PSR Releases Top Ten Priorities for 2012
PSR educates and activates the medical and broader health community, and the public, through research, analysis, collaboration and targeted communications. We advocate for government and societal change at the local, state, national and international level. Our top ten priorities for 2012 affirm our
long-held commitment to work to prevent what we cannot cure.
1. Work toward substantial reductions
in nuclear stockpiles. In this
current political climate, we have the best opportunity in years to make
progress on cutting dangerous wasteful spending, especially the billions spent
on nuclear weapons.
2. Train and deploy physicians, other
health professionals, and medical students. PSR is expanding
its expert-tour program, including speaking engagements, media outreach, panel
presentations and other educational events.
3. Prevent the development and
production of any new nuclear weapons. We are working to block all federal spending
and, through one of our local chapters, halt construction of a new weapons
components production facility.
4. Push for abolishing nuclear weapons
worldwide. Through our 1 More 4 Zero campaign, we keep alive the goal of
abolition while seeking winnable next steps.
5. Stop the construction of new nuclear
reactors in the U.S. We will continue to oppose additional
government subsidies for new reactors, working with coalition partners to
identify and present champions and experts in a variety of settings.
6. Increase public understanding of the
risks with nuclear reactors. We will spotlight past reactor
accidents and the risk of a Fukushima-like disaster in the U.S., stressing the
frequency of accidents and lack of preparedness.
7. Educate the public, media,
policymakers and health professionals
about the health
effects of radiation and counter industry claims that low doses of radiation
8. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions at
the source. We will work to block the
licensing of proposed coal-fired power plants and to close the oldest, dirtiest
existing plants. We will address toxic coal ash and coal exports. We will safeguard rules to protect
healthy, clean air.
9. Reduce reliance on fossil fuels;
promote clean, healthy, renewable sources of energy. We will
support expanded generation of wind and solar energy as well as increased
reliance on energy efficiency and conservation.
10. Press for regulations that result in
health-protective chemicals policy. With our chapters and membership, we
will continue to present the medical and public health voice in support of
policies that protect us from dangerous chemicals.