Consumer Revolution

April 23, 1973
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For many it was a scene to behold; for others it was a scene to bewail. But on that day, April 11th, amidst a tumultuous meeting of national meat boycott leaders in a large House of Representatives hearing room, the National Consumer Congress was born. Outside of the meeting room, ranchers were telling housewives that…

The Lessons of the Meat Boycott

April 9, 1973
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The nationwide consumer meat boycott drive may become a landmark event in the history of the consumer movement. Although the designated week for a maximum effort was April 1-8, the boycott’s effect on the future outlook and organization of consumers could be its most significant contribution. First and foremost, it arose out of a series…

The California Emission Experiment

April 2, 1973
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, are beginning final consideration of the domestic motor vehicle manufacturers’ request for a one year suspension of the 1975 carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons motor vehicle emission standards. If EPA gives in, most large cities including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and Phoenix will be…

Is There A Nuclear Blast In Your Future?

March 26, 1973
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The struggle over the dangers of nuclear power plants throughout the United States centers on a collision of invincible hazards against immovable investments. After two decades of assurances by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and private utilities that nuclear power is acceptably safe, the evidence to the contrary has become undeniably impressive during the last…

Outlaws At The OEO

March 19, 1973
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What can Congress do when a government official purposefully and systematically breaks the law, as acting director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), Howard J. Phillips, is doing with White House approval? Ideologically fueled by hatred for government programs to Americans who are poor and helpless, Phillips is pursuing the dismantling or subversion of…

Consuming the Consumer

March 12, 1973
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If there was any hope that the White House would at least pay lip service to consumer protection, President Nixon’s recent “Human Resources” message to Congress scrapped it. The section in the message devoted to “Consumer Affairs” was a dismal declaration of no interest. Where previous Presidents have spoken about market place abuses of the…

The Light That Fails

March 5, 1973
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The lighting fixtures and electric utility industries have made it. By pushing for and installing higher and higher illumination levels in buildings, they have sold more fixtures, more services and more electricity. This escalating practice of waste shows no signs of abating even in this period of public concern over inflation and the nation’s energy…

Broken Promises

February 19, 1973
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The federal program providing lawyers for the poor is heading for destruction. Cynically, White House and Office of Economic Opportunity reactionaries are breaking up the nonpolitical structure of the Neighborhood Legal Services program in preparation for its ultimate disintegration. The 2400 lawyers representing poor people in consumer, landlord, employment, family and governmental problems throughout the…

Landslide Nixon

February 12, 1973
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President Nixon’s proposed $268.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, continues the Administration’s indifference to consumer rights. In his Inaugural Address, a few days before unloading the federal government’s biggest budget ever, the President told the people that they shouldn’t expect much from him or the government but rather they should…

I Think I Can’t, I Think I Can’t…

February 6, 1973
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As has been their practice for over 20 years, the domestic automobile Companies once again are mounting an intense propaganda campaign to advertise their “inability” to meet air pollution control standards. This time General Motors, Ford and Chrysler executives have been singing the same tune about the impossibility of meeting the federal government’s 1975 automobile…