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Victory! Fed Ordered to Reinstate Updated CAFE Penalties

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By Irene Gutierrez, Natural Resources Defense Council In a win for consumers and the environment, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of NRDC, Center for Biological Diversity, and Sierra Club, and overturned a Department of Transportation attempt to indefinitely...
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Here Are the “Transparency” Policy Documents the EPA Does Not Want You to See

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists On April 17th, the Union of Concerned Scientists obtained EPA records through three separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests demonstrating that a proposed Trojan horse “transparency” policy that would restrict t...
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The SEC’s “Regulation Best Interest” Is in the Best Interest of Wall Street, Not Retirement Savers and Other Investors

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by Monique Morrissey and Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued over 1,000 pages of proposed regulations relating to the conduct of financial professionals. Among other things, the proposals specify that...
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Tell the EPA to Protect the Bees Before April 21

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG April 21 is the deadline to submit public comments asking the EPA to ban bee-killing, food-supply-risking pesticides. Take action before it’s too late! A new scientific study shows that we’re risking our food supply. A big part of the problem: the...
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Internal EPA Emails Confirm that Scott Pruitt’s Secret Science Proposal Is Entirely Driven By Politics

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists Newly released documents obtained by the Union of Concerned Scientists under three separate Freedom of Information Act requests and first reported on by POLITICO demonstrate that the Trojan horse “secret science” proposa...
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What Are We to Make of the CFPB’s Billion Dollar Wells Fine?

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By Jeff Sovern, St. John’s University School of Law As Allison posted earlier, the CFPB has levied a $1 billion fine on Wells.  Some first reactions: A person inclined to give acting director Mulvaney the benefit of the doubt might say that this shows that the Bureau is...
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Three Ways the House Farm Bill Would Hurt America’s Land, Water and Wildlife

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By Ryan Richards, Center for American Progress America’s farmers and ranchers have a proud tradition of conservation stewardship, working their lands with the goal of passing on their way of life to their children. Over the years, the Farm Bill has provided a strong foundation...
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New Rule on Investment Advice Leaves Working People Vulnerable

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By Heather Slavkin Corzo, AFL-CIO Workers depend on investments in the financial markets to finance our retirements and grow our other long-term savings. That means we need sound investment advice, provided by experts who are looking out for our best interests. While it seems...
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How a GOLIATH Act Could Restore Consumer Rights

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress A year ago this month, David Dao, a then-69-year-old doctor, was forcibly removed by police from an overbooked United Airlines flight in Chicago. Graphic video footage of his severe injuries prompted an immediate backlash against the...
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Counts Costs But Not Benefits of Safeguards — and Hopes You Won’t Notice

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By Yogin Kothari, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released another misleading “study” about the “costs” of regulation (read: science-based safeguards, public protections) while virtually ignoring the benefits. They do this every...
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Endangered Species Are Threatened by Secretary Zinke’s Interior Department

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By Lena Moffitt, Sierra Club Several years ago I had the pleasure of watching grizzly bears play and interact in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Nothing could have prepared me for what it was like to see them in person. Documentaries and photos may offer a glimpse, but...
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Scorch? Meet Earth.

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By Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Blog Premature talk of the “end stage” of the Trump administration has begun to circulate. Adam Davidson writes at The New Yorker, “This is the week we know, with increasing certainty, that we are entering the last phase of the...
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What Else Have They Gotten Wrong?

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By Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Blog As damage assessments roll in on our sitting president’s military strike against (empty?) bases in Syria, there are early reports Donald Trump’s America-first believers fear they’ve been sold out. Politico examines early...
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The Hyper-Partisan House Farm Bill Should Be Plowed Under

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By Erik Olson and Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council From farmers plowing their fields as dawn breaks to harried parents putting food on the dinner table at the end of a busy day, we all want our food to be safe, healthy, and readily available. From farm to fork, our food...
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Time for Senators to Look in the Mirror

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform Congress is about to make a big decision that has drawn far too little notice. The Senate plans to vote this week on a proposal to overturn a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guidance against discriminatory auto lending. We are...
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Consumer Product Safety Commission Becoming Increasingly Partisan and Corporate-Captured

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen When you sit on a chair, you expect that it won’t break. When you start your coffeemaker, you expect that it won’t catch on fire. When you put your child on a tricycle, you expect that the wheels won’t fall off. But product manufacturers don’t......
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U.S. PIRG Urges Appeals Court to Block President Trump’s Illegal Appointment of Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the CFPB

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By Mike Landis, U.S. PIRG Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument in English v. Trump, a case involving a challenge to President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)....
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Scott Pruitt’s Regulatory Rollback Recipe

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By Josh Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continues to stack the deck in favor of industry interests. At least two members appointed by Pruitt to the EPA Science Advisory Board received funding to conduct misleading research that EPA used to...
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Peter Wright’s Nomination Means Superfund Conflicts of Interest in Almost All 50 States

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Last month, the Trump administration nominated Peter Wright from DowDuPont to serve as Assistant Administrator at the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). This office plays a critical role in protecting public health...
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Zuckerberg’s Testimony: Has Anything Changed?

