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Medical Debt Malpractice: Consumer Complaints About Medical Debt Collectors, and How the CFPB Can Help

Medical debt collectors often employ aggressive tactics and attempt to collect debt from the wrong customers – putting consumers' credit records at risk. Medical debt accounts for more than half of all collection items that appear on consumer credit reports. A review of 17,701 medical debt collection complaints submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows that problems with medical debt collection are widespread and harm Americans across the country.

(April 2017)
Our Health At Risk: Why Are Millions of Americans Still Breathing Unhealthy Air?

Despite decades of progress under the Clean Air Act, Americans across the country continue to breathe unhealthy air, leading to increased risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

(April 2017)
Shining Cities 2017: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America

Solar energy is booming in America and cities are leading the way. This development is happening the fastest, not necessarily in cities with the most sunlight, but in those with the strongest local and state policies to support this growth. Shining Cities 2017 is the fourth edition in our series ranking America’s largest cities by total and per capita installed solar PV capacity.

(April 2017)
Doubling Down on Climate Progress: The Benefits of a Stronger Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first multi-state climate policy to cut dangerous carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and generate revenue to fund clean energy programs. Doubling Down on Climate Progress finds that, as good as the program is, we can make it better. Doubling the strength of RGGI would result in big benefits: fewer emissions, improved air quality and more funding for renewable energy projects. 

(March 2017)
Fracking Failures 2017: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania

Even when drillers follow all the rules, fracking is a dirty and dangerous activity. Yet drilling companies also regularly violate laws and regulations meant to protect the environment and the public, magnifying the risk to our health and environment. In Pennsylvania, fracking companies violate environmental or public health laws on virtually a daily basis. In the last eight years, fracking companies together committed a combined total of 4,351 violations, or an average of 1.4 violations per day. Despite the number of violations resulting from fracking operations across Pennsylvania—and the ensuing pollution, workplace accidents and threats to public health—enforcement has lagged far behind the level necessary to deter companies from breaking the rules.

(March 2017)

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