making false statements about climate change science....
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GOP Lawmakers’ Many Privacy Hypocrisies

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press Internet users took a hard loss this week in the fight for broadband privacy and internet freedom — but if you listen to the Republican lawmakers who trashed our privacy rights, you’d think they’d done the opposite. “Consumers deserve to have the...
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A New Low for Trump: Gutting the Clean Power Plan

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council The president wants to undo the biggest step we’ve taken in the fight against climate change—and we’re not about to let him get away with it. iStock President Trump is waving the white flag on the central environmental challenge of...
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Another Week, Another Attack on Women’s Health

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By Janel George, National Women’s Law Center Still smarting from their failed attempt last week to strip health coverage away from 24 million individuals–including many women—by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), conservative leaders are pushing for a Senate vote to...
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They Attacked Privacy. Net Neutrality Is Next.

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By Candace Clement, Free Press Last night Congress voted to gut the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband-privacy rules, which were designed to prevent your internet service provider from selling your personal data (such as your web-browsing history) to advertisers and...
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President Trump’s All-Out Attack on Climate Policy

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth at the EPA Headquarters yesterday afternoon and the text of the EO was released yesterday evening. It’s a grab bag of...
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PIRG to FTC: Used Cars Subject to Recalls Are Not “Safe”

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By Michael Landis, U.S. PIRG You’d think that a car dealer couldn’t say that a used car is “safe” if that car is subject to a safety recall (like the Takata airbag recall or the GM ignition switch recall).  But, because of a recent action taken by the Federal Trade...
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Executive Order Takes Aim at Climate Safeguards

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By Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice The new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, has defied science and common knowledge by claiming that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to climate change. This stance from President Trump’s appointee reflects an administration-wide disregard...
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Trump’s Climate Destruction Plan: A Deal He Can’t Close

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump’s sprawling executive order directing the EPA and other agencies to start dismantling President Obama’s climate legacy flies in the face of law, science, and strong public support for climate action. Trump’s...
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Trump Just Signed a Law Ditching Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

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By Andrea Johnson, National Women’s Law Center As promised, President Trump just signed into law a bill overturning the regulations implementing Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Because who wants to be paid fairly and be safe at work?! Um . . . last I...
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Congress OKs Ruthless Killing of Iconic Wildlife—What Next?

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By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Republicans in Congress just did the unthinkable, and by all counts risked political suicide, by bringing to the Senate floor—and then passing—legislation (H.J.Res.69) that would allow egregious and inhumane “predator control”...
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EPA Chief’s Big Test: Ban Pesticide Hazardous to Kids’ Brains

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group As one of his first major decisions as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt must rule by the end of this week on the safety of chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate pesticide that can harm children’s developing...
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USDA Announces That It Won’t Test Food for Roundup

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Coming on the heels of newly released emails showing Monsanto pressured Environmental Protection Agency officials to declare glyphosate is not a carcinogen, the USDA’s testing of glyphosate residues in food has coincidentally been put on hold....
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The Importance of Dodd-Frank, in 6 Charts

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By Gregg Gelzinis, Michela Zonta, Joe Valenti and Sarah Edelman, Center for American Progress Introduction This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and House Financial Services Committee both hold hearings on topics that involve the Dodd-Frank...
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Net Neutrality Protesters Face FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press This morning, more than a dozen protesters from Free Press, Demand Progress, Open Media, Popular Resistance and the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press took a stand for Net Neutrality at the FCC. Activists wearing “Protect Net Neutrality” T-shirts...
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Regulation Is Not Dead Yet

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By Phil Mattera, Good Jobs First Donald Trump tries to give the impression that his crusade against business regulation is moving ahead rapidly. While several rules have been rescinded and more are threatened, it turns out that for now the enforcement systems at most agencies are...
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The Safety of Coal Miners — and Every Worker in America — Is at Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Three and counting.  That’s how many coal miners have been killed on this job so far in the first two and a half months of this year. Two in West Virginia and one in Kentucky. You don’t know them, but you can be...
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No More Bumbling — Bee Cleared for Endangered Species Listing

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By Daniel Raichel, Natural Resources Defense Council There are times—even today—when law and science triumph over politics. Hard to believe, I know, but that’s exactly what happened this week when the Trump Administration backed away from its “freeze” on listing the rusty patched...
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Trump’s Torrent of Extremism Distracts from Major Issues like Lead Poisoning