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By Caroline Ristaino, Public Citizen The publicized scandals at Facebook involving Russian ads meant to interfere with the 2016 election and the obtainment of user data by Cambridge Analytica have left many Americans wondering whether the ability to share pictures and life...
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The White House Clearly Does Not Like the EPA’s “Secret Science” Plan

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The EPA’s plan to limit the types of science that the  EPA can use to make decisions may run into an unusual roadblock: the White House itself. In a Senate hearing yesterday, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan questioned White...
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Ford’s Big Deception

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By Madeline Paige, Public Citizen Facing backlash to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s toxic agenda and unethical behavior, it’s no wonder automakers are rushing to distance themselves from Pruitt’s rollback of the popular clean car standards. But as major automakers like Ford...
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Brace Yourself for Unhealthy Air: The Trump Administration Weakens Clean Air Protections

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday the Trump administration started chipping away at one of the strongest science-based public health protections we have in the country. In a laundry list of industry wishes, President Trump has ordered the EPA to make...
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Take Action to Stop the Bank Lobbyist Act

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen Right now, there’s a snake slithering through the grass outside of the House of Representatives: It’s a bill that passed the U.S. Senate last month. And the House has the power to either kill the snake or make its venom even more dangerous. The...
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The U.S. Chamber’s Plans to Defang the CFPB

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen The U.S. Chamber of Commerce really, really does not like the idea of an independent and effective Consumer Financial Protection bureau (CFPB). That’s the key takeaway from its recently-released CFPB “reform” agenda. The agenda’s preamble claims...
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The American People’s Ability to Access Justice Through the Courts Is Under Attack

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By Partice Simms, Earthjustice The courts have proven to be a powerful check against President Trump, dealing his administration numerous high-profile losses since he took office. Thanks in part to Earthjustice’s work, Trump is now painfully aware that even the president is...
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At House Judiciary Hearing, CPR’s Hammond Calls Out Efforts to Rig Environmental Review Process

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform This morning, CPR Member Scholar and George Washington University Law Professor Emily Hammond is set to testifybefore the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law a...
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Managing Low and Volatile Ag Price Farmer Anxiety? The CFTC Goes to the Heartland

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By Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) co-hosted, with Kansas State University, its first conference on agricultural derivatives contracts outside of Washington, DC, April 5-6 in Kansas City. A meeting of the...
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Mulvaney: Political Arsonist

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By Lisa Gilbert and Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen “We’re not burning it down.” That’s Mick Mulvaney describing his management of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Yet he keeps setting fires – terminating enforcement, ignoring supervision, slashing funding,...
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Scott Pruitt Has Betrayed the Mission, the National Interest, and the Public Trust

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council As Americans, we have a right to expect that the people we entrust with public service will work toward good governance, put the national interest first, advance the mission they’re given, and do so with integrity. Scott Pruitt has...
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Could Trump Corrupt the IRS and Profit From It?

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By Amit Narang and Emily Peterson-Cassin, Public Citizen In the coming weeks, the Trump administration will make an important decision that could allow President Donald Trump to rig the rules at the IRS for his own personal profit. This decision also would slow down important...
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Federal Power Rules Threaten New England Renewable Energy

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By Miles Farmer and Bruce Ho, Natural Resources Defense Council A recent order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the federal agency that oversees the nation’s power grid, could block renewable energy from fair access to the grid in New England, potentially...
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Andy Wheeler: Trump’s Pick for EPA Deputy is a Threat to Our Climate and Health

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By Angela Anderson, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington’s latest parlor game involves predictions about the number of days left in Scott Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA.  There’s even a website where you can place bets on it and some very funny memes and gifs on the internet...
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Judge to EPA: Do Your Job and Enforce Civil Rights Law

