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How to spot an unfixable bike designed for the dump

“This experience has scared me off from calling an ambulance unless someone is bleeding out in front of me," said a Connecticut student about their ambulance billing experience.

How this federal legislation fights climate change by championing electric vehicles.

After 26 years of citizens footing the bill for polluters’ messes, the hazardous chemical industry will finally be held accountable for the cost of cleaning up toxic pollution the industry creates. 

Newly passed legislation spotlights the unsung heroes of renewable energy

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Exploding airbag that sends shrapnel into passengers? Pickup truck that catches fire for no reason? These are just a few of the safety recalls that could endanger you or your family if unrepaired. Under federal law, you can’t buy a new car with an unrepaired or “open” safety recall, but thanks to FTC consent orders with GM and some mega-car dealers, you can buy a used car with open safety recalls. So we sued the FTC in 2017. We're still in court. Learn more.

Photo credit: Shutterstock photo by Anastasiya Aleksandrenko. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act just passed by Congress provides $2.5 billion in funding specifically for zero-emission electric school buses.

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Emily Rogers
Zero Out Toxics, Advocate

Congress is providing more funding for infrastructure to help keep our waters clean

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a policy in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that puts us on track to install thousands of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. Here's why that matters.