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New Study: Lower Emission Future Is Likely More Affordable for Consumers

This week, Synapse Energy Economics released the first glimpse of a study modeling and comparing two possible futures for the electricity sector–one with cleaner energy and lower emissions and the other with business as usual energy investments.  What may come as a surprise to some, especially given the rhetoric of opponents of EPA’s Clean Air Act […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 | 2 Comments »


Supreme Court Again Settles Health Reform Debate

Last week, the Supreme Court reaffirmed a key element of the health reform law that allows millions of Americans to get tax credit discounts on their health insurance. The Court put to rest a longstanding argument over whether or not these discounts apply in all states. The decision ensures that no matter where you live, […]

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Posted by Blake Hutson on Monday, June 29th, 2015 | 18 Comments »


Plus-Up program helps families get into cleaner cars

California is offering huge incentives to help families replace their old, dirty, polluting cars with new, cleaner cars in the Greater Los Angeles area and the San Joaquin Valley. This program can make an enormous impact because these types of older, heavily polluting vehicles  are responsible for 80% of the states total pollution, though they […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Friday, June 26th, 2015 | No Comments »


Sorting through the confusion about GMOs

Here’s an infographic to help consumers sort through confusing news and messages about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). GMOs are found in a wide range of products, and should be labeled to support informed choice.

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Posted by Caitlin Watkins on Friday, June 19th, 2015 | 37 Comments »


New NAS report finds automakers on target to meet 2025 CAFE target

Today the National Academies released a study on the feasibility of federal CAFE (fuel economy) and greenhouse gas emission standards for vehicles.  Overall, the study indicates that automakers are on track to meet 2025 standards on time and at reasonable cost and that the vehicle fleet is likely to become safer as it becomes lighter. The […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | No Comments »


Stop wasting money, start saving water

The average family of 4 uses 400 gallons of water every day but you can seriously reduce this amount, and your monthly water bill. As California struggles through their fourth consecutive year of drought, 40 states say they too expect water shortages in the next 10 years, even if water conditions stay normal. This means water […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »


A Long Time Coming: Health Technology in the Hands of Patients

By Dena Mendelsohn, Health Policy Analyst at Consumers Union, and Erin Mackay, National Partnership for Women & Families Did you know that you may already be able to access your digital health records from home? Harnessing the power of technology to improve health and care doesn’t have to be complicated; you don’t need the latest […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »


$559 million of cap and trade funds now going to underserved communities

Earlier this month California Governor Jerry Brown released a revised state budget, and the Greenlining Institute has issued a press release praising the new funds available to support AB32 and SB 535 projects. AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act, generates revenue from the sale of carbon permits through the cap-and-trade program, and SB 535 requires that 25% of […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 | No Comments »


Consumer factsheet highlights the benefits of AB 32

Consumers Union worked with our partners at California Delivers to publish an excellent consumer factsheet highlighting the real benefits of AB 32 for residents and the state of California. These benefits include direct savings for consumers, revenues helping California communities, and the growth of clean energy, the economy, and jobs. Below are some highlights, but be […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 | No Comments »


Google’s YouTube Kids: Better for Advertisers than Families?

When Google launched its YouTube Kids App earlier this year, the company described it as “the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind.” But Google also seemed to have advertisers in mind as it designed the new app, according to a complaint we – along with a coalition of […]

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Posted by Kara Kelber on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »


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