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Camp-Baucus Fast-Track Bill Bypasses Congressional Authority on Trade Agreements
1/31/2014

Center for Effective Government:  Camp-Baucus Fast-Track Bill Bypasses Congressional  Authority on Trade Agreements by Katie Weatherford - According to Lori Wallach of Public Citizen, support for fast-track authority has been declining since the mid-to-late 1990s, with Congress only granting fast-track authority in five of the last eighteen years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was passed and the World Trade Organization (WTO) was created.

Watchdogs sue FEC over Rove’s Crossroad PAC
1/31/2014

The Washington Times: Watchdogs sue FEC over Rove’s Crossroads PAC by Kellan Howell - The suit grows out of a 2010 FEC complaint filed by Public Citizen against Crossroads for what critics said was a failure to register as a political committee and disclose its donors, despite spending massive amounts on political advertising in the 2010 election cycle.

The Politely Evil Empire
1/29/2014

Miami New Times: The Politely Evil Empire by Pete Kotz - “[The U.S Chamber is] kind of the poster child for how big business and the superrich are able to control the agenda in Washington," says Jake Parent, who runs the U.S. Chamber Watch website at Public Citizen, a D.C. consumer group with 250,000 members.

Obama Seeks Trade Deals in Backing U.S. Companies’ Goals
1/29/2014

Bloomberg: Obama Seeks Trade Deals in Backing U.S. Companies’ Goals by Richard Rubin & Brian Wingfield - “Corporate interests were fiercely lobbying for President Obama to dedicate serious time in this speech to pushing fast-track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch program at Public Citizen and a fast-track opponent, said in a statement. “Instead, he made only a passing reference that largely repeated his past statements.”

Energy state of Obama’s union: Drill? Frack? Cut carbon? “All the above”
1/29/2014

Grist: Energy state of Obama’s union: Drill? Frack? Cut carbon? “All the above” by Ben Adler - Overall, Obama’s speech was reminiscent of President Clinton’s famously minimalist, centrist second term proposals, like school uniforms. “Everything on this list was proposed in previous [State of the Union] speeches by Obama,” said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, in an email. “Are they good? Except for the Energy Security Trust, which is clean energy funded by a fee on oil and gas development, sure. Are they game changers? Absolutely not.”

Has NAFTA Benefited Americans?
1/29/2014

The Huffington Post: Has NAFTA Benefited Americans? By Michele Nash-Hoff - According to the report "NAFTA at 20" released this month by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, "More than 845,000 specific U.S. workers have been certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) as having lost their jobs due to imports from Canada and Mexico or the relocation of factories to those countries."

State of the Union: Right on Wages, Wrong on Trade
1/29/2014

The Nation: State of the Union: Right on Wages, Wrong on Trade by John Nichols - Noting that even supporters of past free-trade pacts now acknowledge the role they have played in widening the gap between rich and poor, Public Citizen Global Trade Watch director Lori Wallach reminds us that “economists of all stripes [now] agree that US trade policy has been one of the major contributors to growing US income inequality.”

Congressman Introduces Bill to End Tax Write-off for Lavish Executive Bonuses
1/29/2014

·         Accounting Today: Congressman Introduces Bill to End Tax Write-off for Lavish Executive Bonuses by Michael Cohn - The bill (Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act) has been endorsed by Public Citizen, Americans for Financial Reform, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, and the Institute for Policy Studies and the Global Economy Project.

New Concern About Testosterone and Heart Risks
1/29/2014

·         NY Times: New Concern About Testosterone and Heart Risks by Anahad O’Connor - The drugs carry no mention of an increased risk on their labels or in their advertising materials, said Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, a senior adviser to the Washington advocacy group Public Citizen. “Given that there have been several studies now, I don’t see how the Food and Drug Administration can justify having no warnings of heart attacks at all,” he said.

Stop encouraging bankers to take foolish risks
1/29/2014

·         The Hill: Stop encouraging bankers to take foolish risks Op-ed by Public Citizen's Lisa Gilbert & Bart Naylor

Reid shunts TPA onto slow track
1/29/2014

·         The Hill: Reid shunts TPA onto slow track by Alexander Bolton and Vicki Needham - But Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said Reid’s rejection of the bill reflects congressional “distaste” for trade strategies of old and a desire to create a new mechanism that ensures intimate congressional involvement.

K Street wants less bashing of lobbyists
1/28/2014

The Hill: K Street wants less bashing of lobbyists by Kevin Bogardus - “This nation needs to hear the president commit to greater transparency of money in politics and work toward a campaign finance system based on equality, participation and accountability. That’s what I would like to hear the president talk about — if even in just a few sentences — in the State of the Union address,” said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen.

Will McCutcheon Replay Citizens United? Rules of the Game
1/28/2014

Beltway Insiders: Will McCutcheon Replay Citizens United? Rules of the Game by Eliza Newlin Carney - The center is one of several watchdog groups bracing for a McCutcheon ruling that may well deal another blow to campaign finance restrictions. Public Citizen has also released a two-part “prebuttal” to the pending McCutcheon ruling titled: “Beware of a Naïve Perspective.”

Tom Elias: Openness a must for Pacific trade pact
1/27/2014

Redding.com: Tom Elias: Openness a must for Pacific trade pact - That’s a loss of sovereignty, one that would be widened under suspected provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The text of the agreement has not yet been released, but consumer advocate Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group claims it would off offshore “millions of jobs,” roll back banking reforms, expose Americans to unsafe food and other products, threaten Internet freedom, and attack environmental safeguards.

One of the Financial Industry's Harshest Critics Joins Board of Spain's Biggest Bank
1/27/2014

Buzzfeed Business:  One Of The Financial Industry’s Harshest Critics Joins Board Of Spain’s Biggest Bank by Matthew Zeitlin - Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen, a group that advocates for stricter rules on Wall Street, said he was reassured by Barr’s role as an independent director on Santander’s board: “She’s not the employee of management, she’s the overseer of management; the revolving door is if she became a paid lobbyist, a paid ambassador in seeking permissions and exemptions, and that’s not my understanding of the role.”