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By Kim Carson, Earthjustice Communities of color fighting environmental discrimination just got a major boost. On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must investigate and respond to civil rights complaints within 180 days of accepting them. The...
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Pruitt Needs to Go—But So Do Others in Pruitt’s Conflicted and Corrupt EPA

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt seems to have a penchant for scandalous behavior, from misuse of public funds to special deals with corporate lobbyists. It was hard to keep up this week with Pruitt...
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Scott Pruitt Doesn’t Play by the Rules—and He Still Can’t Win

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By Keith Rushing, Earthjustice EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is in trouble. This week, reporters are shining light on his ties to lobbyists and excessive use of taxpayer dollars for his own benefit. Meanwhile environmental groups have been seeing the fruits of their labor in...
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Grasping for “Hopeful Signs,” Washington Post Downplays the Dangers of Trump Administration Attacks on Science and Public Health

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The headline of a Washington Post editorial board piece caught me off guard last week. It read, “Trump’s record on science so far is a mixed bag.” I read on to try and understand the points made but found myself disappointed and...
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Plastic Waste Is a Public Health Issue

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By Alex Truelove, U.S. PIRG Plastic is ubiquitous in our lives for a reason. It’s cheap and lightweight. It can be hard or flexible, film or foam. The invention of plastic has led to several important public health advancements over the years: hearing aids, contact lenses, joint...
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NAFTA: New Protections for “Too Big to Fail” Banks

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By Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy The financial industry’s demands for a “modernized” financial services chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been overlooked by both agricultural policy advocates and those who are seeking to...
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Science Experts Tell EPA to Regulate Toxic Perchlorate

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council One of the many travesties in the failure to properly protect drinking water in the United States is EPA’s decades-long inability to set an enforceable drinking standard for perchlorate, a chemical that harms the thyroid –...
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Five Things the EPA Gets Wrong as It Re-Evaluates the Fuel Efficiency Standards (and One Thing It Ignores)

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By Jonna Hamilton, Union of Concerned Scientists On Monday April 2nd, the EPA released a “redetermination” of the incredibly popular and successful car and light truck global warming emissions standards – spoiler alert – EPA said that the standards are not appropriate and need to...
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Scott Pruitt Has Literally Made Washington – and America – More Toxic

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Mired in multiple scandals of his own making, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt attempted to shift the blame to “toxic” Washington yesterday. Irony, thy name is Scott Pruitt. The fact is, no EPA administrator in history...
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Newsflash: Better Fuel Efficiency Is Good For Jobs

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By Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists For all the rhetoric coming from the administration around proposed rollbacks to the EPA’s vehicle emission standards, one would think that existing standards are somehow inflicting damage on our economy.  EPA administrator Scott Pruitt...
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Coalition Demands Sensible Protections Against Pesticides

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By Madeline Ramey, Farmworker Justice The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken steps to weaken and remove important protections against exposure of farmworkers, their children and their communities to pesticides that can cause serious...
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Betrayal at the USDA

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Unqualified government employees. Elected officials using their positions for personal gain. Policymakers favoring industry and disregarding science. Such betrayals of the public trust have become commonplace in the Trump...
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Pruitt Abuses Safe Drinking Water Act to Pay Cronies

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By Mae Wu and Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council An in-depth review by The Atlantic today showed that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has been abusing a provision in the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The provision authorizes EPA to...
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Mulvaney Cites Own Conduct as Prime Reason to Limit CFPB Powers

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By Scott Nelson, Public Citizen In case you missed the punchline of Jeff Sovern’s post on the CFPB’s annual report, the news is not the report itself (which conscientiously recites the CFPB’s actions between February and September 2017, before Mick Mulvaney was...
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EPA Rolls Back Fuel Efficiency Standards at the Request of Automakers

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists In what comes as a surprise to absolutely no one following the current administration, today EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a redetermination of the appropriateness of the EPA’s vehicle regulations through 2025 and found that...
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Five Things to Know About the New Federal Law Protecting Workers’ Tips

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By Judith Conti, National Employment Law Project As part of the omnibus spending bill enacted on March 23rd, Congress included a provision that provides America’s tipped workers with strong and unequivocal protection of the tips they work so hard to earn. It’s a landmark victory...
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Pruitt Moves to Weaken Clean Car Standards

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is directing his agency to redo successful clean car standards that have already reduced 230 million tons of climate-changing emissions and saved consumers more...
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With Labeling Plan Leaked, What Else Lurks in Trump’s NAFTA

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By Sharon Treat, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy The Trump administration wants to wrap up the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the end of April. If the administration has its way, the April round of talks will be the last formal...
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80 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Its Unfinished Business

