Have Banker Deregulation Demands Jumped the Shark?

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG When a tired TV show desperate for viewers goes over the top with wacky plots, it is said to have “jumped the shark,” as when Fonzie of Happy Days jumped a shark while water-skiing. It didn’t work and the show faded. Unfortunately, even after...
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Clean Power Plan Hearings: Powerful Voices Against Repeal

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council When EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan – the largest step yet taken to curb America’s climate-changing carbon pollution – he scheduled a single public hearing, in Charleston, West Virginia, last November...
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Neglectful: Trump’s DOI Prioritizes Bottom Lines Over People in Proposed Regulation Rollbacks

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By Eli Presberg, League of Conservation Voters Hoping most people across our country would be distracted taking down ornaments from Christmas trees, finishing eggnog, and writing resolutions, President Donald Trump’s Department of the Interior (DOI) used the week between Christmas and N...
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EPA Chief May Let Young Farmworkers Handle Toxic Pesticides

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking steps that could lift health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides. The EPA has officially opened a public comments period for...
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Why We Need to Say No to Offshore Drilling

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By Steve Blackledge, Environment America Last week, President Trump took steps to open virtually all of our federal waters to dangerous offshore oil drilling. From the Arctic to the Atlantic, from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, our coastlines could soon be home to countless oil rigs —...
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Comments on EPA’s Alternative Test Method Strategic Plan

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By Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Natural Resources Defense Council Under the amended Toxic Substances and Control Act, Congress directed EPA to develop a Strategic Plan “to promote the development and implementation of alternative test methods and strategies to reduce, refine, or replace vertebrate...
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The Power of Protection: Why the FDA’s Policy on Female Condoms Matters

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By Eliana Kosova, National Women’s Health Network A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal that would update the single-use female condom to a Level II classification, and rename it the “internal condom.” Following FDA procedures, they opened the proposal up to...
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Latest EPA Automaker Reports Show Compliance with and Success of Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA released its annual reports on new passenger vehicles. One report (Trends) highlights the historical trend in fuel economy for cars and trucks over time, while the other report (Compliance) discusses the progress of manufacturers towards...
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Priorities are the Same as Always—Protecting Profits Instead of People

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue gave his “State of the American Business” address yesterday, signaling that the trade association and the nation’s largest lobby spender couldn’t be happier about benefits that were handed out to Big Business...
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New EPA Data: Cars Getting Better Mileage, Cleaner

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council EPA’s latest annual assessment of new automobile fuel economy, the “Fuel Economy Trends” report, shows that automakers have made great progress building fuel-efficient vehicles from when standards were tightened in the 1970s and early 1980s...
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Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Answer Coal Boss’ Wish List

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By Grant Smith, Environmental Working Group This week, federal regulators rejected the Trump administration’s proposal to require the use of electricity from failing coal and nuclear plants, even when cheaper sources are available. The scheme was widely seen as the idea of Robert E. Murray, CEO...
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On Net Neutrality, Thune Can’t Read the Writing on the Wall… or in His Local Newspaper

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune told Politico on Wednesday that the average voter isn’t likely to be swayed by the fight to restore Net Neutrality protections. “I think [Democrats] see it as a really hot political issue [that] gets their base kind of...
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