Obama’s State of the Union Dilemma: Pushing Fast Track for TPP Would Increase Income Inequality
1/27/2014

Huffington Post: Obama’s State of the Union Dilemma: Pushing Fast Track for TPP Would Increase Income Inequality by Lori WallachLori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, comments on Obama’s State of the Union speech in an article she wrote for The Huffington Post’s blog: “Obama is also expected to highlight several major trade initiatives, including his priority Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, a massive pact with 11 Asian and Latin American nations that Obama hopes to sign quickly. The business lobby is at full tilt pushing Obama to use the SOTU to call on Congress to pass Fast Track trade authority for the TPP. The thing is that economists of all stripes agree that U.S. trade policy has been one of the major contributors to growing U.S. income inequality.”

TransCanada Pipeline Explodes, 4,000 Canadian Residents Lose Natural Gas in Sub-Zero Temperatures
1/27/2014

Before It’s News: TransCanada Pipeline Explodes, 4,000 Canadian Residents Lose Natural Gas in Sub-Zero Temperatures by Kiley KrohAs of November, TransCanada had already fixed 125 sags and dents in the southern leg of the pipeline, according to a report by non-profit consumer rights group Public Citizen.

How Lawmakers skirt the Law to Keep Their Next Jobs Secret
1/27/2014

NJ Daily: How Lawmakers skirt the Law to Keep Their Next Jobs Secret by Billy House - Craig Holman, a legislative representative for the government watchdog group Public Citizen, said the intent of the ethics law to prevent conflicts of interest was to "let the public know.”

TPP trade pact will be ruinous to American workers
1/27/2014

NJ.com: Letter: TPP trade pact will be ruinous to American workers by Roy Lehman - The 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has turned out to be a disaster for the American worker. The Public Citizen Foundation’s Global Trade Watch states that since NAFTA was approved, one million jobs have been lost, our trade deficit with Mexico and Canada stands at $181 billion, and that immigration from Mexico has doubled.

Speak up about bad service but mind repercussions
1/26/2014

PilotOnline.com: Speak up about bad service but mind repercussions - “In most jurisdictions, you’re well protected,” said Paul Alan Levy, an attorney for consumer group Public Citizen who is representing Yelp in the case. “Currently, the Virginia consumer is more at risk.” Levy said Yelp wants to take the case to the Virginia Supreme Court to try to overturn the appellate court’s decision.

FDA Warns of Heart Risks With Diet Drug
1/26/2014

MedicineNet.com: FDA Warns of Heart Risks With Diet Drug - The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen asked the FDA to take Meridia off the market late last year, contending there had been a total of 84 deaths associated with the drug reported to FDA as of last June, the Associated Press reported.

Online commenters' lawyers say complaints by Medina company were frivolous
1/23/2014

·         Cleveland.com: Online commenters' lawyers say complaints by Medina company were frivolous by Alison Grant - The amount of money the lawyers seek is not huge – about $18,000, according to an attorney from the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which got involved in the case. But the dispute pivots on a growing issue across the Internet and e-commerce sites like eBay: The ability of customers to provide feedback, and how companies respond to what can be negative, even if truthful, reviews.

Hillary Clinton getting boost from liberal super PAC
1/23/2014

·         San Francisco Chronicle: Hillary Clinton getting boost from liberal super PAC by Joe Garofoli - Cranking up a super PAC nearly three years before the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton, who hasn't even announced she's running, is the latest escalation "of an 'Alice in Wonderland' type of campaign finance system," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to giving citizens a louder political voice. "Obama campaigned on changing the system, but he hasn't done anything to change it," Weissman said.

Pulse of the Peninsula : Climate change battle at a crisis point
1/23/2014

The Island Now: Pulse of the Peninsula : Climate change battle at a crisis point by Karen Rubin - Public Citizen has an action alert out (action.citizen.org) (Click through to “Write Your Representative to Vote ‘No’ on Fast Track Trade Authority.” The Coalition For a Prosperous America, representing “manufacturing, agricultural, worker, consumer and citizen interests,” also has a page you can use to tell Congress to vote against fast-track trade authority. (action.prosperousamerica.org)

Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free?
1/23/2014

Democratic Underground: Corporation Carte Blanche: Will US-EU Trade Become Too Free? By Michaela SchiesslLori Wallach had but 10 minutes to speak when she stepped up to podium inside Room 405 at George Washington University, located not too far away from the White House. Her audience was made up of delegates currently negotiating the trans-Atlantic free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. They had already spent hours listening to presentations by every possible lobbying group -- duty bound to hear myriad opinions. But when Wallach, a trade expert for the consumer protection group Public Citizen, took the stage, people suddenly started paying attention. The 49-year-old Harvard lawyer, after all, is a key figure in international trade debates.

Appellate Counsel for Chevron's Foes Tapped Ahead of Verdict
1/23/2014

Courthouse News: Appellate Counsel for Chevron's Foes Tapped Ahead of Verdict by Adam Klasfeld  - "This charade must end," Donziger said, announcing that he already has retained his appellate lawyer Deepak Gupta, a veteran of Ralph Nader's organization Public Citizen who founded the Washington-based firm Gupta Beck.

Members of Congress Recess for an Undeserved Five-Week Vacation
1/23/2014

The Huffington Post: Members of Congress Recess for an Undeserved Five-Week Vacation by Pearl Korn  -  Last Wednesday, Public Citizen and PNHP sponsored a congressional briefing and press conference on the Hill celebrating the 48th Anniversary for Medicare, one of our most successful federal programs.

TransCanada’s Keystone XL South Pipeline Set To Begin Operations
1/23/2014

·         DeSmogBlog: TransCanada’s Keystone XL South Pipeline Set To Begin Operations by Julie Dermansky - Since their evidence was presented, along with a report by Public Citizen, PHMSA regulators have acknowledged problems with TransCanada's welding practices.