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By Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year. The work of the National Consumers League (NCL), founded in 1899, and Florence Kelley, laid the groundwork for this landmark worker protection...
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Working Women Need Fair Employment

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By Amy Traub, Demos Demos’ new briefing book, Everyone’s Economy, offers an economic agenda that will enable all of us to thrive. Women’s History Month is an opportunity to dig into the ways that a race-conscious, populist economic agenda must elevate women. Over the next 2...
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Regulatory Rhetoric Meets Regulatory Research

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight Every year the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which oversees rulemaking across the entire federal government, issues a report on the net benefits and costs of major regulations established during the last ten years. The...
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Coal and Nuclear Plant Bailout Would Be Unjustified Use of DOE’s Emergency Authority

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By Joel Eisen, Center for Progressive Reform It’s no secret that the Trump administration and coal companies have drawn a bullseye on reversing coal’s declining fortunes in wholesale electricity markets, where competition and inexpensive natural gas have driven...
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It’s Time to Fire Scott Pruitt

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council What’s in a silver dollar? Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb? What’s the purpose of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? Some questions answer themselves, but EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt gets the easiest one completely wrong. He’s...
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A Year After EPA Puts Kids at Risk, Food Companies Can Help

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By Sasha Stashwick, Natural Resources Defense Council Today marks the one-year anniversary of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s dangerous decision to allow a pesticide highly toxic to kids to continue to be used on fruits and vegetables, including kid favorites like apples and...
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Five Recent Environmental Safety Changes Threatening Children’s Health

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By Cristina Novoa and Claire Moser, Center for American Progress Imagine learning that water from your tap might be harmful to your family’s health. Imagine that in addition to thinking about the food you feed your children—something you can try to control—you must worry about...
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Thanks to Scott Pruitt, 30 Million Pounds of Brain-Damaging Pesticide Will Be Sprayed on Crops in Next 5 Years

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By Alex Formuzis and Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group One year ago today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt sided with the pesticide lobby over EPA scientists in an eleventh-hour decision to abort the agency’s proposal to ban chlorpyrifos...
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More News on Toxic Chemicals in Food That’s Hard to Swallow

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By Daniel Rosenberg and Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council A new study released today provides further evidence that we are being exposed to a class of toxic chemicals that harm male reproduction in our food—with higher levels of exposure from eating at restaurants....
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New Study Shows Strong Standards Produce Jobs, Cleaner Cars

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By Simon Mui, Natural Resources Defense Council A new economic study looking at the impacts of national and state clean car standards shows these programs will benefit the economy, create more jobs, and cut pollution. The report, conducted by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., finds...
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A Perfect Pairing: New Tip Provisions and a Strong Minimum Wage

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute Last December, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal to allow employers to collect their workers’ tips, ostensibly to distribute them more evenly through tip pools. However, the rule was written in such a way that it...
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Bank Lobbyist Act Update

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen The U.S. Senate recently passed a major rollback of some of the critical Wall Street reforms put into law eight years ago, after the worst financial crash since the Great Depression. Officially called the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and...
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Senate Banking Deregulation Bill Leaves Scraps for Student Loan Borrowers

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By Christopher Peterson, Consumer Federation of America This month, the Senate passed a bill rolling back reforms enacted after the financial crisis. Despite calls for an open and transparent process, the bill was passed without debating a single amendment. The result was a bill...
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FERC May Stifle Public Voice on New Gas Pipelines

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By Gillian Giannetti, Natural Resources Defense Council Three of the five members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—which oversees the siting and approval of America’s interstate natural gas pipelines—recently suggested a new policy that will hamper public...
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Ozone You Didn’t! EPA Air Boss Announces Dirty Air Agenda

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By Matthew Gravatt, Sierra Club Every week, it seems like another decision that endangers our families comes out of Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Too much of it is thanks to Scott Pruitt’s right hand man, Bill Wehrum. Remember him? He heads EPA’s Office of...
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Zuckerberg Must Testify Under Oath

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By Collette Watson and Timothy Karr, Free Press “It is only when you break it [that you can] remodel the pieces into your vision of a new society.” No, those aren’t the words of a Marvel supervillain. They’re a confession from Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie...
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The Financial Services Roundtable’s Dangerous Policy Agenda

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By Americans for Financial Reform The Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) “2017 Year in Review,”—an outline of their priorities and successes—is a remarkable catalogue of attacks on families’ economic security and rights, and on financial stability, in pursuit of still higher...
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Activists Urge Lawmakers to Reject Fake Net Neutrality Bills

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By Alison Brzenchek, Free Press We want lawmakers to support the Congressional Review Act resolution to restore the open-internet rules— and we won’t be fooled by fake Net Neutrality legislation. Those are the two messages activists conveyed to their members of Congress and the...
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Did Facebook Violate an FTC Privacy Order When It Did Business With Cambridge Analytica?

