Hurricanes (Hurricane Florence pictured here) often precipitate massive air pollution events because they force chemical plants to shut down and release toxic chemicals into the air. This was the case in Texas ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall as refineries and chemical plants announced plans to release over 4 million pounds of air pollution.
U.S. PIRG Zero Waste Campaign Director Alex Truelove (pictured here on Earth Day 2019) led a day of action in support of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. Hundreds of coalition partners, members and supporters called and emailed their U.S. representatives, urging them to support this sweeping bill to reduce plastic waste.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
TexPIRG and several top health experts in Texas have delivered a letter to Gov. Abbot emphasizing that thousands of lives could be saved if Texas implemented more stay-at-home restrictions while also increasing testing capacity and production of personal protective equipment.
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We've joined the National Consumer Law Center in a news release describing a letter from 21 consumer and faith groups urging her to revoke permission to the credit reporting industry to violate consumer protections.
More than a dozen environmental groups gathered online today to show their support for Project Connect, and the associated ballot measure, Proposition A.
The Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG), which organized the event, released research detailing the climate benefits of the proposed public transit investment. The two new urban light rail lines, the improvements to express bus lines, new park and rides, and a downtown tunnel, would all lead to a carbon reduction equivalent to planting more than 50,000 acres of forest, roughly a fourth of the city.
“For the first time in Austin, climate change is officially on the ballot,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Director. “Voters have the opportunity to invest in a generational shift in how we get around town, giving us far more clean, green mobility options. Along with the other environmental leaders here today, TexPIRG is proud to endorse Proposition A.”
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This FTC settlement must be a wake-up call to phone service providers so they do more to protect consumers. If not, the FTC must be vigilant in going after companies that enable the immoral practice of preying on consumers. And the FCC should require providers to block spoofed calls that we all know are scams.
Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus exceeded 200,000 on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a total of more than $140 million in fraud losses. This release summarizes actions by 15 federal agencies to stop fraud related to Covid-19 and offers consumer tips to report fraud and protect themselves against scams.
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.