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Ten Year Anniversary of Safer School Supplies: Happy Birthday CPSIA!

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG It’s back to school season, and parents and teachers are shopping for school supplies. Many parents wonder how to make sure the products they buy are safe for their kids. The good news is that this week marks the 10th anniversary of the Consumer...
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Strong Leadership Makes for Satisfied Federal Scientists: A Case Study at the FDA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists As our research team was analyzing the results of our newest federal scientist survey that was released earlier this week, it was heartening to see that at some agencies, like at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the job...
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We’re Standing Up Against EPA’s Attempt to Censor Science

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By Vijay Limaye, Natural Resources Defense Council When former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his plan on “secret science” in April, it was immediately clear that this was an unprecedented attempt to restrict the type of science that the agency uses to conduct its work....
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The Growing Rise of Megacompanies Hurts Consumers and Damages Our Democracy

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen This month, Apple became the first publicly-traded American company to reach $1 trillion in market value. It is now one of the most powerful companies in the world both in revenue and in the share of the market that it holds. In 2017, Apple took...
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Is Scientific Integrity Safe at the USDA?

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Science is critical to everything the US Department of Agriculture does—helping farmers produce a safe, abundant food supply, protecting our soil and water for the future, and advising all of us about good nutrition to stay...
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CPR, Public Interest Allies Call on EPA to Abandon ‘Benefits-Busting’ Rule

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Earlier this week, 19 Member Scholars with the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provide a detailed legal and policy critique of the agency’s...
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Happy 10th Birthday to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act!

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) became law, it has done a number of things to protect children from exposure to lead in toys and other items, improved the safety standards for cribs and other infant and...
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Trump’s OSHA Backtracks on Electronic Recordkeeping Rule Over Bogus Privacy Concerns

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform The Trump administration has aggressively sought to undermine public safeguards since taking office, all under the guise of making America great (again?). Nowhere has this been more evident than the Environmental Protection Agency...
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UCS Survey Shows Interior Department Is Worse Than We Thought—And That’s Saying Something

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By Joel Clement, Union of Concerned Scientists Can scientific staff at the US Department of the Interior rest easy knowing that their colleagues at other agencies have it worse when it comes to political interference? Survey says: Nope. Today the Union of Concerned Scientists...
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Senators Move to Undo Clean Water Protections

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By Amy Mall, Natural Resources Defense Council Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) recently introduced legislation that would weaken the Clean Water Act, making it easier for polluting companies to build dirty oil and gas pipelines, massive dams, and other harmful projects that pose...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Results of Our 2018 Federal Scientists Survey

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists In February and March of this year, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) conducted a survey of federal scientists to ask about the state of science over the past year, and the results are in. Scientists and their work are being...
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Historic FTC Charge Against Four Auto Dealerships with Deceptive Business Practices

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to file complaints against individuals when the law is being violated and when it believes doing so would be in the public interest.  This month, the FTC flexed that power by bringing strong...
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Trump Administration Takes Aim at Public Health Protections

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By Union of Concerned Scientists In a new regulatory effort, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims to be working to increase consistency and transparency in how it considers costs and benefits in the rulemaking process. Don’t be fooled. Under the...
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Trump EPA’s “Dirty Power Plan” Coming Soon

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council As the nation and the world suffer another summer of record heat waves, devastating wildfires, and alarming weather extremes, EPA’s Acting Administrator Andy Wheeler is preparing to issue the Trump Administration’s “do-nothing”...
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The Trump Administration Continues to Protect Financial Predators

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By Better Markets Following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) dangerous and despicable policies (averaging more than 2 harmful, anti-consumer actions a month) of putting the interests of financial predators ahead of Main Street American consumers and families, the...
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The Organic Industry Isn’t Perfect, But It’s Transparent

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By Cameron Harsh, Center for Food Safety In a recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled “The Organic Industry is Lying to You,” Henry I. Miller claims that the organic food industry is guilty of “false and deceptive advertising” when it...
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The Story of the Grieving Orca Mother Is Heartbreaking—and a Call to Action

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Tahlequah is one of only 75 Southern Resident Killer Whales left in the wild. To save them and other imperiled wildlife, we must stop the Trump administration from gutting the Endangered Species Act. Tahlequah carries her deceased...
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What’s in Your Water? Trump’s New Coal Ash Regulation Rollback Threatens Families

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club As I travel this week to visit family in Tennessee for one last summer trip before the school year starts, I can’t put some work-related issues out of my head. I’m thinking of the massive coal ash spill near Harriman, Tennessee in 2008, when...
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Will Andrew Wheeler Follow Scott Pruitt’s Lead on Clean Water?

