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New Study Shows Traffic Data Fails to Support Spending on I-26 Connector

A new national report calls the I-26 Connector project one of 11 examples of wasteful highway spending, based on its outdated assumptions of ever-increasing driving and lack of receptivity to community concerns. The study, which details ten other highway “boondoggles” across the country, points to data showing that a doubling of lanes is not necessary and that traffic on the route has not been clearly increasing. The study calls for the state to consider reprioritizing scarce transportation dollars to other projects.

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Report | NCPIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Highway Boondoggles

Even though the Driving Boom is now over, state and federal governments continue to pour vast sums of money into the construction of new highways and expansion of old ones – at the expense of urgent needs such as road and bridge repairs, improvements in public transportation and other transportation priorities. Eleven proposed highway projects across the country – slated to cost at least $13 billion – exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending.

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Report | NCPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

Weak Medicine

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect more than 2 million people per year in the United States, causing more than 23,000 deaths. State governments, the FDA and other branches of the federal government should take steps to protect human health from the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can develop on factory farms.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

The CFPB at Three: A Child Prodigy | Ed Mierzwinski

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turned just three years old Monday, July 21st, but when you look at its massive and compelling body of work, you must wonder: Are watchdog years like plain old dog years? Is the CFPB now a full-sized, 21-year-old adult? The answer is no, not yet. The CFPB is still growing and developing and adding programs and projects. The CFPB is, however, at three years old, certainly a child prodigy. Despite overwhelming public support, however, powerful special interests continue to attack it. Yet, the idea of the CFPB needs no defense, only more defenders.

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Opposition to Duke Energy plan heated

Duke Energy's plan to save its customers energy and money is facing some heated opposition this week as the company makes its case for government approval.

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Sparks fly at utility's save-a-watt proposal

Calculations about Duke Power's Save-a-Watt program are complex and some of the evidence offered in the case is sealed from public view. But in simplest terms, Duke would recoup the cost of programs that help consumers save energy by recouping 90 percent of what it would cost to build a power plant to meet the energy needs offset by the conservation effort.

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Protesters say utility will gouge customers

Duke Energy on Monday began defending save-a-watt against charges that it would gouge Duke Energy customers and benefit the company's shareholders. Duke Energy touts save-a-watt as a national model for energy efficiency that would provide power companies a generous financial incentive to promote energy conservation.

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As critics scowl, Duke praises Save-a-Watt

Duke Energy on Monday began defending Save-a-Watt against charges that it would gouge Duke Energy customers and benefit the company's shareholders. Duke Energy touts Save-a-Watt as a national model for energy efficiency that would provide power companies a generous financial incentive to promote energy conservation.

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Protesters urge regulators to block Duke Energy plan

A public protest kicked off a week of hearings today on Duke Energy's controversial energy efficiency proposal called Save-a-Watt.

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