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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 »


Cutting pollution by 2030, 2050, and beyond

California continues to build on the momentum they created with the passage of AB 32 as the state looks ahead to 2030 and beyond. On Wednesday, April 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating that 2030 emission levels will be 40% below 1990 emission levels. This aggressive benchmark establishes an important interim standard that […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Monday, May 11th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


ALERT! Wells Fargo Sued for Allegedly Opening Unauthorized Customer Accounts: 3 Things You Can Do

The Los Angeles City Attorney (Mike Feuer) on Tuesday filed a civil lawsuit against Wells Fargo alleging the bank opened up savings and checking accounts and issued credit cards in customers’ names, without authorization.  The lawsuit further alleges that Wells Fargo failed to inform customers of the alleged misuse of their personal information and did […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Friday, May 8th, 2015 | Comments Off on ALERT! Wells Fargo Sued for Allegedly Opening Unauthorized Customer Accounts: 3 Things You Can Do


Join Consumers Union & Nationwide Advocates to Discuss Surprise Medical Bills

#SurpriseMedBills Twitter Chat Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10am PT/12pm CT/1pm ET Whether it’s a shocking bill for an ER doctor, a last-minute switch to an out-of-network anesthesiologist, or a bill that just doesn’t add up, consumers need protection and the tools to contest unfair or inaccurate bills. Patients shouldn’t get caught in the middle […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 | Comments Off on Join Consumers Union & Nationwide Advocates to Discuss Surprise Medical Bills


How California’s climate change programs are investing in communities

In 2006, California passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, a sweeping piece of legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.  But why stop at becoming a global leader in addressing climate change when you can also invest in and directly improve the lives of people in disadvantaged […]

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Posted by Kristin Retter on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 | 1 Comment »


The heartbreaking consequences of the grandparent scam

Last week, the New York Times featured the story of a woman whose grandfather fell victim to the notorious “grandparent scam.” The piece illuminates some of the unexpected ways this scam can affect consumers: it not only robs them of their  money, but it can compromise their closest relationships. In the grandparent scam, the scammer […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Monday, April 13th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


Mega-Merger Gives Comcast Too Much Control Over Broadband

Should one giant corporation be allowed to control more than half of the high speed broadband in homes across the country? That’s a key question at the center of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.  And it’s a big reason why the merger has generated so much public opposition. If Comcast gets […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | 1 Comment »


McDonald’s, Costco commit to sourcing chicken raised without human antibiotics

One of the world’s largest and most iconic fast food chains has made a commitment on its chicken sourcing, announcing it will no longer allow the use of antibiotics important in human medicine in the production of chicken for its US restaurants. McDonald’s says it will complete this transition within two years, by 2017. On the CBS […]

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Posted by Meg Bohne on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | Comments Off on McDonald’s, Costco commit to sourcing chicken raised without human antibiotics


Help! I didn’t know there was a penalty for not having insurance

If you didn’t realize there was a penalty for not having insurance in 2014 until you did your taxes this year and want to avoid paying a penalty again next year, you can still sign up for health insurance in most states. You’ll have to pay any penalty you may owe for not having insurance […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Monday, March 9th, 2015 | Comments Off on Help! I didn’t know there was a penalty for not having insurance


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