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By Maggie Flaherty, League of Conservation Voters The week before he was booted from office, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt released a memo directing the EPA’s Office of Water staff to draft a proposal to weaken the Clean Water Act, one of the two bedrock laws that protect...
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Study: Pesticides May Pose Greater Risk to Marine Mammals

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By Stacy Woods, Natural Resources Defense Council When the Trump administration reversed a planned ban to get the pesticide chlorpyrifos off fruits and vegetables in the U.S. in 2017, it ignored an abundance of scientific evidence establishing the significant risks posed by the...
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The Trump Administration’s Flawed Reasons for Rolling Back Clean Car Standards

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By Matt Casale, U.S. PIRG The Trump administration is making some pretty outlandish claims to justify its rollback of the nation’s most effective program at fighting climate change. Asserting that stronger fuel economy standards make our roads less safe, the administration moved...
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Court Sides with Science, Children’s Health on Chlorpyrifos

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By Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council After decades of advocacy and thousands of scientific studies, chlorpyrifos—a pesticide widely used on fruits and vegetables—may finally be headed to the history books. Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court ...
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Rick Perry Rejects Facts in Favor of Coal and Nuclear Bailouts

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By Jeremy Richardson, Union of Concerned Scientists Much has been written on coal and coal miners since the president began campaigning in earnest in 2016. Since taking office, he has continued that dishonest and dangerous rhetoric—and has directed his agenc...
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Children Exposed to Lead in Drinking Water at Day Care Centers

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By Susan Little, Environmental Working Group More than 4 million American children spend at least part of the day at child care centers. How widespread is lead contamination of the tap water at these facilities? Because only seven states require child care centers to test for...
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Science Prevails in the Courts as Chlorpyrifos Ban Becomes Likely

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, children, farmworkers, and the rest of us won big in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as the court ordered EPA to finalize its proposed ban of the insecticide chlorpyrifos. Ultimately, the judge determined that EPA’s 2017...
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We Join Leading Groups in Urging SEC to Strengthen Weak Investor Best Interest Proposal

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG We’ve joined leading consumer, civil rights, labor and older American organizations in a comment letter urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen its proposed “Regulation Best Interest” intended to ensure that...
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D.C. Circuit Decision Is a Win for Customers and the Climate

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By Bruce Ho, Natural Resources Defense Council The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second-highest court, delivered a victory to customers and the climate last week when it rejected a request from fossil fuel generators to ignore the contributions of renewable energy...
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Gov. Scott’s Policies Are Contributing to Florida’s Toxic Algal Bloom

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By Alexandra Carter and Miriam Goldstein, Center for American Progress Two hundred and eighty-seven dead sea turtles. Eighty dead manatees. A dead juvenile whale shark. Vast, uncountable numbers of dead fish and birds. Fifteen people in the emergency room. Huge economic costs....
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EPA TSCA Systematic Review for Chemicals Is Fatally Flawed

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The EPA Toxics Office is pushing a new approach to evaluating scientific studies that is setting off alarm bells with health scientists everywhere. It was developed in near-secrecy by the EPA office tasked with assessing...
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At the Trump USDA, the “D” Stands for “Dow”

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By Karen Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Everywhere you look in the Trump administration, there’s the Dow Chemical Company. Or rather, DowDuPont, as the company has been known since a 2017 corporate merger. The influence of this multinational chemical and agribusiness...
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SEC Commissioner Wrong to Support Blocking Courthouse Doors to Harmed Investors

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen In an interview with Politico, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Hester Peirce offered her support to allow companies the ability to prevent investors from banding together in class actions against them if they are...
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Regulatory ‘Burden’? A Mere $2,000 Would Have Saved This Man’s Neighborhood

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By Meghana Kuppa, Earthjustice The exasperation was apparent in Jesse Marquez’s voice recently as he testified at a public hearing in Washington, D.C., about a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to roll back a safety rule that would make the chemical industry more...
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Trump Fuel Efficiency Rollback Is an Attack on Science and the Public Interest

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By Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation released their long-awaited revisions to federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. To no one’s surprise, their preferred alternative is to essentially...
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8 Ridiculous Things in the Trump Rollback of Clean Car Standards (And 1 Thing They Get Right)

