Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2010 09:05:12 -0400
Subject: Citizen Direct: Public Citizen's Top News and Actions
Exports and Trade Pacts
Citizen Vox - This political message is paid for by...who knows? Neither the public nor the Federal Election Commission knows who is paying for political advertisements. According to a new report by Public Citizen, more than two-thirds of outside groups spending heavily on electioneering communications this year are not reporting who is financing their advertisements, despite rules requiring this information to be reported. Learn more.
Eyes on Trade - Chamber of Commerce critiques own method in trigger-happy response to Public Citizen. We fully expected a U.S. Chamber of Commerce response to our new report about trade agreements and exports (see item above). But we didn't expect it to be in the form of an argument we already shredded in the report itself. Learn more.
Citizen Energy - Happy 40th, Clean Air Act. In the 40 years since the Clean Air Act was signed, the legislation has led to significant environmental and public health benefits for citizens, including the prevention of more than 200,000 premature deaths. September marked the 40th anniversary of the act, which could be the key to curbing dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in the near future. So why would Congress want to weaken this legislation? Learn more.
TexasVox - Tar sands oil's devastating legacy. Tar sands oil, with 3.2 to 4.5 times the carbon footprint of conventional oil, could be pumped through expanded pipelines into East Texas and the Houston Bay Area. TransCanada, an extractor of tar sands oil, has proposed an expansion of its current pipelines that would cut through Texas and Oklahoma rivers, national forests and private land. Does this sound problematic to you, too? Learn more.
Groups petition Feds to regulate work hours for doctors-in-training. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates work hours and sets rest-period requirements in a variety of industries, including the highway, aviation, railroad and maritime transportation industries, because of the major role fatigue plays in transportation safety. So the agency also should regulate the number of hours worked by medical residents, Public Citizen and other groups said in a petition to the agency. Read the press release.
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