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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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6/25/2017
By Michael Glassman, SALON.COM
When President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, California elected officials were immediate leaders in the reaction, promising to forge ahead regardless of what Trump might do. They were building on an existing infrastructure of 175 subnational entities committed to fighting climate...
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6/23/2017
By Brian Fung, THE WASHINGTON POST
Much of the media coverage surrounding President Trump's meetings with tech industry executives this week has focused on the companies in the room — Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and so on. But separate meetings organized around the same event have also included a smattering of government officials, including on Thursday the head of the...
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6/22/2017
By Randy Paige, KCBS TV-2 Los Angeles, CA
WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — The Senate’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could be voted on next week. If passed into law, how would the American Healthcare Act affect Californians? Fewer people covered, higher costs for the elderly and dramatic cuts for the working poor, according to Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA...
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6/21/2017
By Aarian Marshall, WIRED
Seven years after Google started developing robocars, 13 months after a Florida man died in a Tesla Model S that was driving itself, and almost a year after self-driving Ubers started picking up passengers in Pennsylvania, Congress might actually start regulating autonomous vehicles. Nearly everyone working on this emerging technology, from...
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6/19/2017
By Thomas Elias, THE LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
The 1988 Proposition 103 has saved California consumers more than $100 billion in excessive auto insurance premiums since voters passed it by a slim 51-49 percent margin, probably the reason for an unrelenting legal onslaught by the insurance industry. No one has calculated the accompanying savings in prices for homeowners insurance and other...
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6/16/2017
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington – States would prevented from passing their own laws on the testing or design of self-driving cars under a proposed bill being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure, which would represent a big win for carmakers, is a stark departure from the Obama administration’s recommendation that called for...
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6/15/2017
By Dennis Romero, LA WEEKLY
The promise of self-driving cars is the promise of Silicon Valley to make the world a better place. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who lives in Los Angeles, has made a reasonable argument about this vehicle technology, which he hopes to have available to his customers within 10 years: Humans make terrible drivers, and "1.2 million people that die every...
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6/14/2017
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — The federal government will have to find ways to regulate self-driving cars that don’t stifle innovation among auto manufacturers and technology companies, lawmakers and industry groups agreed during a hearing that took place hours after a shooting rocked Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Proceeding with business as usual after a...
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6/14/2017
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — The day before a Senate panel is to discuss federal regulations for self-driving cars, three senators released “principles” to guide that legislation. U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township; and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., all members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee,...
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6/7/2017
By Ethan Baron, THE MERCURY NEWS
MOUNTAIN VIEW — A proposal from two investment firms to order Google’s parent firm Alphabet to issue a report on an alleged “gender pay gap” was dead even before it was read out at Wednesday’s annual stockholders meeting. Earlier proxy voting by investors killed the measure, which was also proposed last year, Alphabet...