Feds reportedly seeking new regulations for child car seats
1/22/2014

Fox News: Feds reportedly seeking new regulations for child car seats - "I think this is terrific," said Joan Claybrook, who was the NHTSA administrator during the Carter administration and later president of Public Citizen. She noted that today's passenger vehicles have eight air bags, in part to protect adults from side-impact crashes. "We have an absolute moral obligation to protect children as well," she said.

Citizens With Cameras to Monitor TransCanada’s New Pipeline
1/22/2014

·         Environment News Service: Citizens With Cameras to Monitor TransCanada’s New Pipeline - “This pipeline is all risk and no reward for Texans. It crosses 631 water bodies, and if it leaks could damage water supplies for millions of Texans,” said Tom Smith, director of Texas Public Citizen, the local branch of the national nonprofit group Public Citizen. “The federal pipeline regulator has failed to require TransCanada to retest the pipeline after they were required to make hundreds of repairs to make sure that the repairs worked. Given TransCanada’s history, it’s likely to leak. This pipeline won’t offer any reward to Texas,” said Smith.

Tar Sands Start Flowing Through Oklahoma, Texas
1/22/2014

·         Sustainable Business: Tar Sands Start Flowing Through Oklahoma, Texas - The southern leg, however, is a brand new pipeline. And it too is  riddled with sags, dents, welding flaws and a litany of structural problems, says Public Citizen. It passes 630 streams and rivers in Texas. "What appears to be problematic construction and corner-cutting raises questions not only about the chances of a spill, but also about the quality of TransCanda's in-house inspection system, as well as the ability of the federal government to oversee the process," warns Public Citizen.

U.S. Nuclear Waste Disposal -- Only One Company Cashing In
1/22/2014

·         The Motley Fool: U.S. Nuclear Waste Disposal -- Only One Company Cashing In - However Tom Smith, an environment specialist who leads Public Citizen Texas, noted his concern about the location of a local aquifer that had once been mapped to run under the site. A more recent map showed that the aquifer ended before the site began, but Smith called into the credentials of this map, based on the fact that the chancellor for the Texas Tech University System was once a lobbyist for WCS.

Health Care Costs and Medical Malpractice Myth
1/21/2014

HealthWorks Collective: Health Care Costs and the Medical Malpractice Myth by Nik Donovic - Many people falsely believe that medical malpractice is a driving force behind the skyrocketing cost of health care. However, that’s simply not true. According to a report by Public Citizen, less than one-tenth of one percent of the United States total health care costs in 2012 resulted from claims paid in medical malpractice suits.

New Budget Kneecaps Key Wall Street Regulator
1/20/2014

MintPress News: New Budget Kneecaps Key Wall Street Regulator by Carey L. Biron - “As we’ve increased these responsibilities, we haven’t increased the funding. That’s tantamount to giving them a huge new job and then just paying for half of what it takes to do it,” Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, a public-interest group, told MintPress.

Will Poverty in America Finally Move to the Front Burner Again?
1/20/2014

Huffington Post Blog: Will Poverty in America Finally Move to the Front Burner Again? By Pearl Korn - If McCutcheon v FEC goes the wrong way, it could eliminate spending limits for individuals that would allow them to directly donate as much as $5.9 million per election cycle to a single party or its candidate, according to an in-depth report on this issue by Public Citizen.

Texas Company, Alone in U.S, Cashes in on Nuclear Waste
1/20/2014

The New York Times: Texas Company, Alone in U.S, Cashes In on Nuclear Waste by Matthew L. Wald - Tom Smith, an energy and environment specialist at Public Citizen in Austin, Tex., said he was concerned that maps previously showed an aquifer under the site. The maps were more recently redrawn after testing to show the aquifer ending northeast of the site, but the testing, said Mr. Smith, was done at the Texas Tech University System, where the chancellor, Kent Hance, was once a lobbyist for WCS.

How Lobbyists Still Fly Through Loopholes
1/19/2014

Armenian News Network: How Lobbyists Still Fly Through Loopholes by Shane Goldmacher - "They have deliberately let it go back to the Jack Abramoff days," complained Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the watchdog group that helped author the 2007 travel-tightening law.

John Nichols: Fast track is the wrong track for Wisconsin
1/19/2014

The Cap Times: John Nichols: Fast track is the wrong track for Wisconsin by John Nichols - There is now a broad sense that Public Citizen Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach is right when she says that race-to-the-bottom arrangements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the permanent normalization of trade relations with China “contribute to income inequality as more middle-class jobs are lost.”

Industry powers with access to TPP plans lavish money on Congress
1/18/2014

Before It’s News: Industry powers with access to TPP plans lavish money on Congress - Ultimately, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would give corporate entities much more influence over commerce, elevating “individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations,” consumer rights advocate Public Citizen says on its website.

Beware the control ceded to corporations new trade deal: PennLive Letters
1/18/2014

Penn Live: Beware the control ceded to corporations new trade deal: PennLive letters - This huge TransPacific Partnership is set to control the USA over and above our Constitution in many and very secret ways. According to Public Citizen, 600 foreign corporations helped write this massive trade agreement.

Short shrift for regulators in spending bill
1/18/2014

The Hill: Short shrift for regulators in spending bill by Ben Goad - Bart Naylor, a financial policy advocate with the consumer Public Citizen, criticized the remarks as putting Capitol Hill diplomacy above the agency’s needs. Naylor attributed the decisions to fund the agencies at levels lower than requested by the administration to the influence of Wall Street’s conservative allies in Congress, who would prefer less strenuous financial regulation. “The SEC and the CFTC definitely have their enemies,” he said. “They definitely have people who are trying to starve them to death.”

Banks seek to sway critical GAO report
1/17/2014

The Center for Public Integrity: Banks seek to sway critical GAO report by Alison Fitzgerald - “It’s a sharp strategy, if you know what you’re doing,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist on government ethics at Public Citizen. GAO auditors are experts in their field, Holman said, so “a lobbyist who can speak their language — such as providing accurate numbers — can influence their findings and research.”

