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Ringing in our Fears

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Ringing in our Fears

According to a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, one year after a new law, robocalls are down and phone company compliance is up. However, robotexts are skyrocketing.

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Methane Gas Leaks

Fossil fuel pollution

Methane Gas Leaks

A new Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group report documents that gas pipeline incidents across the U.S. were serious enough to require reporting to the federal government at the equivalent of one every 40 hours from 2010 through nearly the end of 2021. Of the nearly 2,600 incidents reported between 2010 and 2021, 850 resulted in fires and 328 in an explosion. Those incidents killed 122 people and injured more than 600. The total costs to communities from items such as property damage, emergency services, and the value of intentionally and unintentionally released gas, totaled nearly $4 billion.

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Methane Gas Leaks

Fossil fuel pollution

Methane Gas Leaks

Methane gas (often known as natural gas) has heated the homes of many Americans for over a century — and for over a century, it has been prone to leaks, putting communities and the environment in danger.

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New report: Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?

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New report: Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?

In a new report, Food for thought: Are your groceries safe?, Arizona PIRG Education Fund surveyed 50 of the largest grocery and convenience store chains nationwide on their notification practices and talked to experts about what needs to change to improve both communication and public safety.

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The hidden costs of “Buy Now, Pay Later”

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The hidden costs of “Buy Now, Pay Later”

Years ago, before credit cards were widespread, department stores offered layaway plans on some items. You paid in advance over a weekly or bi-weekly schedule and the store guaranteed that the item would be in stock after you’d paid the total cost (including some fees for the service). Variants included Christmas clubs and other “holiday club” plans.

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Failing the Fix

New economy

Failing the Fix

The Right to Repair coalition, which includes PIRG, iFixit and Repair.org, has been calling for better access to parts, tools, and information needed to repair modern devices. Consumers who seek to purchase easily repairable products – especially from companies who do not fight to prevent Right to Repair – can use the grades in the report as a starting point for making those evaluations.

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Deere in the Headlights II

Right to repair

Deere in the Headlights II

According to a new Arizona PIRG Education Fund report, software repair locks tie farmers to dealers, putting equipment uptime—and sometimes crops—at risk. Farmers and ranchers rely on equipment such as tractors and combine harvesters to produce America’s food supply. Over the years, that equipment has gotten bigger, more expensive and more digital. The software integrated in modern tractors, ostensibly created to make farm operations more efficient, is being used by manufacturers to lock farmers out of fixing their own equipment. 

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Deere in the Headlights II

Right to repair

Deere in the Headlights II

When it comes to fixing farm equipment, farmers have to turn to the dealership for many repairs because dealership technicians can access software tools that farmers can’t. That can lead to high costs and long repair delays that can put farmers’ crops and livelihoods at risk. Dealership consolidation — particularly by John Deere — magnifies these problems by further eroding repair choices for farmers. We researched just how big the consolidation problem is and how Right to Repair could immediately and dramatically expand repair choices for farmers.

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