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The ABCs of EVs – Policies to Effectively Grow Electric Vehicle Market

Electric vehicles (EVs) are on the cusp of a market breakthrough – going from a small niche market to mainstream vehicles. EV sales set a record in 2016, increasing by over a third from the year before, and 2017 is already on track to blow past that record. But EV growth has implications beyond clean […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 | No Comments »


Attacks on Energy Star program hurt consumers and threaten progress on energy efficiency nationwide

You would think that a program that has a over a 1000x return on investment would be a key candidate for further funding. You’d be wrong. The Energy Star program, a voluntary program that certifies products as among the most efficient in their class, is one of the most successful programs in government history. The […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »


How Clean is the Air You Breathe?

The American Lung Association is out with its latest State of the Air report for 2017. The report looks at air quality in communities across the country and finds continued progress in reducing air pollution, but also troubling signs on the horizon. The number of Americans living with unhealthy levels of air pollution has dropped […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »


Low-income Households Benefit Most from Improving Fuel Economy

Filling up your car’s gas tank is a major monthly expense for a lot of households in the U.S. But new federal rules are hoping to lower the costs of those bills by encouraging automakers to development more fuel efficient cars and trucks. A recent Consumers Union study found that owners can expect to save […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | No Comments »


Electric Vehicle Momentum Builds Nationwide

Clean cars are no longer just for the future. Many clean vehicles are already in showrooms, and you can expect the pace of new model rollouts to accelerate. Last week, members of the California Air Resources Board met to finalize their their midterm review of fuel efficiency standards for vehicle model years 2022-2025. They also […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Friday, March 31st, 2017 | No Comments »


Banks Made Over $30 Billion from Overdraft Fees in 2016

Overdraft fees are a real money-maker for banks. According to the Wall Street Journal, overdraft revenue is up 2.5% to $33 billion since 2015. Overall, in 2016, the top 10 biggest banks made $7.5 billion. These fees are costly for consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has compared overdraft to a short-term loan with […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 | No Comments »


Clean Power Plan halted: What this means for you

Withdrawing the Clean Power Plan is a mistake that will increase costs for consumers through higher energy and health care bills. The Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and encourages investments in energy efficiency and low-cost renewable energy. It is important to note that renewable energy is the fastest […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | No Comments »


Take Action: Tell the DOL to Protect Your Retirement Security Without Delay

Here’s your chance to help protect your retirement security, and that of millions of Americans. Tell the Department of Labor (DOL) that you want financial advisors to be required to give advice that’s in YOUR best interest. Nearly a year ago, the Department of Labor finalized the Fiduciary Rule establishing these common-sense protections for consumers. […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | No Comments »


Banking Interests Target the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The sharks are circling around the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB), the consumer watchdog that was created to defend consumers – and protect the economy – in the wake of the financial crash of the late 2000’s. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a flurry of bills that seek to disempower or even abolish […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 | No Comments »


Electric Vehicles Are Poised for Big Growth, if Automakers Step Up to Meet Demand

Consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is starting to pick up speed. EV sales hit a new record in 2016, up 37% from 2015 and sales in January were a whopping 70% higher than sales in Jan 2016. New models, lower costs, longer driving ranges and expanding charging infrastructure combine to make EVs more accessible […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | No Comments »


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