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CONSUMER ALERT

Several fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC-accredited laboratory. The fidget spinners were analyzed in accordance with CPSC-CH-E1001-8.3 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS). The toys that tested for high levels of lead were then re-tested a second time to confirm the results. The results of the second test are included in this report.

Resource | Safe Energy

Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential

In 2010 the U.S. used just under 100 Quads of total energy resources to power our economy. Using the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook we project that our total energy needs might rise to about 122 quads of energy by the year 2050. In this report we explore a set of energy efficiency scenarios that emphasizes a more productive investment pattern, one that can enable the U.S. economy to substantially lower overall energy expenditures—should we choose to invest in and develop that larger opportunity.

U.S. PIRG Senate Floor Letter Opposing Bank Deregulation Bill S2155

This week, the Senate will consider S2155 on the floor. The bi-partisan bill led by Mike Crapo (ID) and Mark Warner (VA) rolls back big bank safety and soundness rules and exempts 85% of all banks from compliance with laws protecting consumers from mortgage fraud, racial discrimination and other consumer protections. In an effort to supposedly balance the bill's deregulatory bent, it includes a weak free credit freeze provision that preempts stronger state law efforts. 

Resource | Tax

Corporate Taypayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers

This study takes a hard look at the federal income taxes paid or not paid by 280 of America’s largest and most profitable corporations in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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Group Letter To Congress On Credit Scoring

Letter from U.S. PIRG and other groups making it clear that their general letter on credit scoring competition, sent to Federal Housing Finance Agency director Mel Watt in 2014, did not mean that they supported inclusion of Section 310, a credit scoring amendment backed by the Big 3 credit bureaus, into S2155, the sweeping bank deregulation package in 2018, nor that it meant they supported the bill itself, which they all oppose.

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