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Recent news stories (Washington Post)  about Facebook providing personal information to the data broker Cambridge Analytica raise a question: Is Facebook in violation of a 2011 Privacy Order (consent decree) with the Federal Trade Commission? Did it...
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Washington Is First State to Ban Fluorinated Chemicals in Food Packaging

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group On Wednesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the first state law to ban toxic fluorinated chemicals in food packaging, such as microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes and fast-food wrappers. The ban – conditioned on the state...
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Automakers Turn to Climate Deniers in Quest to Lower Fuel Economy Regulations

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Last month, the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Department of Transportation calling into question impacts of climate change and tailpipe pollutants in an...
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Trump Admin Just Lost Another Attempt to Nix Commonsense Rules on Methane

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice An Obama-era rule meant to improve air quality, curb climate emissions and bring millions of dollars into the public coffers is back in effect once again. Recently, a U.S. District Court judge rejected the Trump administration’s latest attack on...
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10 Reasons to #FirePruitt

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By Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth Adored by both Big Oil and Donald Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is the ultimate example of what happens when corrupt public officials side with corporate polluters instead of protecting the American people. Whether tearing apart climate...
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HHS’ Discriminatory and Dangerous Proposed Health Care Rule, in Grey’s Anatomy GIFs

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By Yumhee Park, National Women’s Law Center From ending gun violence to sexual assault to fighting for DREAMERs – there’s a lot going on in Trump’s America for today’s intersectional feminist activist. One thing that might be flying under your radar? The sneaky ways the...
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Trump Administration Seeks to Gut Water Pollution Safeguards, Putting Communities at Risk

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club A Hollywood scriptwriter couldn’t make this up. One day after new data revealed widespread toxic water contamination near coal ash disposal sites,  Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt announced a proposal to repeal the very 2015 EPA...
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EPA Quietly Moves to Allow More Toxic Air Pollution that Causes Cancer

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By Juan Declet-Barreto, Union of Concerned Scientists A recent move by the EPA puts communities across the country at risk. By rolling back a key policy that protects people against cancer-causing air pollutants, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is exposing us all to more toxic...
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Health Professionals: Fracking Can’t Be Done Without Threatening Public Health

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By Grant Smith and Tasha Stoiber, Environmental Working Group Fracking for oil and gas poses an impending health crisis in the U.S., two leading groups of health professionals warn in a new report. Not only do existing fracking regulations fail to protect Americans from increased...
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How the Trump FCC Is Disconnecting the Poor

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By Lucia M., Free Press The Federal Communications Commission is catering to corporations and harming the very people it’s supposed to serve. Last Thursday, the Voices for Internet Freedom coalition hosted a briefing for members of Congress and their staff about the disastrous...
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Out for Blood: Legislators Escalate Their War on Wolves

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice One dead wolf, every three hours. That’s how quickly a dozen wolves were shot and killed during the first 40 hours of Wyoming’s inaugural wolf hunt last fall. The state-sanctioned hunt began after Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for...
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Study: Lead Exposure Can Be Deadly For Adults

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group The danger of children’s exposure to even the lowest level of lead is well known. Now, a new study finds that adults who are exposed to lead face major risks of death from heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. The...
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Even Mulvaney’s Defenders Struggle to Identify His Accomplishments at the CFPB

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By Jeff Sovern, St. John’s University School of Law Mick Mulvaney has now led the CFPB for three and a half months and during that period, has been subject to attacks, including on our blog.  Naturally, his defenders are stepping up. For example, Congressman Blaine...
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Identity Theft, Fraud Statistics Give Consumers No Cause to Celebrate

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By Susan Grant, Consumer Federation of America Last week was National Consumer Protection Week, but when it comes to fraud and identity theft, consumers don’t have much to celebrate. Statistics recently released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a private consulting...
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NRDC Fights Another Pruitt Rollback of Smog and Methane Curbs

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By Mark Szybist, Natural Resources Defense Council In yet another step to dismantle critical protections for our air and climate, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed to withdraw the EPA’s guideline for states to reduce smog-forming air pollution from oil and gas...
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Blowing the Whistle on Workplace Hazards

