U.S. PIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

What to do before you go to vote, what to take with you and how to stay safe while you’re at your polling place 

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Gideon Weissman
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

By responding to this urgent need for change, we can make consumers better off not just for the pandemic, but also in the years to come.

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Olivia Sullivan
Zero Waste Campaign, Associate

Plastic “recycling” makes us more dependent on the material in surprising ways, and that makes our pollution problem much worse

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Anne Marie Green
Right to Repair Campaign, Associate

The tale of Peter Mui’s broken infrared toaster oven, and how repair can help fix our broken relationship with stuff. 

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Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Public Health Campaigns Director Matt Wellington and Dr. Syra Madad detail how people can safely gather this holiday season in the era of COVID-19.

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Gina Werdel
Make It Toxic Free, Associate

California just passed a bill that will ban 24 toxic ingredients in cosmetics, and those are just the tip of the iceberg. Make It Toxic-Free Campaign Associate Gina Werdel investigates the ingredients in her own products.

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Aaron Colonnese
Creative Associate

On July 22, with COVID-19 cases surging across the country, more than 150 top health care professionals joined U.S. PIRG in sending a letter to the Trump administration, to Congress, and to state governors, telling them it was time to shut back down, start over on coronavirus containment, and do it right this time. Fast-forward to October, with many states seeing a new uptick in cases and deaths — we clearly still have a long way to go in effectively suppressing COVID-19. But PIRG and our health professional partners (now nearly 1,400 strong) have made some good progress in the past few months toward winning better, more health-centered policies as we move into the fall and winter.

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Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

The CDC implemented the eviction freeze on Sept. 4 to reduce the number of people on the streets who could get infected with and spread the COVID-19 virus. Landlords and other groups filed lawsuits attempting to strike down the halt on evictions, so the future of the policy remains uncertain.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

The FDA doesn’t have the authority to stop retailers from selling dangerous over-the-counter products such as toxic hand sanitizer. Our safety system is broken, and we need to fix it. 

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

New federal policy gives greenlight to nursing homes to allow safe outdoor visits