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump has followed through on his promise to roll back Obama-era fuel economy and emissions standards for passenger cars and trucks, proposing to freeze standards at 2020 levels.  Given the tremendous benefits of thes...
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Clean Energy Groups Urge FERC to Reconsider PJM Order

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By Miles Farmer, Natural Resources Defense Council A coalition of clean energy organizations is strongly pushing back on a recent move by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that frustrates state climate action in the Eastern United States and threatens to raise...
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Trump Cars Rollback Unjustified, Unprecedented and Dangerous

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council With this unjustified and unprecedented action, the Trump administration is moving to roll back crucial protections for our air and health, all so it can take more than $170 billion out of the pockets of drivers and give it to...
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Legal Lemons: Why Trump’s Clean Car Rollback Faces a Recall

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By Ben Longstreth, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump administration’s assault on public health and the environment is steaming forward with a legally unsound proposal to gut fuel economy and carbon pollution standards for new cars and trucks. If the administration...
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Trump’s Assault on Clean Water: An Environmental Justice Issue

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By Hayden Manseau, League of Conservation Voters In my environmental science class during my freshman year at Duke, I learned about the harm that pollution from hog farms was causing in eastern North Carolina, especially in low-income communities and communities of color that...
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Stop Meat Companies From Rigging the Grass-Fed Market

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By Ben Lilliston, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food companies have a long history of keeping consumers in the dark about the origins of their food. But outright deception is another level of darkness. There are strong signs that global meat companies are taking...
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How Can Consumers Find a Safe Sunscreen in the Age of Nanotechnology?

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By Jaydee Hanson and Ivan Moore, Center for Food Safety In July 2018, Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, signed a law that will ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate starting in 2021. The landmark legislation aims to protect Hawaii’s coral reefs,...
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Leading Groups Oppose OCC Proposal to Charter Fintechs

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Fintech is a shiny new toy that offers promise, but also poses threats to consumer protection. Yesterday, we joined leading consumer organizations to criticize a proposal by the chief national bank regulator known as the Office of the Comptroller of...
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Meet the New Boss

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By Michael Brune, Sierra Club The acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, seems determined to avoid the career missteps of his predecessor. Scott Pruitt, of course, finally got the boot from when the endless revelations of his corruption,...
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Zinke’s Cultural and Scientific Failure in Delisting Grizzlies

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By Bonnie Rice, Sierra Club Wyoming’s trophy hunt of grizzly bears is scheduled in less than 30 days. With little to no regret from the state and a corrupt and anti-environmental federal administration, the red-alert level is at an all-time-high. This hunt, though in only two...
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Reliability Experts to FERC: Focus on “No Regrets” Actions

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By John Moore and Gillian Giannetti, Natural Resources Defense Council The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held its annual conference on electric system reliability this week. Unsurprisingly, the topic of resilience was featured throughout and the message from most...
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Andrew Wheeler: Pruitt and Industry Puppet

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By Ariel Moger, Friends of the Earth Pruitt may be gone, but his legacy remains. Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler is now acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and he seems determined to continue Pruitt’s corrupt agenda. It hasn’t even been a month, and Wheeler...
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Wheeler’s Chance for a Course Correction at EPA

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform Andrew Wheeler will be on the hot seat today when he heads to Capitol Hill for his first appearance before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as Acting Administrator of the EPA. Senators initially scheduled the hearing...
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Appliance Standards: A Powerful Job Engine

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Federal energy efficiency standards for appliances, electronics, and other equipment are known to save energy, cut utility bills, and reduce harmful pollution. But something that isn’t widely known is that they’ve led to...
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Federal Health Study on Drinking Water Contaminants Calls Into Question Safety of Nation’s Drinking Water Supply

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By Laurel Schaider, Union of Concerned Scientists On a late June evening in a high school auditorium in Exeter, NH, dozens of people stepped up to the microphone to tell EPA about contaminated drinking water in their communities. They described unexplained illnesses in their...
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A Rare Victory: EPA Reverses Course and Closes Zombie Truck Loophole (For Now)

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By Jonna Hamilton, Union of Concerned Scientists Last night, we learned that we actually scored a win on glider trucks. Just before Scott Pruitt resigned from his position as EPA administrator, he gave a parting gift to the super-polluting glider truck industry. He said that the...
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Auto Standards Rollback: Oil Companies Win, Everyone Else Loses