FDA panel votes against Xarelto for treatment of ACS
1/17/2014

Cardiology Today: FDA panel votes against Xarelto for treatment of ACS - “The benefits are overwhelmed by the risks,” panel member Sidney Wolfe, MD, founder and senior advisor for the Health Research Group of Public Citizen, said. “It would be a danger to put this on the market and further bother, if not kill, people who already have an acute coronary event.”

Group plans to sue FEC after dark money deal
1/16/2014

Sunlight Foundation: Group plans to sue FEC after dark money deal by Jacob Fenton - Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, a D.C.-based watchdog and advocacy group that complained about the matter in 2010, said Republican commissioners were "disregarding FEC policies." Holman said the suit would be filed in District Court in a few weeks by Scott Nelson, a senior counsel at Public Citizen, and co-counsel Paul Ryan, a lawyer for the Campaign Legal Center.

Class Action Litigation: Who's the Real Winner?
1/16/2014

Triple Pundit: Class Action Litigation: Who’s the Real Winner? by Jan Lee - Class action these days isn’t supposed to enrich the plaintiffs. It isn’t even supposed to compensate the class members for pain and suffering. The purpose, says Michael Kirkpatrick, who serves as an attorney for the nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen Litigation Group, is to stop the illegal action and make sure the accused can’t benefit from the monies he or she has acquired in the process.

Farm Bill is no place for poison pills
1/16/2014

Illinois Times: Farm Bill is no place for poison pills by Susan Harley - Susan Harley, J.D., is deputy director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.  Public Citizen is a member of the OpenTheGovernment.org coalition. Her article in the Illinois Times addresses the need for Congress to approve a farm bill.

Gillespie announces U.S Senate bid
1/16/2014

News Advance: Gillespie announces U.S Senate bid - Gillespie made his fortune as a partner with Democrat Jack Quinn in a lobbying firm that they reportedly sold for $40 million in 2004. Among the company’s clients were Enron, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, Tyson Foods, Viacom, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DaimlerChrysler, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen.

CPS Energy begins smart meter rollout
1/16/2014

My San Antonio: CPS Energy begins smart meter rollout by Nolan Hicks - “In the early studies, there were a number of concerns raised about radiation and those were valid at the time,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, the state director of Public Citizen. “But, with modern technology, similar to what we see in our cell phones, the emissions of radiation (from smart meters) are now less than from the cell phone that sits next to your ear.”

Kimmelman Tapped to Head Public Knowledge
1/16/2014

Multichannel News: Kimmelman Tapped to Head Public Knowledge by John Eggerton - Longtime consumer advocate Gene Kimmelman has been named president and CEO of Public Knowledge, succeeding Gigi Sohn, who exited late last year to become a top aide to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. He began his consumer advocacy career at Public Citizen as a staff attorney for Congress Watch.

Watchdogs file suit over FEC inaction on Karl Rove's super PAC, Crossroads
1/16/2014

The Washington Times: Watchdogs file suit over FEC inaction on Karl Rove’s super PAC, Crossroads by Kellan Howell - The Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen on Thursday announced plans to file a suit against the Federal Election Commission for its dismissal of a complaint against Crossroads GPS.

Limits Must Be Placed on Banks' Ownership and Control of Commodity Assets
1/16/2014

HispanicBusiness.com: Limits Must Be Placed on Banks’ Ownership and Control of Commodity Assets  --  Congress and the Federal Reserve should limit banks from owning commodities, Public Citizen said today. "While the Federal Reserve's announcement that it welcomes public comments on its authority to restrict bank holding companies' control over physical commodities is a good step - although months late -, the Fed must commit to a far more transparent process in undertaking this review," said Tyson Slocum , director of Public Citizen's Energy Program.

Public Citizen: Trade Deal Would Kill American Jobs
1/16/2014

KRWG.org: Public Citizen: Trade Deal Would Kill American Jobs by Public Citizen  --  Thursday’s hearing on the long-delayed legislation to establish Fast Track authority for President Barack Obama’s priority Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could be a donnybrook, Public Citizen said today. “Democrats want to talk about job creation and tackling income inequality, which are also expected to be the main themes in President Obama’s State of the Union speech, but the 20-year record of NAFTA shows that deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership would only contribute to income inequality as more middle-class jobs are lost,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

Remember NAFTA? It's possible we'd all like to forget
1/16/2014

Tuscon Weekly: Remember NAFTA? It’s possible we’d all like to forget by Randy Serraglio - There were a few keen observations from Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research, organizations that specialize in economic reality. Public Citizen actually tracked the specific pre-NAFTA promises of corporation cheerleaders, and how those promises were subsequently broken.

Unions gear up for new fast track fight
1/15/2014

People’s World: Unions gear up for new fast track fight by Mark Gruenberg - "Fast track allows transformation of trade treaties into a whole set of policies" on everything from workers' rights to the environment to Buy American laws to regulating financial finagling, said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s TradeWatch. And it's set up so that citizens, workers and consumers could not fight back against its pro-corporate rulings.

Keyston XL Southern Leg Nears Activation
1/15/2014

The Texas Tribune: Keystone XL Southern Leg Nears Activation by Jim Malewitz - Critics of the pipeline, including the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, say the letters sent by PHMSA to warn TransCanada of “probable violations” during construction support their claims that the pipeline is unsafe and needs more scrutiny. “Now the pipeline is being filled, and we have absolutely no idea whether it’s safe,” said Tom “Smitty” Smith, the group’s Texas director.

Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive
1/15/2014

Grist: Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive by Ben Adler - “The presence of possibly corrosive materials in this fracked material presents the same risk in pipelines as in rail cars,” says Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen’s energy program director. “So we need a new standard for that as well.”

