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Highway Boondoggles

Highways & infrastructure

Highway Boondoggles

Year after year, state and local governments propose billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that often do little to reduce congestion or address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from infrastructure repairs and key transportation priorities.

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Lawn care goes electric

Clean air

Lawn care goes electric

Gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment – lawn mowers, string trimmers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, snow blowers and other machines – is noisy, polluting and putting our health at risk. Going electric could do a lot more than make our yards look better.

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Ringing in Our Fears 2023

Consumer alerts

Ringing in Our Fears 2023

More than 5,000 phone companies still haven't installed robocall defense equipment. Tens of millions of consumers lost money to scam calls last year, with a median loss of $1,400. We look at what's being done to fight robocalls and robotexts, and what's next.

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The Threat of “Forever Chemicals”

Clean water

The Threat of “Forever Chemicals”

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, more commonly known as PFAS, are dangerous for public health. Because these “forever chemicals” are nearly indestructible, PFAS build up in the bodies of humans over time and persist in the environment. PFAS can cause kidney cancer, thyroid disruption, reduced responses to vaccination, and other health problems.

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‘Chromebook Churn’ report highlights problems of short-lived laptops in schools

Right to repair

‘Chromebook Churn’ report highlights problems of short-lived laptops in schools

The pandemic pushed schools to provide every student with their own device, often turning to Chromebooks. A laptop for every student is likely here to stay, but now this new tech is failing. That’s because while we know milk goes bad, it turns out Chromebooks have expiration dates too.

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Out to Pasture
A green combine harvests golden wheat

Food & farming

Out to Pasture

Manufacturer-imposed repair restrictions make equipment breakdowns even more painful by forcing farmers to rely on their dealership for many fixes. Right to Repair reforms would save U.S. farmers $4.2 Billion per year by providing farmers with independent repair options.

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