Airbnb critics join in Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call for transparent data

As soaring demand has sent rents skyward across many urban centers in the United States, city leaders have tried to identify problems and find affordable housing solutions for working class and poor residents. More than 40 of these local leaders said Thursday that they suspect Airbnb and similar short-term rental services could be, in part, to blame. Click here to read the rest of this story.

Lawmakers and community groups call for federal action against Airbnb and HomeAway

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, lawmakers and community groups are asking the U.S. government to investigate how many Airbnb and HomeAway rentals are operating like hotels. They say it’s difficult to implement effective policy without concrete data on the impact these services have on cities. Click here to read the rest of this article.

City leaders ask FTC to ‘take action’ on Airbnb

A group of 25 elected officials and 17 community groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to collect data on Airbnb listings and the revenue the listings generate. The rationale is that the data could help shape a policy to regulate short-term rentals, as city leaders say housing costs are rising amid housing shortages. The letter adds on to a similar call from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein and Brian Schatz in July. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Clean Power Plan for All

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) provides the first ever national protections against dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. The CPP presents a historic opportunity to not only accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy, but also to improve the health, environment, and local economies of communities overburdened by air pollution and the effects of climate change.

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