PennPIRG Latest Blog Posts

With many cancelling annual gatherings, this is the year to think of ways to have a more sustainable, zero waste holiday season. Here are some ideas:

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

President-elect Biden's platform includes a proposal to replace the private credit bureaus with a public credit registry. Here's why it's a worthy idea.

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

Testing is an important tool to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, but it's important to know when and how to get tested. 

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

U.S. PIRG visited the state health department websites for all 50 states to assess testing requirements and availability of testing sites. 

Eviction moratoriums, unemployment benefits, student loan repayment reprieves are ending, homeless shelters aren't a good option and there's no more relief in sight.

What the latest move by the European Parliament means and how multiple approaches to advancing repair strengthen each other

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Con-artists are preying on people's fear of infection or desperation for money

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

It’s unconscionable that some of our most vulnerable populations and their caregivers are being put in such danger during a global pandemic. But it doesn’t have to be this way — not if our country acts right now to ramp up production and distribution of PPE to where it’s needed most.

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Today, on the 55th anniversary of Ralph Nader's landmark "Unsafe at Any Speed," about the built-in dangers of 1960s cars, as exemplified by the General Motors Corvair, his colleagues led by Joan Claybrook have published a new report: "Safer Vehicles and Highways: 4.2 million U.S. Lives Spared Since 1966." The report makes recommendations to President-elect Joe Biden about how to revitalize and strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which Claybrook ran during the Jimmy Carter administration.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.