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CUB Advocacy Item: Tell White House its tariff is bad for solar, bad for consumers

The White House this week announced a 30% tariff on imported solar panels. The tariff reportedly will decrease by 5% over a four-year span, ending at 15% in 2022. This decision will needlessly raise the cost of solar panels, which could stall or kill solar projects that help stabilize the…...

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Join the fight against a crippling solar tariff

This is a special update about a threat to clean energy—and we’re asking you to send a message to the White House to show your support for solar power. On Halloween, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)—a federal agency that provides trade expertise to the White House—recommended that President Trump…...

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Tell the White House: Don’t be weak on efficiency

Last week, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced that he was repealing the Clean Power Plan — regulations designed to reduce pollution from power plants. Here’s one particular reason why that’s bad news: The plan would have given energy efficiency a significant boost, and that…...

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Tell Congress: Protect my Privacy!

Almost 143 million U.S. consumers — nearly half the country — may have had their personal data stolen when hackers targeted credit rating agency Equifax in “the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen,” according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Members of Congress have demanded…...

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Urge Congress: Don’t kill net neutrality!

As the fight to protect your Internet rights rages before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee is preparing to hold a hearing on “ground rules for the Internet,” which could  lead to anti-net neutrality laws backed by big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like…...

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Protect solar power—Oppose a tariff

We want to alert you about an important issue that could have a devastating impact on our efforts to fight for a more reliable and affordable power grid. Here’s a quick summary: A case before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)—a federal agency that provides trade expertise to the White…...

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Tell Congress: Reform pay TV

In a quick poll CUB released last week, 98 percent of you showed support for a “Pay TV Customer’s Bill of Rights”! This week, we want to share those results with Illinois’ Congressional Delegation, and urge it to push for consumer protections for pay TV customers. Here’s the question we…...

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Net Neutrality update: Record number of comments

In response to a planned overhaul of net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received a record breaking number of comments, a few thousand of which have come from CUB supporters. Roughly 2 million comments were filed in one day last week, when thousands of activists, individuals and…...

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No override: Protect veto of SB 1839, AT&T’s bad bill

URGENT: Gov. Rauner has vetoed AT&T’s Senate Bill 1839—bad legislation that would lead to the end of landline phone service. But the General Assembly could override the veto TODAY (Saturday, July 1)! Please, take immediate action to STOP the override. This is our best chance to win this battle!...

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State Capitol update: Protect state funds keeping bills low

STATE CAPITOL UPDATE: CUB needs your help to defeat a Springfield maneuver that’s bad news for our utility bills. Here’s the problem: Special state funds to help make our utility bills more affordable are in danger of being “swept.” That means some people in Springfield want to drain those funds and…...

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