Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen As America takes stock of Wall Street 10 years after it crashed the economy, one glaring fact flashes red and demands reform: The megabanks remain too big. On Oct. 3, 2008, Congress approved the largest bailout in the history of any country. Politicians in...
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Facebook’s Breach Is News, But Congress’ Lack of Action on Data Security Is the Bigger Story

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By Sean Davis Jr., National Consumers League Last week, Facebook announced that they suffered a data breach affecting a reported 50 million users. Coming just over a year to the date from an even larger data breach at Equifax, which affected 146 million consumers, we have to ask: Why is...
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DOI’s New Policy Restricts Science Under the Guise of Transparency

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By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt issued an order, “Promoting Open Science”, purportedly to increase transparency and public accessibility of the research used by the Department to make science-based decisions. This...
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The Trump Administration’s Acknowledgement of Climate Change Is Cynical — and Potentially Sinister

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By Melissa Powers, Center for Progressive Reform As Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, and Chris Mooney of The Washington Post reported on September 27, the Trump administration seems to finally be acknowledging that climate change is real. But the motivation for recognizing that reality is...
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The EPA Disbanded Its Office of Science Advisor. Here’s Why That Matters.

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Late last week, the EPA announced its intention to get rid of its Office of the Science Advisor (OSA) and bury its functions deep down in another agency office. This move will significantly diminish efforts to coordinate and standardize the way...
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Customer Bills and Clean Energy at Stake in PJM Market

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By Miles Farmer, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and the Sustainable FERC Project, together with a coalition of clean energy and consumer advocates, are pressing the nation’s grid regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to protect consumers from billions in extra...
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Trump’s USDA vs. Science

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By Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists The United States has a complicated history when it comes to science. The very birth of the nation is bound up with the European Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment, culminating in the notion that reason should inform the...
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