NAFTA's Trail of Destruction
1/15/2014

In These Times: NAFTA’s Trail of Destruction   --  In a study titled “NAFTA at 20,” released this month, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch concludes: “After two decades of NAFTA, the evidence is clear: the vaunted deal failed at its promises of job creation and better living standards while contributing to mass job losses, soaring income inequality, agricultural instability, corporate attacks on domestic health and environmental safeguards and mass displacement and volatility in Mexico.”

Spending bill halts Obama regulations
1/15/2014

The Hill: Spending bill halts Obama regulations - “It’s not surprising to see the House try to enact their wish list gutting public health and safety protections through backroom dealings and anti-democratic channels, since their agenda is fundamentally unpopular with the public and has no chance of passage through transparent and democratic means,” said Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate at the nonprofit group Public Citizen. 

Most Likely to Exceed: Who's Poised to Double Down Post-McCutcheon
1/15/2014

OpenSecrets Blog: Most Likely to Exceed: Who’s Poised to Double Down Post-McCutcheonRecently the company has found itself the subject of a protest petition organized by the group Public Citizen. Starting in 2011, Schwab had started to require clients to sign a clause agreeing not to pursue class action lawsuits against the company. Public Citizen is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to take up the issue and ban such practices through rule-making.

Microsoft ending consumer's ability to file class-action suits
1/14/2014

Amazines: Microsoft ending consumers’ ability to file class-action suits - "It's disappointing that Microsoft would do this, but it's not surprising," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for the advocacy group Public Citizen. "This is the trend among companies, and it's been getting worse and worse."

AIPAC Still Trying to Torpedo Iran Nuke Deal
1/14/2014

The Real News: AIPAC Still Trying to Torpedo Iran Nuke Deal - The Real News featured an interview with Robert Naiman, the Policy Director of Just foreign Policy and a former policy analyst and researcher at Public Citizen’s global Trade Watch, on the subject of the AIPAC’s push for new sanctions against Iran.

FEC lawyers: reason to believe Crossroads broke law
1/14/2014

Before It’s News: FEC lawyers: reason to believe Crossroads broke law - “They rigged their disclosures to be after the news deadline on Friday night,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen who was a cosigner on the original complaint filed against the FEC. While Holman praised FEC staff, he said the commission itself was “dysfunctional.” “The FEC should be much better at handling cases like this in a much more timely fashion — the fact that they take that long on most of their cases is not really a justification for doing so,” he said.

Open Fire and Open Markets: The Asia-Pacific Pivot and Trans-Pacific Partnership
1/14/2014

Foreign Policy in Focus: Open Fire and Open Markets: The Asia-Pacific Pivot and Trans-Pacific Partnership by Christine Ahn - “This is not mainly about trade,” explains Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, about the TPP. “It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade.”

Lifting the crude-oil ban would worsen pollution and climate change
1/14/2014

Grist: Lifting the crude-oil ban would worsen pollution and climate change by Ben Adler - “The environmentalists’ end objective is to leave it all in the ground,” explains Public Citizen’s energy program director Tyson Slocum. “The more difficulties [oil companies] have, the less incentive there is for additional production. It has a downward pressure on production.” In this case, the crude export ban is a difficulty, and eliminating it would therefore encourage more drilling and fracking.

High court rules against companies in LCD-screen case
1/14/2014

The Baltimore Sun: High court rules against companies in LCD-screen case by Lawrence Hurley ReutersSupporters of a Mississippi lawsuit, including the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, counter that defense lawyers are trying to shoehorn state attorney general actions into the Class Action Fairness Act when in reality the law does not apply to such cases.

Discussing Trade Deficits With Jim Himes
1/13/2014

Madison Patch: Discussing Trade Deficits With Jim Himes by Will Wilkins - In an interview with Mr. Himes, Will Wilkins presented a copy of NAFTA at 20, the report by Ben Beachy at Public Citizen, which showed that, contrary to the arguments made before FTAs are signed, the FTA treaties in the NAFTA style have actually resulted in huge net job losses for the USA.

Administration Peddling Increasing Blatant Canards on Proposed "Trade" Deals
1/12/2014

Truthout: Administration Peddling Increasing Blatant Canards on Proposed "Trade" Deals by Yves Smith - As the group Public Citizen has documented in considerable detail, these panels are corrupt and bend over backwards to issue pro-investor rulings. (On NAFTA & TPP)

Troubles for trade: Obama's fast-track plans face resistance
1/12/2014

ArcaMax: Troubles for trade: Obama's fast-track plans face resistance by Rob Hotakainen - In the 435-member House of Representatives, where 218 votes are enough to kill a bill, 188 members -- 27 Republicans and 161 Democrats -- already are on record expressing reservations, said Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, who's counting votes as the fight heats up. "The prospects are very dim," said Wallach, who opposes fast-track authority and wrote a book on the subject last year.

Michigan cherries could help treat brain diseases, research shows
1/12/2014

Detroit Free Press: Michigan cherries could help treat brain diseases, research shows by Paul EganDr. Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior advisor to Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, said Dunbar’s test results—which suggest tart cherries could unlock a key to improving brain function and reducing symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s—should be taken with skepticism. Wolfe notes that “Publicizing something like this, you can give false hopes…to people who start slugging down cherry juice.”

Private equity and Washington: A love story
1/12/2014

Politico: Private equity and Washington: A love story by MJ LEE - “Without a doubt, the private equity firms hired Geithner, [David] Petraeus and Genachowski because of their close connections with federal policymakers in both the executive and legislative branches — and I suspect at a very high price,” said Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the public advocacy group Public Citizen. “These are examples of revolving-door abuse in which wealthy private businesses attempt to buy access to the government through well-connected former officials.”

Appeals Court Mulls Rule Mandating Disclosure of Conflict Minerals in US Electronics
1/11/2014

Truthout: Appeals Court Mulls Rule Mandating Disclosure of Conflict Minerals in US Electronics by Candice BerndPublic Citizen and Amnesty International are urging the court to uphold the validity of a Dodd-Frank rule aiming to curb funding for armed groups contributing to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "The industry groups' court challenge is a blatant attempt to overturn the will of Congress," said Julie Murray, a staff attorney with Public Citizen, which is litigating the case. "There is no First Amendment right here to keep the public in the dark about whether their sourcing practices are helping to fund armed groups in the Congo."

