RegsTalk: The CSS Blog

Most blogs are authored by CSS affiliated policy experts and have been reprinted with permission. If you would like us to share your blog entry with our readers, please email David Rosen at drosen@citizen.org. To find older blogs, please use our site’s search engine.

Blogs by Topic

 


 

Why ‘Raw Water’ Is a Raw Deal

Comment are off
By Tasha Stoiber, Environmental Working Group Americans have good reasons to question the quality of their drinking water. EWG’s Tap Water Database shows that water from most public utilities nationwide contains industrial or agricultural contaminants with known health effect...
Continue Reading

What’s Next for Net Neutrality in Congress and the Courts

Comment are off
By Craig Aaron, Free Press We have a real chance to defeat FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s attack on Net Neutrality. On Tuesday, all 47 Senate Democrats announced they would co-sponsor a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote last December. Add in...
Continue Reading

Have Banker Deregulation Demands Jumped the Shark?

Comment are off
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,...
Continue Reading

Clean Power Plan Hearings: Powerful Voices Against Repeal

Comment are off
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,...
Continue Reading

Neglectful: Trump’s DOI Prioritizes Bottom Lines Over People in Proposed Regulation Rollbacks

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

EPA Chief May Let Young Farmworkers Handle Toxic Pesticides

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Why We Need to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Comments on EPA’s Alternative Test Method Strategic Plan

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

The Power of Protection: Why the FDA’s Policy on Female Condoms Matters

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Latest EPA Automaker Reports Show Compliance with and Success of Standards

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Priorities are the Same as Always—Protecting Profits Instead of People

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

New EPA Data: Cars Getting Better Mileage, Cleaner

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Answer Coal Boss’ Wish List

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

On Net Neutrality, Thune Can’t Read the Writing on the Wall… or in His Local Newspaper

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

A Government Agency Just Killed the Trump Administration’s Coal Bailout Scheme

Comment are off
By Kim Smaczniak, Earthjustice This week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a Department of Energy proposal that blatantly propped up aging coal and nuclear plants. But while FERC’s decision is the end of the road for this Trump administration-backed bailout, it is...
Continue Reading

Environmental Champions in Congress Respond to the Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan

Comment are off
By Evan Corey, League of Conservation Voters At 1:00pm EST January 4, 2018, Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, announced his and President Trump’s plan to open 90% of US coastal areas to leasing for oil drilling.  Expanding offshore drilling has long been on the wish...
Continue Reading

The Senate Push to Restore Net Neutrality Gains Momentum

Comment are off
By Craig Aaron, Free Press Thanks to your millions of calls, letters, tweets and posts, the Senate is moving closer to a vote to reverse the FCC’s Net Neutrality-killing vote. On Tuesday at the Capitol, I had the chance to speak about the incredible public outcry on Net...
Continue Reading

Department of Energy Coal Bailout Rejected: Told to Get the Facts First

Comment are off
By Mike Jacobs, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump Administration got a punch in the nose trying to overthrow energy markets and deprive consumers of the savings created by lower cost, competitive energy supplies. All five Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, four of...
Continue Reading

FERC Rejects DOE’s Dangerous Proposal to Shield Coal and Nuclear From Clean Energy Competition

Comment are off
By Casey Roberts, Sierra Club On January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisively shut the door on one of the worst ideas of 2017 — the Department of Energy’s notice of proposed rulemaking that would have offered enormous, unwarranted subsidies to any...
Continue Reading

FERC Rejection of Coal Subsidies Proposal Demonstrates Importance of Independent Agencies

Comment are off
By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform On January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) struck a resounding blow against the Trump administration’s ill-advised agenda to put its thumb on the scale of the energy market by propping up the coal industry,...
Continue Reading

Trump Administration Rescinds Fracking Rule for Public Lands: A Blow to Public Protection

Comment are off
By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists At the end of last month, we saw yet another casualty in the Trump administration’s war on science-based policy. The administration announced it would rescind a 2015 rule at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to address risks...
Continue Reading

