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The Clean Power Plan is here: What it means for consumers

After years in the making, the Clean Power Plan came out today.   It aims to reduce carbon pollution generated by power plants in order to improve public health and promote greater energy efficiency.  This plan could change the future of our electricity in the U.S. for the better, if it prevails against expected legal and […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 | 2 Comments »


With Covered California’s Great Reveal, It’s Time to Do Our Research

Monday July 27th, was a big day for Californians who buy their own health insurance: it was the day Covered California, our health insurance Exchange, revealed the 2016 premium changes they negotiated with carriers. For many who saw the headlines, there was a collective sigh of relief. Hundreds of thousands of Californians are seeing the […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »


GMO Labeling: What are they afraid of?

The House of Representatives, as expected, voted last week to block states and the FDA from labeling genetically engineered food, as well as to allow food labeled “natural” to continue to contain GMOs. While a setback for GMO labeling efforts, the vote wasn’t the slam dunk the bill’s industry sponsors wanted (see how your member […]

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Posted by Jean Halloran on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 | 46 Comments »


Watch Out for Payday Providers’ Prepaid Cards

Gotcha fees and harmful practices make payday prepaid cards a bad deal for consumers                                         Prepaid cards provided by payday lenders for their customers to receive the proceeds of a payday loan are dangerous traps for […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 | No Comments »


Monsanto, RoundUp and Junk Science

Op-ed written by CU Expert Michael Hansen. Reposted from Huffington Post The Blog.   Last weekend demonstrators joined a March Against Monsanto in some 428 cities in 38 countries, including more than 240 cities in the U.S. alone. What exactly has so many people riled up? Monsanto, of course, is an agrichemical and biotech giant, […]

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Posted by Caitlin Watkins on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 | 39 Comments »


Use It or Lose It: Gift cards and Bankruptcy

                  When Radio Shack shuttered its last store $43 million in gift card funds were unused. That’s a lot of cheddar. Anyone who had a Radio Shack gift card and is looking for a piece will have to file a claim in bankruptcy court.** Unfortunately, this kind […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 | 2 Comments »


For-Profit Schools: More Debt for an Uncertain Future

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 | No Comments »


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 »


CFPB Raises Red Flags on Mortgage Lending and Servicing, Credit Reporting

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is working to make sure that financial services providers – like debt collectors and mortgage lenders – follow the law. They keep a close watch to keep you from getting treated unfairly. This week, the CFPB released a report on their supervision work in several areas, including mortgage lending, mortgage servicing, debt […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 | No 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 | 20 Comments »


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