A watchdog grows up: The inside story of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
1/11/2014

Washington Post: A watchdog grows up: The inside story of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by Lydia DepillisDeepak Gupta, who came to the bureau as a litigation counsel from the advocacy group Public Citizen, left for private practice after losing patience with the process. “Your typical mediocre government agency has been around for a while, knows how it does things, has certain bureaucratic traditions or pathologies that have set in,” he said. “The CFPB version is more like a faculty meeting, all jumping all over each other.”

Moldy Washers Cases Put Class Actions in Court's Spotlight
1/10/2014

Claims Journal: Moldy Washers Cases Put Class Actions in High Court’s Spotlight by Lawrence Hurley - Scott Nelson, an attorney at consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said class certification in [class action] cases is vital because it is the most efficient way to resolve mass actions. “It would significantly impair the ability of consumers to pursue class remedies against widespread product defects if certification were not permitted in these kinds of cases,” Nelson said in an email.

Oil industry tired of waiting for Keystone XL pipeline, but it won't give up
1/10/2014

The Business Journals: Oil industry tired of waiting for Keystone XL pipeline, but it won't give up by Kent HooverConsumer group Public Citizen, however, thinks lifting the export ban on crude oil is a terrible idea. "It's easy to understand why Big Oil wants to nullify the ban: doing so will lead to higher gasoline prices for U.S. motorists and fatter profits for oil producers," said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's energy program.

A 'Fast Track' to Less Democracy and More Economic Dislocation
1/10/2014

The Nation: A ‘Fast Track’ to Less Democracy and More Economic Dislocation by John Nichols - In response to an increase in pushback against the traditional fast-track model amongst members of Congress, Lori Wallach, the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, notes: “It’s rare these days that across the aisle, Congress agrees on anything, so it’s notable that a large bipartisan bloc insists on maintaining the exclusive constitutional authority over trade that the Founding Fathers wisely granted to Congress.”

Booker rolls out new staffers
1/10/2014

PolitickerNJ: Booker rolls out new staffers - Chris Slevin, previously the deputy director of Public Citizen’s trade division, has been made Legislative Director for U.S Sen. Cory Booker.

Victoza and its Link to Kidney Impariment are the Subject of New Blog on Danziger and De Llano Site
1/10/2014

SYS-CON MEDIA: Victoza and its Link to Kidney Impairment are the Subject of New Blog on Danziger and De Llano Site by PR NewswireDanziger and De Llano, a law firm that is based in Houston, Texas, noted Public Citizen's petition to the FDA to recall Victoza in 2012 in a recent article that focuses on the serious side effects associated with Victoza, an injectable drug that is used for treating type-2 diabetes.

Issues to Watch in 2014
1/10/2014

The Democratic Underground: Issues to Watch in 2014   - The CWA has joined together with Public Citizen and its other coalition partners, including the Sierra Club and Citizens Trade Campaign, to stop the attack on working conditions waged by the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Then There's This: Clouds Over Solar
1/10/2014

·         Austin Chronicle: Then There's This: Clouds Over Solar by Amy Smith - It's that uptick in solar activity that has utilities across the country running scared, says Tom "Smitty" Smith, executive director of Public Citizen Texas. "Many of the big electric utilities in the country are now beginning to wake up and realize that the solar revolution could threaten their longtime economic viability, and there are conferences and papers talking about how to deal with the increasing use of solar on people's rooftops [while] keeping the utilities alive," he said.

Court Rules That Yelp Must Unmask the Identities of Seven Anonymous Reviewers
1/10/2014

·         The Atlantic: Court Rules That Yelp Must Unmask the Identities of Seven Anonymous Reviewers by Rebecca J. Rosen - Paul Levy, an attorney at the advocacy group Public Citizen who argued the case for Yelp, says that he believes this is where the court's ruling falters. The standard for a claim of defamation is just too soft, not requiring any showing of falsity or damages.

Yikes! Yelp Critics Lose Anonymity
1/9/2014

·         PersonalLiberty.com: Yikes! Yelp Critics Lose Anonymity - Owner Joe Hadeed sued the anonymous reviewers, claiming defamation and citing Yelp in the complaint. In May, Public Citizen filed an appellate brief on behalf of Yelp, in which it argued that the trial court stripped the reviewers of their 1st Amendment right to speak anonymously.

Virginia Court Unmasks Yelp Commenters
1/9/2014

·         MediaPost.com: Virginia Court Unmasks Yelp Commenters by Wendy Davis - Yelp's lawyer, Paul Alan Levy of advocacy group Public Citizen, says the company plans to appeal to Virginia's highest court. Levy points out that one reason why Hadeed might have been unable to match the reviews to its customer records is that people often write under under pseudonyms and change their identifying details.

After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP
1/9/2014

·         Common Dreams: After 20 Years of NAFTA Poverty, Lawmakers Move to Fast-Track TPP - Public Citizen summarizes: Whether or not the president obtains the listed negotiating objectives, the bill would empower the president to sign a trade pact before Congress votes on it with a guarantee that the executive branch can write legislation to implement the pact and alter wide swaths of existing U.S. law and obtain both House and Senate votes within 90 days. That legislation is not subject to markup and amendment in committee, all amendments are forbidden during floor votes and a maximum of 20 hours of debate is permitted in the House and Senate.

Anti-fracking protest in NY rages amid governor’s state of the state address
1/9/2014

·         Voice of Russia: Anti-fracking protest in NY rages amid governor’s state of the state address - The number of complaints has been reduced by the smart move oil and gas companies had performed as they made landowners sign the so-called non-disclosure agreements. That's according to a renewable energy activist and Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, Tyson Slocum.

