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09/14/2014
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After years of organizing locally and across the state, California lawmakers passed two groundbreaking bills to protect our water, air and beautiful places: our bills to ban plastic grocery bags and get a million electric vehicles on California’s roads were both voted through the Legislature. Now they await the Governor’s signature before they can become law. This means Governor Brown has until the end of this month to approve (or veto) these bills. We need your help to ensure that he makes the right decision.

Tell Governor Brown to approve the statewide plastic bag ban and the Charge Ahead California clean vehicles bill.

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09/09/2014
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We are really excited that the University of California announced today a massive investment in solar energy!

As we witness the effects of global warming in our lives today- from the forest fire currently raging in Yosemite, to the worst drought in our history, it is clear we need to take action to fight climate change.

In California we still get about 80% of our energy from fossil fuels, even though we live in one of the sunniest places in the world.

Today's announcement will mean about 72,000 metric tons less global warming pollution will be poured into the air every year from our campuses. (Or equivalent to about 15 thousand fewer cars on the road each year). That is worth celebrating!

Lets use this momentum to make solar power affordable and accessible for all Californians.

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08/20/2014
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It’s that time of year again. Back to school means hitting the campus bookstore for new textbooks.

Unfortunately, we’re about to get hit with the annual sticker shock of high textbook prices. $200 for one book? Outrageous.

Here’s the deal: we can stand up to high prices and help change the textbook industry. It won’t be easy, but we’re making progress.

Tweet today why you think textbook prices are outrageous!

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07/03/2014
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I think you’ll find this really cool -- and probably a bit alarming.

We just put together a scrolling infographic to illustrate the growing threat of antibiotics, and what we can do about it. 

Take a look, then help spread the word – and take action if you haven’t already.

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PIRG In The News

KEYT.com Santa Barbara

CALPIRG is meeting with Congresswoman Lois Capps tomorrow to talk about the upcoming farm bill discussions and where priorities should be for federal farm subsidies.

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The Daily Californian

Rich Williams, the higher education advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, said in a statement that Congress is “blindsiding about 143,000 students next year.”

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UCSB Daily News Letter

Student groups at UCSB including the Associated Students Coastal Fund, Environmental Affairs Board, Isla Vista Surfrider Foundation and CalPirg, have banded together with campus administration and the Plastic Pollution Coalition to make a profound impact on the campus community and the City of Santa Barbara. 

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The Washington Post

“This should send a clear message to Congress that this is a common sense nonpartisan issue,” said Rich Williams, higher education advocate for U.S. PIRG.

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