FERC Rejects Perry’s Coal/Nuke Bailout, Finding It Illegal

Comment are off
By Miles Farmer and John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry’s transparent attempt to needlessly funnel billions of electricity customer dollars to the owners of...
Continue Reading

A Sugar Pill for the Economy

Comment are off
By David Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council “A wave of optimism has swept over America’s business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into… investment … that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation—and may finally raise wages” says a January 1, 2018 front...
Continue Reading

Trump’s Interior Department Is Ill-Prepared to Deal with the Next Big Spill

Comment are off
By Mary Ellen Kustin, Center for American Progress Today, the Trump administration unveiled its vision to radically expand where it allows offshore oil and gas drilling. If implemented as outlined, this move would ensure that spilled oil washes ashore on more American beaches on...
Continue Reading

Trump Moves to Open 90 Percent of Our Coastal Waters to Oil Drilling

Comment are off
By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has launched the most sweeping industrial assault in history on our oceans, marine life, coasts and all they support, proposing to expose nearly all U.S. waters to the risk of another BP oil spill–style disaster. In a...
Continue Reading

As President Trump Speaks to the Farm Bureau, Both Are Betraying Farmers

Comment are off
By Karen Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists On Monday, the US president will take time out from his regular schedule to talk about agriculture. He’s scheduled to deliver a speech in Nashville at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation (aka “Fa...
Continue Reading

Changes to the Standards Program? Not So Fast, DOE.

Comment are off
By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The federal program that sets minimum energy efficiency standards for the appliances, electronics, and equipment we use every day has been an unequivocal success story. Yet, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is toying with...
Continue Reading

Trump-Pruitt EPA Moves to Kill Chemical Hazard Program, IRIS

Comment are off
By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with protecting human health and the environment—it says so right in the mission statement on its “About EPA” web page. It even gets a bit specific: “EPA’s purpose is to...
Continue Reading

Zinke Adds Oceans to the Chopping Block

Comment are off
By the Natural Resources Defense Council In late April, President Trump issued an executive order promoting oil and gas drilling off America’s coasts—and today, in response, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled a five-year leasing plan that opens nearly...
Continue Reading

Asbestos Found in Kids’ Cosmetics Again

Comment are off
By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Once again, experts have found asbestos in cosmetics marketed to kids. Claire’s stores pulled 17 products from their shelves last week after researchers found asbestos in glitter, eye shadow and other cosmetics marketed to children. The...
Continue Reading

Personal Care Product “Trade Secrets” Are Hurting Consumers

Comment are off
By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG The new shampoos, hand creams, soaps and body washes we unwrapped this holiday season smell like roses, chamomile, lavender, springtime. But the fragrances that fill many of our bottles and bars are far from natural, and because of a lack of transparency...
Continue Reading

Trump Vows to Kill 50 Years of Federal Health and Safety Protections

Comment are off
By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump wants to set the regulatory clock back to 1960, and last week he acted it out for the cameras. Wielding a pair of golden scissors at a White House photo op, he cut red tape strung around two stacks of paper....
Continue Reading

We’re Suing to Stop a New Kind of Pollution: ‘Alternative Facts’

Comment are off
By Rebecca Cohen, Earthjustice Ana Nobis’ parents raised her to believe the U.S. government had its citizens’ best interests at heart. The Chicago doctor’s mother and father, emigrants from Costa Rica and Peru, idealized the United States and the new life the country offered...
Continue Reading

All I Want for Christmas Is Added Sugar Information Over Disinformation

Comment are off
By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The struggle is real right now for all of us trying to watch our added sugar intake this holiday season as we await the implementation of the revised nutrition facts label. Now, thanks to the administration’s delay of implementation...
Continue Reading

How Congress Can Save Net Neutrality: A Step-by-Step Breakdown

Comment are off
By Collette Watson, Dana Floberg and Matt Wood, Free Press If you’re passionate about Net Neutrality, you may be wondering what we can do now that the FCC has voted to repeal the rules protecting it. You may have even heard that Congress is the next venue in the fight....
Continue Reading

