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Methane Gas Leaks

Methane gas (often known as natural gas) has heated the homes of many Americans for over a century – and for over a century, it has been prone to leaks, putting communities and the environment in danger. With growing awareness of the impact of methane leaks on the climate, and with growing availability of safer alternatives, it is clear that gas has no place in a modern clean energy network.

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Report: Damaging methane gas pipeline leaks happen every 40 hours in the U.S.

New report deails how frequent gas leaks result in death, injury and other damage to our health and environment.

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STATEMENT: Senate confirms Consumer Product Safety Commission nominee; agency now at full strength

The U.S. Senate confirmed commission nominee Mary Boyle on Wednesday, nearly a year after she was nominated by President Biden, by a vote of 50-48. 

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Infant formula price gouging finally being targeted by Colorado, other states | Teresa Murray

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has issued an executive order that prohibits infant formula from being sold at illegally high prices that indicate price gouging. 

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RELEASE: ‘Failing the Fix’ scorecard grades Apple, Google, Dell, others on how fixable their devices are

Dell leads pack for laptops; Motorola for cell phones; Apple ranks lowest for both, according to repairability analysis by Right to Repair advocates 

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Advisory: New reports, tip guides for National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12

In recognition of Consumer Protection Week 2022, U.S. PIRG Education Fund is providing consumer protection tips and tools to help Americans address some of the most common consumer issues. Go to U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s Consumer Week page each day next week for new content.

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STATEMENT: Fitbit recalls about 1 million Ionic Smartwatches after 78 reports of burn injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in conjunction with Fitbit announced the recall of the Fitbit Ionic Smartwatches on Wednesday.

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New report: Money for nothing? How to make better use of our transportation dollars

Gas taxes are supposed to pay for the construction and maintenance of roads, but too often, they don’t, according to a new report from U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group. The report, Shifting Gears, suggests that to build a cleaner, safer and more affordable transportation system, it is time to shift gears.  

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U.S. PIRG Education Fund urges Best Buy to protect consumer health by promoting cleaner cooking

Following a recent study from Stanford about gas stove pollution, national consumer group U.S. PIRG Education Fund is calling on Best Buy to take a leadership role in the industry, and better educate consumers shopping for new stoves.

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Looking Inward

We surveyed nearly 1,000 personal care products from 26 popular cosmetics companies and scored them on ingredient safety and disclosure. The major takeaway: most companies need to do a lot more to inform their customers about what ingredients are in their products.

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Getting off the hook of a predatory tow

Every year, millions of Americans have their cars towed. Under the best circumstances, getting towed is an ordeal, even when justified. U.S. PIRG Education Fund identified 14 common sense towing protections that should be available to consumers in every state, and researched which states offer those protections.

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Carbon Pricing 101

U.S. policymakers must use every practical policy tool to tackle climate change – promoting rapid deployment of renewable energy sources, investing in research and development of clean energy technologies and energy efficiency and taking regulatory actions to push polluters away from using dirty fossil fuels. A central element in this strategy should be putting a price on carbon pollution. This new report shows how carbon pricing can be used to push polluters to use energy more efficiently and shift from oil, coal and natural gas to clean, renewable energy.

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Warranties in the Void II

An updated survey of warranties from 43 companies finding all tell customers they void warranties for independent repair. The continued problem of warranties wearing thin underscores the need for action on Right to Repair.

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Electric Buildings

This new report documents the benefits of electrifying the majority of buildings in America to consumers and the environment.

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There are lessons for pre-schoolers, pre-teens, high schoolers and certainly, young adults going off to college or moving out.

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U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and ClientEarth announced a lawsuit against Washington Gas in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday over misleading customers on the environmental impacts of natural gas.

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Manufacturers will need to ensure that the battery compartments that use button or coin batteries are not easily accessible by children age 6 and younger.

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Methane gas is a fossil fuel that pollutes our air and poses risks to public health. But you wouldn’t know it from the way the gas industry portrays it.

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Here are the steps to getting a written good faith estimate before receiving scheduled medical care. 

Solid Waste

PIRG hosts webinar with MythBusters' Adam Savage on Right to Repair

Our national network and the Right to Repair team organized a summit featuring keynote speaker Adam Savage from MythBusters. He shared his thoughts with us on the movement and we discussed our current progress on the Right to Repair campaign.

 

Solid Waste

New federal bill calls for U.S. to move beyond plastic

On Feb. 11, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal introduced legislation that would phase out unnecessary single-use plastics, which commonly end up clogging our landfills and polluting our environment. It also provides funding for recycling and composting infrastructure, and would shift the financial burden of managing waste and recyclables from town and city governments to the manufacturers.

 

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