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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

ABC7

Ask any college student or parent and they'll tell you textbooks these days are extremely expensive. 7 On Your Side takes a look at the movement to make them more affordable.

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Los Angeles Times

Are farm subsidies making us fat? Billions in taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food, according to a report released this week by the California Public Interest Research Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, both consumer advocacy groups.

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Merced Sun-Star

Video:CALPIRG’s Energy Service Corps spent their spring break week weatherizing the Merced fairgrounds building! Click on link to watch.

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Sacramento Press

This weatherization event was part of the Energy Alternative Spring Break Service Trip, a new program in California to train students from all across the state to help their communities reduce energy use. The project was spearheaded by the Energy Service Corps, a joint venture between the statewide public interest group CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group Foundation) and AmeriCorps.

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