OSHA Delays Critical Protections as Worker Deaths Increase

Comment are off
By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform President Trump planned and then starred in his own ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, symbolic of all the safeguards for health, safety and the environment that he intends to shred while in office. This mockery of t...
Continue Reading

What to Know Before Buying a Gift Card

Comment are off
By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen Gift cards are incredibly popular. They are also easy to buy and make great stocking stuffers and last minute presents. According to a 2017 National Retail Federation poll, “For the eleventh year in a row, gift cards remain the most popular...
Continue Reading

Net Neutrality: What’s Next and How We Win the Fight

Comment are off
By Collette Watson, Free Press 1. FCC Chairman Pai will not have the last word. The Dec. 14 vote was disappointing but is absolutely not the end of this fight. Free Press and our allies — plus attorneys general across the country — will have plenty to say in court...
Continue Reading

By Overturning Specialty Healthcare, the NLRB Has Made It Harder for Workers to Organize

Comment are off
By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute On Friday, the Trump administration’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) once again made it more difficult for workers to join together and form a union, by overturning the Board’s standard for determining an...
Continue Reading

Defending Efficiency Standards: 2017 in Review

Comment are off
By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council America’s energy efficiency standards program has quietly been saving U.S. consumers trillions of dollars off their utility bills over the last 30 years, and there are plenty more savings to still to be achieved. While 2016...
Continue Reading

Trump Turns Back Regulatory Clock to 1960

Comment are off
By Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council Those stacks of papers on the right with President Trump represent life-saving rules and safeguards. They look very different through the eyes of a parent of an asthmatic child, or a worker handling hazardous substances, than...
Continue Reading

Former EPA Lawyers Slam Pruitt on His ‘Patently Biased’ Handout to Polluters

Comment are off
By Patrice Simms, Earthjustice In a rare display of no confidence, 57 former attorneys to the Environmental Protection Agency have signed an open letter accusing Administrator Scott Pruitt of “sowing confusion,” “misrepresentation,” and providing favorable treatment to polluters....
Continue Reading

Is CDC Banning the Use of Scientific Words? It’s Time for CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to Speak Up

Comment are off
By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been prohibited from using certain words (including diversity, science-based, and vulnerable) in any documents related to next year’s budget, the Washington Post reported late...
Continue Reading

NLRB Reverses Browning-Ferris, Makes It Harder for Workers to Bargain With Their Employers

Comment are off
By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made it more difficult for millions of workers to join together and form a union, by overturning its joint-employer standard established in 2015’s Browning-Ferris Industries case....
Continue Reading

Trump’s Proposed DOL Rule Is Tip-Poaching, Not Tip-Pooling

Comment are off
By Sarah Heydemann, National Women’s Law Center Earlier this month, Trump’s Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing a regulation change that could result in employers stealing as much as $5.8 billion of workers’ tips from...
Continue Reading

Expect a Loud and Angry Backlash When the FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

Comment are off
By David Rosen, Public Citizen Don’t say you didn’t see it coming. Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to cast a party-line vote repealing its net neutrality regulations. The agency is risking a major public and media backlash by so brazenly siding with...
Continue Reading

The Internet Isn’t Dead (Yet). Here’s What Congress Needs to Do.

Comment are off
By Dana Floberg, Free Press This Thursday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republican commissioners struck down the Net Neutrality protections and broke the open internet. We didn’t make it easy for them. Millions of us fought back online and off, calling on dozens of...
Continue Reading

Dourson’s Defeat a Big Win for Public Health

Comment are off
By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group There were plenty of good reasons to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Michael Dourson to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dourson, who was opposed by public health, reproductive health, labor,...
Continue Reading

Hundreds Rallied for #NetNeutrality Right Before the FCC Destroyed It

Comment are off
By Amy Kroin, Free Press “The open internet helps us find friendship and solidarity in an otherwise isolating world,” said Alex Wiles of the Media Mobilizing Project. “It helps us organize organically in a world plagued by injustice. The internet right now is what phones and...
Continue Reading

