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CFPB Criticizes Banks Re Account Opening and Overdrafts, Offers Consumer Tips | Ed Mierzwinski

Today, the CFPB is holding a field hearing in Louisville on problems consumers face when opening bank accounts. It finds that big banks frequently offer consumers expensive accounts where they risk overdraft fees instead of affordable accounts. Further, the CFPB finds that the practices of specialty "bad check" credit bureaus make it harder to open accounts. The CFPB issued warnings to both the banks and credit bureaus while providing consumers with new tips and advice.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

Debating trade and consumer protection in Brussels today | Ed Mierzwinski

I am in Brussels today debating consumer protection and the proposed US-European trade treaty known as the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP. Today's public event, and a second public meeting tomorrow (Wednesday with live webstream 9am-noon DC time) comparing the CFPB to its European counterparts, are sponsored by the PIRG-backed TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue.

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Media Hit | Transportation

12 of America's Biggest Highway Boondoggles

Given that expanding highways at great public cost doesn’t improve rush-hour traffic, there are better ways to spend this money, argue report authors Jeff Inglis of Frontier Group and John C. Olivieri of U.S. PIRG. They identify a dozen road projects, costing $24 billion in all, that are “representative” of the problem.

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Blog Post | Public Health, Food

The foundation is crumbling | Bill Wenzel

What was missing from President Obama's visionary plan for medical progress? 

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Report | NCPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

HIGHWAY BOONDOGGLES II

America is currently in a transportation infrastructure-funding crisis. While our roads, bridges, and transit systems fall into disrepair, demand for public transportation, as well as safe bicycle and pedestrian routes, has increased. America’s long-term transportation behavior is changing, especially among Millennials, America’s largest generation. Nevertheless, states continue to spend billions each year on new and wider highways.

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Opponents: Duke Energy's 'Save-a-Watt' program no bright idea

The head of Duke Energy says changing how it encourages customers to use less power will help appropriately compensate the company.

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NC Regulators consider Duke Energy program

Charging Duke Energy Corp. customers in North Carolina a little more will help the company with its energy conservation efforts, the utility's top executive in the state told regulators Monday.

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Protesters urge regulators to block Duke Energy plan

A public protest kicked off a week of hearings today on Duke Energy's controversial energy efficiency proposal called Save-a-Watt.

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News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Broad coalition calls on Duke to pull the plug on costly “Save-a-Watt”

Raleigh, NC.  Consumer, labor, and environmental groups rallied on the steps of the Utilities Commission today, calling on Duke Energy to withdraw its controversial “Save-a-Watt” proposal. It is the first energy efficiency proposal to be heard by the Utilities Commission since the passage of the major energy bill last year.  The groups argue that the program costs too much and does too little.  They urged Duke to support independently-run energy efficiency programs. 

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CPSC Data Show Safety Recalls Increased 22% Over Last Year

The number of recalls of toys and children’s products is up 22% over the first half of last year, despite industry promises last year to solve the problems that made 2007 the “year of the recall,” according to an analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data by the nation’s leading consumer groups. The groups urged Congress to complete a “strong CPSC Reform Act” before the August recess.

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