May 9, 2017

New Report: How electric utility customers are forced to fund the Edison Electric Institute and other political organizations

The Edison Electric Institute is an inherently political organization, and a powerful one. At $90 million, its budget is the highest it has been in over a decade – a budget that the nation’s electric ratepayers have helped fund. The Energy and Policy Institute’s latest report explores how regulated investor-owned utility companies are including their
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April 30, 2017

Southern Company CEO and Edison Electric Institute Chairman Tom Fanning’s Climate Change Denial

In the month since Tom Fanning, the CEO of Southern Company and current chairman of the Edison Electric Institute, said that carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global warming, no other utility leaders have disputed or criticized his remarks, despite the industry’s self-proclaimed commitment to climate action. “Do you think it’s been proven
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March 27, 2017

Open Admissions + First Semester Loans = Bad Student Outcomes

  Consider the following; _  According to National Center for Education (NCES) statistics, 61% of college-bound students require remedial education. _ Of that remedial cohort, only 24.5% ever graduate from college. _ According to NCES, 90% of student loan defaults are by college dropouts. 8% are by certificate or associate graduates, and, contrary to opinion, only
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October 28, 2016

First Episode of ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ Focuses on Solar Energy and Amendment 1 in Florida

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  The second season of the Emmy award-winning documentary series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ premiers Sunday, October 30 at 8ET on the National Geographic Channel. Episode one follows David Letterman and ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian Cecily Strong as the two explore the solar energy landscape and investigate what’s blocking the solar market from growing at
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September 27, 2016

Power Companies Funding Legal Efforts To Overturn Clean Power Plan In Court

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Lawyers for the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) were among those who argued against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan today before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Recent investigations have revealed that some of the nation’s largest electric utilities have quietly funded this special interest group’s attacks on the EPA’s first-ever limits on
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June 22, 2016

Give the Obama Student Loan Servicing Plan a Chance

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Guest Post by Deanne Loonin (attorney and advocate for low-income student loan borrowers) Programs to help struggling student loan borrowers will only succeed if servicers effectively do their jobs and provide high quality information and assistance. Servicers are a borrower’s primary point of contact.  Ideally, they should provide borrowers with accurate and comprehensive information about
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November 13, 2015

Climate Hustle, Latest Global Warming Denial Documentary, Set For World Premiere In Paris During COP21

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Starting on November 30 and lasting until December 11, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), i.e. the annual meeting of all countries that want to take action for the climate, will meet in Le Bourget, France. They are meeting to try and agree to a global legally binding climate treaty to keep global warming below
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November 9, 2015

Roy Spencer, Climate Skeptic, wants RICO Investigation of Environmentalists

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At a recent Cato Institute event titled, “Preparing for Paris: What to Expect from the U.N.’s 2015 Climate Change Conference,” climate skeptic Roy Spencer raised eyebrows when he said that environmentalists should be investigated under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) because of the energy policies they push. Thomas Wysmuller, owner of Colderside.com,
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