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By Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists In April, I blogged about the findings of a new analysis showing how state and federal standards to improve vehicle efficiency and accelerate vehicle electrification could impact jobs and economic growth. The results of the analysis...
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‘Law and Order’ Trump Is Soft on Corporate Crime and Wrongdoing

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By Rick Claypool, Public Citizen In the “tough on crime” story President Donald Trump likes to tell about himself, he’s a “law and order” tough guy fighting to save “the forgotten men and women” from the scourge of “American carnage.” But even as the Trump administration ramps up...
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“Innovation” in the Airline Industry Has Been Code for Finding New Ways to Price Gouge Consumers: We Need to Fix That

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By Brian Young, National Consumers League If you have been listening to the airline industry, you may think that now is one of the best times to fly. According to its lobbyists, fares are down, and the airlines are working overtime to provide their customers with new and...
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Imagining a Justice Kavanaugh: For One Endangered Frog, Might Justice Scalia Have Been a Kinder, Gentler Jurist?

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By Amy Sinden, Center for Progressive Reform If Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process goes as quickly and affirmingly as his supporters hope, one of the cases he’ll hear on his first day on the bench will invite him to consider an imponderable...
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Unwinding the Perverse Arithmetic of Scott Pruitt’s Small Refinery Exemptions to the RFS

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By Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is gone, but the messes he created will be with us for a long time. His approach to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) took an already complicated policy and turned it upside down. Here, we...
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#MTSEN: Rosendale, Pence, Zenke Share Anti-Public Lands Agenda

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By Alyssa Roberts, League of Conservation Voters Maybe he was aiming for a solid dozen? Already under at least 11 government investigations into alleged ethics failings, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke likely triggered one more when he announced on his official Twitter...
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Trump’s EPA Puts Our Health at Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s common sense: the environment matters to our health. Ask parents, teachers, nurses, and community leaders, and they get it. They know that air and water pollution, contaminated land, and chemical exposures in their homes,...
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Trump’s Anti-Consumer Protection Nominee Gets a Senate Hearing; Here’s Why You Should Care

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By Better Markets Today, Trump’s nominee to be the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had a contentious hearing in the Senate Banking Committee, where she refused to answer even the most basic and straightforward questions.  Last November, Better Markets’...
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Fracked Gas Pipelines: Good News About Bad News

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By Kelly Martin, Sierra Club In late 2017, Jami Willard of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania found out that polluting corporations wanted to run a fracked gas pipeline through her family farm. Jami had heard about how dirty and dangerous these pipelines were, and how they could ruin...
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The Threat to Individual Liberty in Judge Kavanaugh’s CFPB Opinion

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By Karen Sokol, Center for Progressive Reform “This is a case about executive power and individual liberty.” That is how Judge Brett Kavanaugh started the opinion he wrote for a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the structure of the...
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The Fate of Dodd Frank at Eight

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen Eight years ago, on July 21, 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This followed the financial crash of 2008 that sparked in the waning weeks of the Bush administration. The calamity cost...
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This Year’s Farm Bill Has Huge Environmental Implications

By Laurie Ristino, Center for Progressive Reform Scott Pruitt’s narcissistic reign as EPA Administrator consumed advocates’ collective energies, and rightfully so. It was a drama that recently ended – not via Trump tweet, but by old-fashioned resignation. Alas, this...
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New EPA Administrator, Same Bad Idea—Car Standard Rollbacks Would be Awful

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists For months now, we’ve heard from a variety of sources that the Trump administration is readying a proposal which would roll back 2025 vehicle standards to 2020 levels, halting progress on reductions in emissions and oil use at the same...
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Kavanaugh’s Threat to Government Transparency and Accountability

By Daniel Farber, Center for Progressive Reform Presidents control crucial government agencies with authority over the environment, food and drug safety, and workplace conditions. Through various environmental, health, safety, and other laws, Congress has given these agencies...
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Clean Water, Clean Air, and Clean Government for All

By Mahealani Daniels, League of Conservation Voters Most families use bleaching wipes, antibacterial soap, and a multitude of other cleaning products in order to chase away the germs invading our homes. But last week at the “People Over Polluters Forum,” Democrats in the House of...
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8th Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

By Better Markets July 21 marks the eighth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Implemented in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Dodd-Frank has helped establish important protections for tens of millions...
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Holding Wall Street Accountable