Va. court rules Yelp has to reveal identities of anonymous negative reviewers of carpet cleaner
1/9/2014

·         FOX5: Va. court rules Yelp has to reveal identities of anonymous negative reviewers of carpet cleaner by Karen Gray Houston - The non-profit advocacy group, Public Citizen, representing Yelp, says reviewers should not have to reveal their identities when expressing opinions protected by the First Amendment. It also says Hadeed should have to at least prove that the reviews were false. Yelp has asked Public Citizen to appeal the ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Congress is considering whether to allow Obama to finish two massive trade deals
1/9/2014

·      Washington Post: Congress is considering whether to allow Obama to finish two massive trade deals by Lydia Depillis - "There are a lot of members who're saying, 'you've treated me abysmally, why would I give myself handcuffs involuntarily?'" says Lori Wallach of Public Citizen, which opposes fast track.  "It means the president can dictate domestic policy on a whole range of issues. And they can implement all sorts of unpopular provisions, and superglue them into a trade agreement."

Massive trade bill hits Hill
1/9/2014

·        Politico: Massive trade bill hits Hill by Doug Palmer & Adam Behsudi - Business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National of Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable cheered the TPA bill, while a number of labor, environmental and consumer groups, including the Sierra Club and Public Citizen, vowed to fight it.

Moldy washers cases put class actions in U.S. top court's spotlight
1/9/2014

·       Reuters: Moldy washers cases put class actions in U.S. top court's spotlight by Lawrence Hurley - Scott Nelson, an attorney at consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said class certification in such cases is vital because it is the most efficient way to resolve mass actions. "It would significantly impair the ability of consumers to pursue class remedies against widespread product defects if certification were not permitted in these kinds of cases," Nelson said in an email.

JP Morgan Chase to pay $2.6 billion to gov't and Madoff victims
1/8/2014

·         Digital Journal: JP Morgan Chase to pay $2.6 billion to gov't and Madoff victims by Brett Wilkins - "This marks the latest example of a predilection toward settling through the use of deferred prosecution agreements, instead of issuing indictments," the watchdog group Public Citizen said in a statement criticizing the settlement. "It also underscores the continuing, and perhaps growing, problem of 'too big to jail.'"

Fracking May Impact Health of Babies Born to Area Residents: Study
1/8/2014

·         AboutLawsuits.com: Fracking May Impact Health of Babies Born to Area Residents: Study by Irvin Jackson - In 2011, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen urged lawmakers to close legal loopholes which allowed energy companies to continue fracking.

NAFTA at 20: Obama Wants to "Fast Track" More Problems
1/8/2014

·         Naugatuck Patch: NAFTA at 20: Obama Wants to "Fast Track" More Problems by Will Wilkin - A detailed study of the results of NAFTA over these 2 decades has just been published by Public Citizen. Public Citizen catalogued these pledges, the failure to meet them and even the record of the same firms’ relocation of jobs to Mexico and Canada in a comprehensive report.

The false safety promise of Keystone XL
1/8/2014

·         Salon.com: The false safety promise of Keystone XL by Lindsay Abrams - Of course, the segment of Keystone that runs from Canada to Oklahoma itself leaked 12 times in its first 12 months of operations, and a report from the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen identified 125 potential “anomalies” along Keystone XL’s completed southern leg.

Feds Reexamine Contracts Banning Class-Action Suits
1/8/2014

·         HispanicBusiness.com: Feds Reexamine Contracts Banning Class-Action Suits - A 2007 report by Public Citizen found that over a four-year period, arbitrators sided with credit-card companies 94 percent of the time in disputes with California consumers. "Very few consumers go to arbitration," said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel for the advocacy group Public Citizen. "Consumers prefer to have their day in court."

Coalition Calls On Obama To Speed Up Regulation Review
1/8/2014

·         Huffington Post: Coalition Calls On Obama To Speed Up Regulation Review by Kate Sheppard -   In the letter, which was also sent to the head of the Office of Management and Budget, the coalition pushes for change in the office. While there have been some "laudable" improvements recently, "we believe that there remain substantial procedural and process issues with respect to the transparency and effectiveness of OIRA’s involvement in the regulatory review process that require fundamental reform," wrote coalition co-chairs Katherine McFate, president and CEO of the Center for Effective Government, and Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Congress should put a price on carbon pollution
1/8/2014

·         San Francisco Gate: Congress should put a price on carbon pollution by Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders - "This policy framework would protect our economic growth while protecting vulnerable consumers by putting money right back in their pockets," Public Citizen's Tyson Slocum noted. "It rewards those who use less energy at home, and it invests in retrofitting and preparing the homes and communities most vulnerable to violent weather and high energy costs."

YELP critics must be identified, court rules in online landscape altering decision
1/8/2014

·         Washington Times: YELP critics must be identified, court rules in online landscape altering decision by Kellan Howell and Phillip Swarts - Hadeed really did nothing to justify the need for the identity of the Does in this case,” said Mr. Levy, who works at the D.C.-based nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen. “It’s going to make it more difficult for the marketplace of ideas to get valuable information about companies.

Feds take look at contracts that ban class-action suits
1/8/2014

·         Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal: Feds take look at contracts that ban class-action suits by David Lazarus - A 2007 report by Public Citizen found that over a four-year period, arbitrators sided with credit-card companies 94 percent of the time in disputes with California consumers.

Debate grows over whether U.S. should end decades-long ban on oil exports
1/7/2014

·         Washington Examiner: Debate grows over whether U.S. should end decades-long ban on oil exports by Zack Colman - "[I]t is keeping U.S. gasoline prices down a tad, as the excess capacity means it’s cheaper for U.S. refiners to access select U.S. landlocked crude," said Tyson Slocum, director of consumer advocacy group Public Citizen's energy program.

