MoPIRG Latest Blog Posts

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

The CFPB has asked BigTech giants including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal, and Square to answer questions about their payment system practices. The CFPB has also asked consumers, small businesses and others for comments (including complaints), which are due on December 6. Learn more.

Graphic from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine's first crawl of the new CFPB's new website, February 8, 2011.

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.

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Emily Rogers
Zero Out Toxics, Advocate

The bipartisan infrastructure bill provides unprecedented funding to replace toxic lead pipes that are contaminating our drinking water.

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.

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