By AFL-CIO Tomorrow marks the eighth anniversary of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a key piece of legislation passed to combat the dangerous corporate behavior that sparked the global financial crisis. A decade after the Great Recession, working...
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Watching Wheeler: 9 Critical Actions the New EPA Chief Should Take

By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists The people’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new leader. Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler took the helm of the agency on July 9 following the resignation of Scott Pruitt. And now Wheeler has the opportunity to move...
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USDA Helps High Frequency Traders Now; Promises Help for Farmers Later

By the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy With an eye on the U.S. elections in November, rural members of Congress are waiting anxiously for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to produce a plan to compensate farmers and ranchers for falling...
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A Dark Veil

 By the AFL-CIO The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded the Department of Labor’s “persuader rule” requiring companies to disclose any consultants or lawyers contracted for anti-union persuasion efforts. The most recent in a series of anti-worker regulatory rollbacks, the...
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If Confirmed to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh Would Threaten the Environment

By Malina Julia, People for the American Way In addition to his extreme records on abortion, reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial and legal history indicates a lengthy anti-environmental record that would severely...
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FCC Chairman Throws a Wrench in Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger—At Least for Now

By Andrea Peterson, Project on Government Oversight Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai put a major roadblock in the way of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and the Tribune Media Company this week. The Chairman said Monday he had “serious concerns”...
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American Workers Need Better Safeguards From Extreme Heat

By Juanita Constable, Vijay Limaye and Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council All sorts of federal safeguards protect the health of American workers. There’s a requirement for employers to ensure construction workers wear the right protective gear. Tractors and other...
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Help Workers to Beat the Heat!

By Will Barrett, Public Citizen As part of a national campaign for worker heat protections by Public Citizen, United Farm Workers Foundation and Farmworker Justice, more than 130 organizations and nearly 100 individuals have petitioned the Occupational Health and Safety...
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The Toxic Sinclair Merger May Be Doomed

By Free Press Our jaws are still on the floor, but news broke this morning that the FCC might scuttle the Sinclair-Tribune mega-merger. FCC Chairman Pai, a.k.a. Sinclair’s man in Washington, announced his intention to designate the proposed merger for an administrative hearing at...
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The Endangered Species Act Is Itself Endangered

By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists In the last two weeks, both the Senate and House have introduced bills proposing damaging amendments to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the leading piece of science-based legislation used to protect and recover biodiversity in...
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Health Experts Rebut Trump EPA Censoring Science Rule

By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council In one of his last acts of aggression against the public before resigning, corrupt and disgraced Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed a rule to restrict the scientific studies the EPA can rely on...
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Trump’s Coal Bailout, Repeal of Clean Power Plan Would Bring Early Death to Many Americans

By Grant Smith, Environmental Working Group The Trump administration’s proposals to prop up the coal industry and roll back clean air rules would mean early deaths for tens of thousands of Americans, according to new research. If implemented, the administration’s proposals would...
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The EPA Should Not Restrict the Science They Use to Protect Us

By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists On Tuesday morning, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding their only hearing on their proposed rule that would restrict the science that the agency is allowed to consider in developing health and safety protections...
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Don’t Re-Open the Wall Street Casino by Weakening the Volcker Rule

By Better Markets The Dodd Frank financial reform and consumer protection act had three core goals: Prevent financial crashes, Wall Street bailouts and another Great Recession; Protect consumers and investors from being ripped off; and Refocus finance back to funding the real...
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Trump’s Corporation-Friendly Consumer Task Force

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By Rick Claypool, Public Citizen Whew! Finally we can all sleep soundly knowing that Trump is taking consumer protection seriously! President Trump has signed an executive order creating a “Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud.”  That the name of Trump’s task force...
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Kavanaugh Nomination Threatens Climate and Communities of Color

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By Kerene Tayloe, Green for All With suspense like a prime-time reality show, President Trump announced his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy. While many suspected Trump would name a woman to The Court, he instead nominated Brett Kavanaugh; a 53-year-old...
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What Hath FERC Wrought?

