Economists from leading universities have signed an open letter to decision-makers urging them to scale back reopening in states that fail to meet public health benchmarks, saying the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus will continue as long as the virus goes uncontained.
Facing surges in COVID-19 cases, Gov. David Ige (Hawaii) and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Calif.) have scaled back their states' reopening plans. Gov. Ige has approved a stay-at-home order for the island of Oahu, and Gov. Newsom has announced a tiered re-opening plan that places more rigorous restrictions on counties with "widespread" transmission.
In the midst of a pandemic, online advertising could be a business's greatest hope of reaching customers, but electronics repair shops aren't able to advertise on the world's largest search engine: Google. U.S. PIRG's Nathan Proctor delivered nearly 7,000 signatures urging the company to rescind its moratorium on independent repair shop ads.
For many students, a return to school this fall means a return to online learning, but with schools across the country facing computer shortages, students are at risk of being left out. Repairing and refurbishing existing computers could help pare down the shortage — but repairs can be made unnecessarily difficult, or even impossible, by manufacturer restrictions.
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The U.S. House passed a major piece of legislation on Thursday that marks meaningful progress on clean energy and climate. The “Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act” reduces greenhouse gas emissions and accelerates vehicle electrification. It also modernizes and bolsters funding authorizations for clean energy research and development programs – including solar energy, wind energy, energy storage and other Department of Energy (DOE) programs.
The New Jersey Assembly passed the strongest plastics ban in the nation on Thursday, prohibiting single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam containers, and making people request straws if they want them.
Maine's COVID-19 response sets an example for other states.
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.
Governors of two of the nation’s 10 most populous states took strong actions Wednesday to thwart climate change.
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.