Here’s What Congress Needs to Do If the FCC Kills Net Neutrality

Comment are off
By Dana Floberg, Free Press This Thursday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the two other Republican commissioners are likely to vote to strike down the Net Neutrality protections and break the open internet. We haven’t made it easy for them. Millions of us have been fighting back...
Continue Reading

A Child of the Rust Belt

Comment are off
By David Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council I grew up in Cleveland in the 1950s. For the past century, Cleveland had been a high-tech industrial powerhouse. But it was already visibly in decline, and this blog explains some of what went wrong and how we can avoid these...
Continue Reading

EPA Stalls on Regulating Chemical That Sickened Katrina Refugees

Comment are off
By Patti Goldman, Earthjustice Today was supposed to be a milestone. It would have marked a victory for public health and peace of mind for people who’ve been sickened by formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that is nevertheless used in many wood adhesives. December 12, 2017, is the...
Continue Reading

Six Incredible Moments from the Nationwide #StopTheFCC Protests for Net Neutrality

Comment are off
By Collette Watson and Alison Brzenchek, Free Press Last week, the people stood up to cable and phone companies in a historic way. From Hadley, Massachusetts, to Torrance, California, and more than 700 stops in between, activists gathered outside Verizon stores and congressional...
Continue Reading

Trump’s Biggest Threat to Clean Energy

Comment are off
By Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is giving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) until Jan. 10 to finalize his grid plan, meant to boost coal and nuclear power plants, after FERC’s new chairman, Kevin McIntyre, requested a 30-day...
Continue Reading

Congress Needs to Stop Ajit Pai’s Net Neutrality Repeal

Comment are off
By Matt Wood, Free Press On Thursday, Free Press published this Op-Ed in The Hill, explaining why we don’t need a Net Neutrality bill. Then less than 24 hours later, Free Press Action Fund endorsed a Net Neutrality bill from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D–New York). Who the what...
Continue Reading

Labor Department Proposes Legalizing Wage Theft

Comment are off
By Kelly Ross, AFL-CIO Too many restaurant owners already break the law by stealing tips from their servers. Now the Department of Labor wants to give its blessing to this kind of wage theft. The Labor Department is moving quickly to establish a new rule that would make tips...
Continue Reading

Freaking Amazing: 700 Net Neutrality Protests in All 50 States

Comment are off
By Craig Aaron, Free Press When we set out three weeks ago with our partners at BattlefortheNet.com to launch protests nationwide ahead of the FCC’s Net Neutrality vote, we were confident we could pull off at least five of them and were going to shoot for 15. Yesterday, there...
Continue Reading

Trump EPA Abdicates Law Enforcement, Gives Polluters Amnesty

Comment are off
By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump EPA is reversing clean air enforcement positions against coal-burning power plants that EPA has taken and that federal courts have upheld not once, but twice. Moreover, the Trump administration promises EPA enforcement...
Continue Reading

Automakers’ Long List of Fights Against Progress, and Why We Must Demand Better

Comment are off
By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, we are releasing a report documenting the long, sordid past of the auto industry, who has fought regulation tooth and nail at every turn. From pollution control to seatbelts and air bags to fuel economy, the industry has spent...
Continue Reading

The Trump Administration Is Quietly Slashing Financial Stability Funding

Comment are off
By Gregg Gelzinis, Center for American Progress The Trump administration is quietly choking off funding to financial stability programs that were established after the 2007-08 financial crisis. These funding cuts, which do not involve congressional appropriations, only make the...
Continue Reading

Methane Promises Are No Substitute for Rules

Comment are off
By Briana Mordick, Natural Resources Defense Council A group of 26 oil and gas producers organized by industry trade association the American Petroleum Institute (API)—and self-styled as “The Environmental Partnership”—announced they will be pursuing voluntary efforts to reduce...
Continue Reading

The Mission of E. Scott Pruitt

Comment are off
By Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth This morning EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is headed to Congress. He is scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment. The topic of the hearing? “The Mission of the US EPA.” Since Pruitt has been...
Continue Reading

FERC Returns to Full Strength and Faces Key Decisions

Comment are off
By John Moore, Natural Resources Defense Council After months of delay, Kevin McIntyre was sworn in today as the newest chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the independent federal agency that oversees the electric power grid and gas pipeline permit...
Continue Reading