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By Keith Rushing, Earthjustice Nearly two months of President Trump’s “shock and awe” tactics have much of the nation understandably reeling from an unprecedented onslaught of extremism. We’ve seen nationalistic chest-thumping, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia. Trump mixes his...
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Efficiency Standards & Test Procedures: No Reason for Delays

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued delay notices this week for two energy efficiency standards and three test procedures, which does nothing but create uncertainty for manufacturers and industry where there should be...
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Urgent Action Needed: Help Small Farmers Fight Back Against Big Business

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen It likely won’t come as a surprise to readers of this blog that big spending Big Business special interest lobbyists have a chokehold on policymaking in Washington DC. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to the desire of Big Business to...
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Preventing Workplace Injuries Depends on Good Record-Keeping

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute On a bipartisan basis going back at least to the Reagan administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—the Department of Labor agency that enforces the right of workers to have a safe workplace—has required...
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Fact-Checking the Trump Administration’s Claims About EPA’s Vehicle Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s been one week since the administration caved to auto industry lobbyists and reopened the mid-term review of the EPA’s successful vehicle efficiency standards.  In that time, there’s been a lot of hot air around what this means for...
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Can Congress Measure the Cost of a Child’s Life?

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By Nisma Gabobe, Public Citizen Product safety advocates led by the Consumer Federation of America held a briefing recently on the importance of regulations for consumer product safety. The briefing was in response to a hearing held by the Senate Commerce, Science and...
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Investors With $3 Trillion in Assets Call for CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure

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By Brandon Rees, AFL-CIO Today, more than 100 institutional investors with a combined $3 trillion in assets under management sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in support of a CEO-to-worker pay ratio disclosure. The signatories of the investor statement...
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Profits Before People: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Litigation Hall of Shame

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By Grace Aylmer, Public Citizen In a previous piece, we wrote about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s very busy litigation practice, the issues the Chamber litigates most frequently, the government agencies it most often opposes, and the giant multinational corporations its...
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Counting the Attacks on Science by the Trump Administration and Congress

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Today the Union of Concerned Scientists launches a webpage to track attacks on science by the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress. The page will be consistently updated, and we’re planning to add a filter option t...
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Why We Can’t Let Congress Dismantle the Endangered Species Act

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By George Leonard, Ocean Conservancy One of my favorite conservation success stories happened in the ocean. In my home state of California—southern sea otters were hunted to near extinction for their fur coats in the early 1900’s. But miraculously, a small population of fifty...
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Where Do We Stand After 50 Days of the Trump Administration?

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By Bob Irvin, American Rivers We recently completed the first 50 days of the Trump administration and one thing is already clear. While chaos has been the operative word as the Trump era begins, underlying the disarray a deliberate attack on rivers, clean water, and the...
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As EPA Embarks on Dangerous Experiment in Federalism, How Will States Respond?

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform In the early 1970s, Congress passed the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act on nearly unanimous votes. The overwhelming support for these new laws reflected not only the horrific condition of America’s air, water, and landscape at the...
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Ahead of the CFPB Rule, Congress Prepares for a Showdown Over the Future of Forced Arbitration & Consumer Class Actions

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Amanda Werner, Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform Last week, lawmakers laid the groundwork for a battle over consumer rights and forced arbitration that likely will play out through the spring. First, congressional Democrats introduced several bills to restore...
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The Resistance Must Be Digitized

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By Joseph Torres and Malkia Cyril, Free Press Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president. From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around the world to the mass protests...
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Labor Unenforcement

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By Phil Mattera, Corporate Research Project Once upon a time, a key component of American populism was the demand for stricter controls over big business: in other words, regulation. Today, the country’s purported populist in chief is instead promoting the dubious claim that...
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Will Congress Turn Its Back on the Safety of America’s Workers?

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Let’s say someone you care about—mother, father, wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, friend, and neighbor—works in a facility that’s had a history of serious injuries or illnesses. You know, like burns, amputations, and broken...
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Trump Has Declared War on the EPA: 5 Chilling Examples

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By Jeremy Symons, Environmental Defense Fund While running for president, Donald Trump threatened to virtually eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaving only “little tidbits.” Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA administrator, has been tasked with the job of tearing down...
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Rolling Back EPA’s Clean Car Standards Is Bad for America. Here’s Why.

