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Our team of researchers uncovers the facts; our staff bring our findings to the public, through the media as well as one-on-one interactions; and our advocates bring the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.
An Independent Voice For Consumers
U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.
The problems we face don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, or if you live in a red or blue state — they affect each and every one of us. That’s why, for decades, we’ve taken a non-partisan, fact-driven, results-oriented approach to our work. And with your help, we can take on the difficult challenges ahead.
The U.S. House passed the “Moving Forward Act” Wednesday, a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure package that will rebuild and modernize American in several key areas. The House’s long-term transportation spending plan, the INVEST Act, was included as part of the package. This legislation reorients highway funding to prioritize maintenance and safety, as well as increases investment in electric vehicles, public transportation, biking and walking.
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The the rideshare company Lyft recently announced a committment to transition to 100 percent electric vehicles.
Led by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Democrats on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a comprehensive report Tuesday detailing policies and programs to tackle climate change at the federal level. The report is based on twelve pillars of action with the overall goal of achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 2050.
In advance of the U.S. House debating an infrastructure bill this week, The Public Interest Network (which includes U.S. PIRG, Environment America, and state groups) is sharing information to help contextualize the various aspects of infrastructure spending included in the package, and how each will impact public health, the environment and climate.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
Federal lawmakers have put forward the INVEST in America Act — a nearly $500 billion transportation spending bill which prioritizes repairing existing infrastructure over new highway projects, and contains key provisions for more sustainable investments.
Several manufacturers have shared access to service information for their lifesaving ventilators. More than 43,000 people and five state treasurers joined PIRG’s call for manufacturers to loosen restrictions on the service information biomedical technicians need to fix these devices.
In a letter, U.S. PIRG, the Break Free From Plastic movement and a coalition of NGOs called on Congress to reject a plastics industry proposal to invest up to $1 billion in industry infrastructure and expressed strong support for federal legislation to slash plastic waste.
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