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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 »


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 »


Bitcoin Curious? The FTC Has Some Advice for You

People who have made purchases with the virtual currency bitcoin have run into trouble one of two ways, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Online merchants who don’t deliver the product on time or at all; and Merchants who give refunds in store credit, rather than currency. And that’s not the only thing to […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, June 24th, 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 | 52 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 »


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