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By Jason Mathers, Environmental Defense Fund Last month, a group of American carmakers urged President Trump to remove cost-effective vehicle emission and fuel efficiency standards in an attempt to capitalize on changing political winds in Washington. Trump didn’t waste any time:...
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The REINS Act: A Threat to Good Government and Clean Water

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By Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are saying “regulatory reform” a lot. It sounds boring – but it’s code for a dangerous corporate giveaway that could unravel the basic safeguards we take for granted by...
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President Trump Has a Wrecking Ball (and It’s Aimed at the Climate)

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is taking aim at the foundation of our country’s response to climate change. Today, the Trump Administration is announcing a re-opening of the fuel efficiency/emissions standards for...
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Who Pays for Rolling Back Regulations?

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By Joe Valenti and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Center for American Progress The new Congress and administration seem to understand—as Oscar Wilde once quipped—the price of everything and the value of nothing. The House of Representatives is quickly advancing bills that would cripple...
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EPA Pulls Back Sound Policy Judgment at Behest of Auto Industry

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rescinded the determination that the EPA standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate.  This decision was made at the request of automakers seeking to supplant more than four years of robust, technical...
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Trump Administration Attacks Public Health Protections with Proposed Cuts to EPA Budget

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists News reports indicate that the Trump administration’s ‘skinny budget,’ to be announced tomorrow, will include draconian cuts to the EPA’s staff and budget. It’s pretty clear that despite President Trump’s claims that he will wo...
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Skinning Clean Energy Budgets Risks Our Money, Jobs and More

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By Elizabeth Noll, Natural Resources Defense Council The biggest consumer savings program you’ve never heard of may be just one of dozens of Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives at risk of deep cuts under President Trump’s extreme new budget proposal. Funding for DOE’s hugely...
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Stand Up for Science: 5 Ways Scientists Can Make Their Voices Heard

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists As the Trump Administration and the new Congress have gotten down to work, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. But there are a few clear themes. There is a concerted attempt to enact by executive order or statute major...
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Attacking Regulation Using Slogans, Not Analysis

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By Joseph Tomain and Sidney Shapiro, Center for Progressive Reform The Trump administration’s fundamental hostility to government is by now plainly apparent. The President issued an executive order requiring agencies to get rid of two regulations for each new one that is adopted....
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Wall Street Invests Billions to Avoid Regulation

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By Rio Tazewell, People For the American Way During the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to a new report out by Americans for Financial Reform. This equates to more than...
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Time Is Ripe for EPA to Lead on Drinking Water Issues

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By Anjali Waikar, Natural Resources Defense Council When President Trump announced that the person slated to head the EPA was, in fact, the same person whose mission appeared to be to gut the EPA, we all cringed. And yet, during his nomination hearing, then-Attorney General...
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If the CFPB Is Weakened, Won’t the Credit Bureaus Run Amok (Again?)

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Many are aware of the great work the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been doing since it was set up just over five years ago. It has already provided consumer refunds or other relief totaling nearly $12 billion to 29 million consumers harmed...
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The FCC and Congress Are Messing With Your Privacy

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press Your online privacy is at risk. Last October, the FCC adopted strong rules requiring internet service providers to get your consent before they surveil, sell or collect personal information beyond what’s needed to provide broadband access. Hardly anyone,...
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Why I Reject Trump’s “Dirty Water Order”

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By Kim Noble, Green for All Last Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order gutting protections for wetlands and drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans. But what really caught my attention was that on the same day, he signed another order to supposedly...
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Why the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act Is Bad for Science

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Congress’ perennial bill, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, has again reared its ugly head. The bill seeks to change the requirements for the EPA’s advisory committee to give industry greater influence while adding extra...
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Congress Passes Rollback of Contractor Accountability Measure

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight On Monday, a resolution overturning rules implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order cleared the Senate and was sent to the White House. The measure blocks Labor Department regulations requiring contractors to...
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Scott Pruitt Dances with “Fossil Energy AGs” on Methane

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By Meleah Geertsma, Natural Resources Defense Council What really prompted EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s whirlwind repeal last week to cancel the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to gather data from the oil and gas industry on methane pollution and measures to...
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