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By Daniel Farber, Center for Progressive Reform At the end of June, in a vote divided along partisan lines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed down a sweeping order that will impact electricity markets in a wide swath of the country – likely at the expense of...
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Intimidation, Disinformation, the Formula Industry and the Next Dietary Guidelines

By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s nearly time for the federal government to update its Dietary Guidelines for the public, and this time around the recommendations will include legally mandated dietary guidance for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers (from birth...
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The Environmental Stakes Are High in Choosing the Next Supreme Court Justice

By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council In the fight to protect our environment and health from toxic pollution and industrial ruin, the U.S. Supreme Court often has the final word on whether the rights of citizens are upheld by the values and boundaries enshrined in our...
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To Rebuild Trust After Pruitt, EPA Should Ban These Toxic Chemicals

By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Thanks to President Donald Trump, Americans’ confidence in the Environmental Protection Agency has never been lower. Since taking office, Trump and his minions have sought to roll back 76 environmental safeguards, according to Harvard...
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QR Codes and GMOs: The Proposed Food Labeling Rule

By Sharon Treat, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy IATP recently submitted comments on the U.S Department of Agriculture’s proposed GMO disclosure rule. When the record closed at midnight on July 3, more than 14,000 comments had been submitted. Most, like ours, strongly...
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Chemical Disaster Prevention Repeal Will Harm EJ Communities

By Sara Imperiale, Natural Resources Defense Council On April 17, 2013 in the town of West, Texas, a fertilizer facility storing ammonium nitrate exploded with the force of 15,000 thousand pounds of TNT, killing 15 people, many of them first responders, injuring more than 250,...
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How Trump’s EPA Is Keeping Asbestos Legal

By Melanie Benesch, Environmental Working Group A Russian asbestos company is lavishing praise on Donald Trump and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Donald is on our side,” says a post on the Facebook page of the company, Uralasbest, touting the EPA’s recent decision ...
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If Confirmed, Kavanaugh Would Tilt Supreme Court Against Public Protections

By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform Last night, President Donald Trump set the stage for a contentious debate about American social and economic welfare in the decades to come, nominating a Washington insider with a narrow worldview to the Supreme Court. Brett...
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Who Is Brett Kavanaugh?

By Bettina Ramon, People For the American Way Earlier tonight, President Donald Trump announced his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Even before Kavanaugh’s name...
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Court Says Agency Can’t Indefinitely Delay Implementation of Obama-Era Rules

By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Here is a beacon of good news to temporarily brighten your dark and stormy social media feeds. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck down an attempt by the Trump Administration to indefinitely delay a rule that was...
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Despite Health Concerns, FCC and States Clear the Way for Next-Generation Wireless Networks

By Kaitlyn Mensing and David Andrews, Environmental Working Group The wireless communications industry is rushing to blanket the nation with next-generation networks whose health effects are unknown. Despite studies linking radiation from existing networks to cancer in lab...
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The Face of the EPA, Post-Pruitt

By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen In the face of 13 current federal inquiries and sustained public activism, Scott Pruitt has resigned as director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During his time in office, Pruitt made an astonishing number of questionable decisions....
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President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: What’s at Stake for Science and the Environment?

By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists Battle lines over President Trump’s nominee for a new US Supreme Court justice are now being drawn, as they should be, over crucial issues such as a woman’s right to choose, health care, immigration, civil rights, and criminal...
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How Dangerous Is New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler? Very. Here’s Why.

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By Derrick Jackson, Union of Concerned Scientists With Scott Pruitt’s resignation as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid a slew of ethics scandals, environmentalists who long campaigned for his ouster should be careful what they wished for. That is because...
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Kathy Kraninger?

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen On July 19, 2018, Kathy Kraninger will testify before the Senate Banking Committee as President Trump’s nominee to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB was created in 2010 to protect consumers from abuse by financial...
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President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: What’s at Stake for Science and the Environment?

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists Battle lines over President Trump’s nominee for a new US Supreme Court justice are now being drawn, as they should be, over crucial issues such as a woman’s right to choose, health care, immigration, civil rights, and criminal...
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Pro-Polluter Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Flurry of Ethics Scandals

By the Natural Resources Defense Council Ending what will go down as the worst era in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s history so far, Scott Pruitt resigned today, ending a tumultuous few months of ethics scandals and a year of egregious anti-environment rollback...
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Keep Your Paws Off: Three Ways Congress is Preying on Endangered Species Protection

By Charise Johnson, Union of Concerned Scientists It seems there is a doggedly persistent contingent of lawmakers in Congress whose life goals include defunding, weakening, ignoring, and overhauling endangered species protections. Their tactics are varied: sidelining science in...
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Borrowing From CPR Playbook, Small Business Administration Brings New ‘Win-Win’ Approach to Regulations

By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform When it comes to regulatory protections for health, safety, and the environment, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its Office of Advocacy don’t always put the public interest first. Falling in line with industry and...
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