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform Workers have the right to speak up about health and safety hazards they encounter on the job. And they should be able to feel comfortable coming forward with their concerns without having to worry that they will be fired, demoted, or...
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EPW’s New Bill of Old Attacks

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By Scott Slesinger and Brian Siu, Natural Resources Defense Council Why are members of the Senate planning to weaken environmental protections? In a prelude to voting on anti-environmental legislation, Senator Barrasso, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,...
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Legislation from DeLauro and Clark Would Strengthen Protections for Tipped Workers

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By the AFL-CIO As we reported in January, President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor is proposing a rule change that would mean restaurant servers and bartenders could lose a large portion of their earnings. The rule would overturn one put in place by the Barack Obama...
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A New Flood Protection Standard for the US’ Flooding Problem

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By Joel Scata, Natural Resources Defense Council America has a flooding problem. In 2017, the federal government declared 44 major disaster events that involved flooding and hurricanes, surpassing 2016, in which 36 major flood-related or hurricanes disasters were declared....
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More Mayors Pledge to Champion Net Neutrality

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press The number of mayors pledging to refuse to do business with online gatekeepers has grown to 16 since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled MayorsForNetNeutrality.org on Sunday. Mayor De Blasio, who announced the initiative during an appearance at...
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Kneecapping CERCLA Won’t Get Rid of Air Pollution from Ag

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By Laurie Ristino, Center for Progressive Reform Who doesn’t want to breathe clean air? Unfortunately, a “bipartisan” bill now working its way through the Senate would undermine our ability to address a growing source of air pollution – livestock operations. The...
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Asbestos Found in Children’s Products

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By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG The PIRG Consumer Watchdog team recently found that three different products sold by national retail brand Claire’s contain alarming amounts of asbestos. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers it “unacceptable” for cosmetic talc to be...
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Judges to EPA: Get the Lead Out (on Protecting Children’s Brains)

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By Jessica Knoblauch, Earthjustice After dragging its heels for almost two decades, the EPA was recently ordered by a court to update its standards on allowable lead levels in paint and dust, which are some of the most common causes of lead poisoning in children in the U.S....
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Wall Street Deregulation Is All About the Money

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By Robert Weissman, Public Citizen The U.S. Senate likely will pass a major Wall Street deregulation bill this week with Democratic support. It’s a package that reduces safeguards for two dozen of the three dozen largest banks, enables smaller banks to speculate with deposits,...
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‘Big Pizza’ Is Lobbying Congress to Put Profit Ahead of Public Health

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By Peter Lehner, Earthjustice Domino’s, Papa John’s and other pizza restaurants are trying to undo a major public health law that lets consumers know how many calories are in prepared foods. While most major restaurant chains, top grocers and convenience stores are...
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SEC Commissioner Says Agency Should Protect Investors Against Rip-Off Clauses

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By Remington Gregg, Public Citizen Last week, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Robert Jackson cautioned the agency against taking any potential action that would handcuff investors from holding corporate bad actors accountable for wrongdoing. Public...
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EPApocalypse: A Review of Pruitt’s 1st Year as Administrator

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By Ella Mendonsa, Natural Resources Defense Council Scott Pruitt celebrated his one-year anniversary as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency two weeks ago and it’s time to grade his performance. While Pruitt has recently been catching heat fo...
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What You Haven’t Heard About That Bad Banking Bill: It Preempts State Identity Theft Reforms

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By Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG By now, you might have seen the flashy headlines about President Trump and the other Republicans deregulating banks with the help of several Senate Democrats. S.2155, the so-called “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act” was...
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CPR’s Heinzerling to House Small Business Committee: Trump’s Assault on Safeguards Nothing to Celebrate

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Later this morning, CPR Member Scholar and Georgetown Law Professor Lisa Heinzerling will testify before the House Small Business Committee at a hearing that appears to be aimed at reveling in the Trump administration’s...
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Carl Icahn: A Conflict-of-Interest “Icon” for the Trump Era

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By Andrea Peterson, Project on Government Oversight When the President announced last week that his Administration will impose hefty new tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum imports, the stock market and even many of his own economic team appeared thrown off balance. But not, it...
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Diverse Coalition Sets Forth Vision for FERC Power Markets

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By Jennifer Chen, Natural Resources Defense Council Seeking to fix growing problems with certain wholesale electricity markets, an unusual coalition of rural-cooperative and publicly-owned electric utilities, industrial and commercial customers, consumer advocates, renewable...
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