Farm bill is no place for poison pills
1/7/2014

·         Flathead News Group: Farm bill is no place for poison pills Op-ed published by Susan Harley

Stamping Out Dark Money
1/7/2014

·         Huffington Post: Stamping Out Dark Money by David Crosby and Ben Cohen - Thanks to the help of big national groups like Free Speech for People, Public Citizen, People for the American Way, USPIRG, Common Cause and Move to Amend, the movement is making big waves.

Consumer advocates: Fine print could rob consumers of right to sue
1/7/2014

·         CBS Atlanta: Consumer advocates: Fine print could rob consumers of right to sue by Jeff Chirico - Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has compiled a list of companies that includes forced arbitration in their consumer and employment contracts.Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, has compiled a list of companies that includes forced arbitration in their consumer and employment contracts.

Are banks too big to jail?
1/6/2014

·         CNN: Are banks too big to jail? Op-ed by Lisa Gilbert (Public Citizen) & Mark Calabria (CATO)

NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality
1/6/2014

·         Huffington Post: NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality- Op-ed by Lori Wallach

Business Groups Back Obama on Trade as Historic Debate Begins
1/6/2014

·         Bloomberg Businessweek: Business Groups Back Obama on Trade as Historic Debate Begins by Brian Wingfield - Lori Wallach, director of the Global Trade Watch Program at Public Citizen, a Washington-based consumer group, said she doubts Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would bring up the issue with elections looming in November.

Do Fast Track And TPP Have Momentum?
1/6/2014

·         Campaign for America’s Future Blog: Do Fast Track And TPP Have Momentum? By Dave Johnson - A new report from Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch aptly named “NAFTA at 20: One Income Inequality, Scores of Corporate Attacks on Environmental and Health Laws” documents the harm this agreement has done to regular people in our economy.

The Tasks of the People-Powered Movement for 2014
1/4/2014

·         Dissidentvoice.org: The Tasks of the People-Powered Movement for 2014 by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers - A new Public Citizen report shows that not only did promises made by proponents [of NAFTA] not materialize, but many results are exactly the opposite. Such outcomes include a staggering $181 billion U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, one million net U.S. jobs lost because of NAFTA, a doubling of immigration from Mexico, larger agricultural trade deficits with Mexico and Canada, and more than $360 million paid to corporations after “investor-state” tribunal attacks on, and rollbacks of, domestic public interest policies.

Twenty Years of NAFTA: Capital freely crosses borders while people can’t
1/4/2014

·         San Diego Free Press: Twenty Years of NAFTA: Capital freely crosses borders while people can’t by Anna Daniels - “In 1993, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was sold to the American public with grand promises. NAFTA would create tens of thousands of good jobs here. U.S. farmers would export their way to wealth. NAFTA would bring Mexico’s standard of living up, providing new economic opportunities there that would reduce immigration to the United States.“  -Public Citizen NAFTA’s Broken Promises 1994-2013

The mourning isn’t over
1/4/2014

·         Durango Herald: The mourning isn’t over by Chase Olivarius-Mcallister - As early as February 2007, four years before Erika’s death and five years before Brittany’s, the group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to ban third-generation birth-control pills. The petition from Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, underlined the danger of blood clots.

U.S. Sovereignty The TPP,Trans-Pacific Partnership Could It Be The End of The Net As We Know It?
1/4/2014

·         Before It’s News: U.S. Sovereignty The TPP,Trans-Pacific Partnership Could It Be The End of The Net As We Know It? - Obama has so far refused to give Congress a copy of the draft agreement. Regulates food, Internet, medicine, commerce The TPP is “more than just a trade deal,” wrote Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a New York Times op-ed last June.

Gator hunt? Dog sledding? Campaign fundraisers get creative
1/4/2014

·         The Los Angeles Times: Gator hunt? Dog sledding? Campaign fundraisers get creative by Richard Simons - "Chicken dinners just aren't going to cut it," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the watchdog group Public Citizen.

NAFTA at 20
1/3/2014

·         Democracy Now: Interview with Lori Wallach about NAFTA at 20

Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle gave staffers $42,000 in parting payments
1/2/2014

·         Syracuse.com: Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle gave staffers $42,000 in parting payments by Mark Weiner -  "I have never heard of paying for accrued leave or vacation time," said Craig Holman, of the nonpartisan group Public Citizen. "It sounds like a way to reward her staff and not call it a bonus." He added, "Full-time employees in the executive branch enjoy that benefit, but it's not something you see among congressional staff."

NHTSA Slowly Working Toward Backup-Camera Law
1/2/2014

·         Hybridcars.com: NHTSA Slowly Working Toward Backup-Camera Law by Jeff Cobb - “When Congress ordered this rule issued in three years, they meant three years, not seven,” said Scott Michelman, an attorney at the group Public Citizen.

NHTSA moves ahead on backup-camera regulation
1/2/2014

·         Automotive News: NHTSA moves ahead on backup-camera regulation by Gabe Nelson - "When Congress ordered this rule issued in three years, they meant three years, not seven," Scott Michelman, an attorney at the group Public Citizen, said at the time.

NAFTA at 20: An Unhappy Birthday and a Look at the Roll Call Votes on "Free" Trade Deals
1/1/2014

·         Daily Kos: NAFTA at 20: An Unhappy Birthday and a Look at the Roll Call Votes on "Free" Trade Deals - Last weekend, Public Citizen released a report on the twenty-year legacy of NAFTA. Public Citizen found that many of the results of NAFTA were the exact opposite of what its boosters had promised.

N.D.Train Derailment Could Change How Crude Oil Transported
1/1/2014

·         ABC News: N.D.Train Derailment Could Change How Crude Oil Transported by Alex Perez - As recently as 2008, 9,500 rail cars moved crude oil across the U.S, Tyson Slocum, the director of the Public Citizen’s Energy Program, told ABC News. By 2012, it was 230,000 rail cars. “When you are looking at this kind of massive increase in shipments of flammable substances like crude oil by rail cars on railroad systems that are outdated and unsafe, it is a recipe for disaster,” Slocum said. “We’re lucky that we’ve only seen three accidents in North America this year. There could have been a lot more.”

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