Don’t Believe AT&T’s Net Neutrality Lies

Comment are off
By Matt Wood and Dana Floberg, Free Press AT&T has promised to be good if the FCC overturns the Net Neutrality rules. The problem is, you can’t trust AT&T. Last week, AT&T Senior Vice President Bob Quinn tried (and failed) to undercut Net Neutrality supporters by...
Continue Reading

Pruitt’s War on the Planet and the EPA—and What Congress Can Do About It

Comment are off
By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists We have now endured almost a year with Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His tenure is unprecedented—a full frontal assault on the agency he heads, and a retreat from the mission he is charged by...
Continue Reading

Costs of White House Bailout of Coal and Nukes: 27,000 Early Deaths, $263 Billion

Comment are off
By Grant Smith and Bill Walker, Environmental Working Group The Trump administration’s scheme to make utility customers subsidize dirty, dangerous and aging coal and nuclear power plants would result in 27,000 premature deaths and a net cost of $263 billion by 2045,...
Continue Reading

Net Neutrality, in a Nutshell, Is a Nondiscrimination Law

Comment are off
By Matt Wood, Free Press I spoke yesterday to Net Neutrality advocates and supporters who are wondering how the current legal battle over the FCC’s open-internet rules fits into the history of this issue. Here’s what I told them in what they billed as a five-minute “lightning...
Continue Reading

7 Ways Congress Could Give More Leverage to Consumers and Small Businesses in the Financial Marketplace

Comment are off
By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress The financial environment remains challenging for American consumers and small businesses. In addition to questions about the future direction and independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the 143 million victims...
Continue Reading

Trump EPA’s Dirty Truck Loophole Is Deadly

Comment are off
By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council EPA is proposing to roll back emission safeguards against sales of dirty trucks, leaving the public to cough and wheeze on more air pollution. NRDC is opposing the rollback at a public hearing on December 4th in Washington, D.C....
Continue Reading

The EPA Knows Glider Trucks Are Dangerously Dirty: It’s Time to Keep Them Off the Road

Comment are off
By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, I am speaking at a public hearing at EPA to push back on the agency reopening a “zombie truck” loophole. I wrote about the political motivations behind the attack on public health previously, but we now have even more...
Continue Reading

We’re Suing Pruitt for Ignoring the Law That Would Clean Up Smog

Comment are off
By Seth Johnson, Earthjustice Smog isn’t just unsightly—it’s been linked to increased risk of lung disease and premature death. The EPA strengthened its smog regulations in 2015, saying the new standard would save hundreds of lives a year. But the agency also has to enforce that...
Continue Reading

What’s at Risk at CFPB: Ability to Deliver Relief to Victims of Financial Flimflams

Comment are off
By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform When a financial flim-flammer scatters to the wind or goes bankrupt, its victims are typically out of luck. But when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is on the case, the story can have a better ending. Just in the past three...
Continue Reading

Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards—Under Fire?

Comment are off
By Kate Whitefoot, Union of Concerned Scientists Last year, transportation became the sector with the largest CO2 emissions in the United States. While the electricity industry has experienced a decline in CO2 emissions since 2008 because of a shift from coal to natural gas and...
Continue Reading

NRDC to EPA: Red Flags on Imidacloprid Health Risks

Comment are off
By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Imidacloprid is one of the most popular and widespread insecticides in the U.S. The neonicotinoid or “neonic” pesticides are used to treat soil, seeds and foliage to control sucking insects such as rice hoppers, aphids, thrips,...
Continue Reading

What Will Become of the CFPB’s Case Against Santander?

