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News Release | CALPIRG

California Still Needs to Address E-Commerce Plastic Packaging

Thursday, the California Senate Appropriations committee chose to hold Assembly Bill 2026 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), which would have required e-commerce shippers to reduce the amount of single-use plastic packaging  added to online orders.

News Release | CALPIRG | Transportation

Legislators, advocates ‘Ride and Drive’ electric school bus around the Capitol

On Wednesday, legislators, environmental groups, business leaders and public health advocates celebrated electric school buses by riding one around the Capitol. At the event, CALPIRG, Lion Electric, Twin Rivers Unified School district, and others made the case for California’s state Legislature to pass Assembly Bill 2731, sponsored by Assemblymember Phil Ting. If passed, the bill would mandate that all school buses purchased after 2035 be all electric.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: Senate vote heralds cleaner future, safer climate

WASHINGTON – Midway through a summer full of brutally hot weather, flash floods and worsening drought, the U.S. Senate passed the largest-ever package of climate and clean energy investments. The Inflation Reduction Act includes roughly $369 billion in climate spending, designed to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 and put the United States’ Paris Climate Accord goals within reach. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday, August 12.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Health Care

STATEMENT: Senate votes for groundbreaking provisions to save billions in prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON – The Inflation Reduction Act just passed by the U.S. Senate provides powerful tools for the government to address high drug prices. Federal legislators identified ways to address drug costs that will save close to $240 billion over 10 years and also relieve the burden of the high cost of medications for many Americans. Next, the U.S. House of Representatives must pass the bill for it to become law.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

CALPIRG’s national affiliates file groundbreaking greenwashing lawsuit against methane gas utility company

 

U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center – which are national affiliates of CALPIRG — and ClientEarth filed a lawsuit against Washington Gas in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday over misleading customers on the environmental impacts of natural gas, which is mostly made up of methane. The groups have found examples of both PG&E and SoCal Gas similarly greenwashing the environmental impacts of methane gas in customer-facing communications. 

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