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LATimes: Obama's consumer protection legacy defined by aggressive agency

[This weekend, the Los Angele Times chronicled President Obama's consumer protection record, with heavy emphasis on the history and fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):]

"[...] Launched in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the bureau is one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments. [...] “I think you have to consider him a tremendous president for consumers,” said Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group."

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A World Without Carbon Pollution – Closer Than You Might Think | John Olivieri

For many, a world without carbon pollution seems like a distant utopia. To some, this even seems unobtainable. The size and scope of the challenge before us can be daunting, yet, there is good news -- a world without carbon pollution is closer than you think.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

As CFPB Escalates Drive Toward Protections, Study Finds CFPB Enforcement Works | Ed Mierzwinski

This month the CFPB issued its proposed rule prohibiting class action bans in small-print mandatory arbitration clauses; in June it is expected to release its high-cost small dollar lending (payday and auto title loan) proposed rule. Meanwhile, as CFPB's industry opponents hide behind astroturf front groups and Congressional opponents use backdoor attacks, a law professor has released a major report finding that "from its inception [in 2011] through 2015 the agency had a 122-and-0 track record in its publicly announced enforcement actions" and that 93% (over $10.5 billion) of funds recovered for consumers have been for deceptive practices -- "[f]ar from a novel legal theory."

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Blog Post | Transportation

Why Is Our Infrastructure So Terrible? | Sean Doyle

America is facing a $1.4 trillion infrastructure funding crisis. This isn't some distant problem; it's already having a real effect on everyday Americans.

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Good Things Come to Those On Bikes | Sean Doyle

Pull the bike out of the closet, pump up those tires, and dust off the helmet because it's Bike to Work Week!

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News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Citizen groups file for independent energy saving program, NC SAVE$

Raleigh, NC.  Today, over one dozen consumer, senior, justice, and environmental groups descended upon the Utilities Commission to support a legal petition for an independently-run energy efficiency program.  The move comes during the second round of hearings on Duke Energy’s controversial energy efficiency proposal, Save-a-Watt, which began today. 

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Duke Energy pursuing compromise on Save-a-Watt

Duke Energy Carolinas is negotiating a compromise with some principal opponents of its proposed Save-A-Watt energy-efficiency program, seeking an agreement they would jointly recommend to state regulators.

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Duke Energy eyes expansion at Rockingham plant

Duke Energy Carolinas may expand its gas-fired plant in Rockingham County, increasing its capacity more than 80%.

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Only Dim Bulbs Like Save-a-Watt Plan

Energy efficiency technology is the cheapest, cleanest and quickest way to meet new energy demand. Duke’s energy efficiency proposal, however, is a lemon. It ties the price for energy efficiency to the cost of expensive coal and nuclear plants.

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Critics say Duke Energy's Save-A-Watt won't save a lot

Duke Energy Corp., while pushing ahead with plans for a new coal-burning power plant in Cliffside, west of Charlotte, and perhaps additional nuclear reactors to supply its electricity customers, insists it's committed to energy conservation as a "virtual" fuel source for the future. Several public interest advocacy groups, however, say it isn't.

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