Comment are off
By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform More eyes than ever will be on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, now that a federal judge has refused to immediately block the Trump Administration’s effort to install OMB director Mick Mulvaney as acting director. One thing...
Continue Reading

The Movement to Stop Chairman Pai from Breaking the Internet

Comment are off
By Amy Kroin, Free Press Millions of people have gotten involved in the Net Neutrality fight since word of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s awful plan broke through in a big way last Tuesday. #NetNeutrality trended globally on Twitter that day and was the top-trending hashtag in the...
Continue Reading

Clean Water Laws Need to Catch Up with Science

Comment are off
By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform The field of environmental law often involves tangential explorations of scientific concepts. Lately, one scientific term – hydrologic connectivity – seems to keep finding its way into much of my work. As for many others, this...
Continue Reading

Working People Need a Strong CFPB With a Leader Who Supports Its Existence

Comment are off
By Heather Slavkin Corzo, AFL-CIO The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the Great Recession of 2008 wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, causing millions of families to lose their homes to foreclosure and forcing millions of working people onto the unemployment...
Continue Reading

Mick Mulvaney’s Malarkey and Trump’s CFPB Funny Business

Comment are off
By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen This week, Public Citizen joined allies in protest outside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). These protests aim to draw attention to a controversial move by President Donald Trump to turn the operation of the organization over to...
Continue Reading

Vigil to #DefendCFPB

Comment are off
By Carter Dougherty, Americans for Financial Reform Joined by Rep. Jamie Raskin, consumer advocates gathered outside the headquarters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today to defend the mission of an agency that’s delivered $12 billion in relief to over 29 million...
Continue Reading

Defend the CPP Against EPA Repeal

Comment are off
By Khalil Shahyd, Natural Resources Defense Council On August 3, 2015 President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an effort to combat climate change by reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. Now, current EPA...
Continue Reading

Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Save the Internet

Comment are off
By Mary Alice Crim, Free Press According to reports, the FCC will vote on Dec. 14 to destroy Net Neutrality and allow for online discrimination. Time to hit play on Wake Up Everybody, a song covered by John Legend and the Roots, and sing along: “Wake up everybody no more...
Continue Reading

Consumer Bureau Threatened by President’s Assertion He Can Select Temporary Director

Comment are off
By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Before Richard Cordray resigned yesterday as the director of the Consumer Bureau (our statement; Washington Post story; NY Times story), he appointed a well-qualified deputy director, Leandra English. Under the plain language of the Dodd-Frank Act...
Continue Reading

The FCC’s Order Is Out, We’ve Read It, and Here’s What You Need to Know: It Will End Net Neutrality and Break the Internet

Comment are off
By Matt Wood and Gaurav Laroia, Free Press On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released his draft order to completely eradicate Net Neutrality. You can read the full text here. The short version is that Pai’s order takes the Net Neutrality rules off...
Continue Reading

Showcasing the Best of America and Defending Our National Government Programs

Comment are off
By Michell McIntyre, Public Citizen Thanksgiving is the official day to be grateful – to count one’s blessings from the year and reflect on how to make things better for the next one. Regrettably, this year Congress has given us little to be thankful for with the ongoing battles...
Continue Reading

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

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

10 Things We’re Even More Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Beyond the Dinner Table — U.S. Poultry Plant Workers at Risk

Comment are off
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,...
Continue Reading

A Stench That Sickens and an EPA That Doesn’t Care

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Despite EPA Knowledge of Health Hazards, Fracking Chemicals Remain Secret

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Millions Fewer Would Get Overtime Protections If the Overtime Threshold Were Only $31,000

Comment are off
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,...
Continue Reading

Three Inspiring Activists Share Their Net Neutrality Stories

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

The Big Lie Behind the Trump Assault on Our Environment and Health

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

We Just Sued the Trump Administration for Rolling Back Progress on Equal Pay

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Ajit Pai

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Pruitt’s EPA Abandoning Duty to Protect Kids From Dangerous Pesticides

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Three Things You Should Know About Poultry Line Speeds (And How Safe Line Speeds Keep Chicken Safe to Eat)

Comment are off
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......
Continue Reading

Will a Pharma Fox Run the Health Care Henhouse?

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

CPR Member Scholar Hammond Brings a Real EPA ‘Back to Basics’ Lesson to Senate

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading

Halloween Over, But Congress Mixing Up Witches’ Brew of Bank Rollbacks Anyway

Comment are off
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...
Continue Reading