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News Release | US PIRG

The hidden costs of ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

 

U.S. PIRG reviewed data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and found that the most common complaints about “Buy Now, Pay Later” plans include hidden fees, high interest rates and problems when it comes time for debt collection.

News Release | Illinois PIRG Education Fund

‘Failing the Fix’ scorecard grades Apple, Google, Dell, others on how fixable their devices are

Consumers often don’t know which products will last and they’ll be able to fix, or which manufacturers make fixable devices and support Right to Repair. A new scorecard by Illinois PIRG Education Fund, “Failing the Fix,” ranks the most popular cell phone and laptop makers for consumers who seek to purchase easily repairable products – especially those from companies who do not fight to prevent Right to Repair.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: Federal electric truck, bus investments help to slash air pollution, reduce climate emissions

Vice President Kamala Harris announced on Monday several initiatives to reduce diesel pollution from buses and trucks. Federal funding will now be available for electric transit buses and school buses, cleaner port vehicles and more. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to reduce pollution from heavy-duty trucks that will accelerate the deployment of zero-emission technology.

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: United Nations agree to framework for historic treaty to reduce global plastic pollution

As the country that generates the most plastic waste in the world, the United States has joined other United Nations members in a groundbreaking international agreement to address the global plastic waste crisis. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Statement: President Biden renews pushes on climate change, environment

In President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address, he urged Congress to adopt a suite of clean energy tax credits and other environmental programs, saying his plan will “cut energy costs for families an average of $500 a year by combating climate change.”

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