CarMax is selling unsafe, recalled auto parts in some of their used vehicles in Connecticut, a new report by ConnPIRG and Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety Foundation (CARS) found this week. ConnPIRG joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal and CARS Foundation on Aug. 25 to release "CarMax: Endangering Lives in Connecticut," which documents the extent of the problem posed to consumers and calls for action at the state and federal level to protect the lives of drivers.
Our NetworkThe Public Interest Network includes the state Public Interest Research Groups, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states, Environment America, Impact, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, National Environmental Law Center, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, Accelerate Change.
Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing.
Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success — one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.
Over the years, our network has also recruited and trained thousands of people. Many have moved up to become leaders of our own network. Others have moved on to replenish and renew the ranks of the rest of the public interest community. In either case, these activists, organizers, advocates and leaders — what some have called our “activist pipeline” – and the work ethic, strategic approach and commitment to change they embody, are ultimately our most enduring and influential legacy.
More than 70 Impact organizers, PIRG fellows and state organizers participated in a three-day blitz to build support for the Clean Power Plan.
Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan -- its proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030. Despite broad public support, polluters and their allies in Congress have been working to block the rule, and Congress can pass bills that stop the EPA from acting.
It is possible that we will see an attack on the Clean Power Plan that will pass both houses and that we will need President Obama to veto. Congress can override a veto with 2/3 majority in both the House and the Senate, which means we can uphold a veto by mustering 34 Senate votes or 146 House votes.
Colorado and Pennsylvania are ground zero in the battle between clean renewable energy and fossil fuels and Sens. Bennet (CO) and Casey (PA) are critical votes on this issue. Senator Bennet has been with us, so we wanted to thank him, and show him all the support in Colorado so that he continues to be a leader. Senator Casey is a swing who is leaning the right way, but who we need to focus on tipping over.
In Colorado, 49 organizers and 9 trainers collected 507 business sign-ons with 173 secondary actions including posting signs in their window, making an activist call or doing a photo petition, 1,054 handwritten letters, 8 visibility events and 7 media hits, 703 photo petitions, 1,145 activist calls (we filled up his voicemail box in Denver and Grand Junction), and four district meetings.
In Pennsylvania, 11 organizers and two trainers collected 157 business sign-ons, 473 handwritten letters, and 236 petitions.
Last Tuesday, the Obama administration proposed first-ever limits on methane from oil and gas -- the greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide.
But of course no amount of methane control can make natural gas a good way to fight global warming. As Environment America's Anna Aurilio said in our news statement: "The best way to limit methane pollution is to limit drilling and fracking."