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  • Moving mountains
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on January 21, 2010

    Mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining uses high-powered explosives to blow the tops off of mountains. The debris is then bulldozered into adjacent valleys and streams. The health hazards and environmental destruction this creates is so great, scientists have called for a moratorium on MTR permits. Read more »
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  • EPA proposes stringent new limits on sulfur dioxide, smog
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on January 14, 2010

    The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for two primary pollutants under the Clean Air Act: sulfur dioxide and ozone pollution (smog). Read more »
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  • Collaboration to Stop Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on June 18, 2009

    I had the pleasure recently of attending the Sierra Club’s Midwest “New Energy Future” conference, where I shared information from PSR on the health impacts of global warming. This included our new fact sheets, which I hope you have seen. Read more »
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  • Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding Hearing - Seattle
    Posted on May 22, 2009

    I joined others from the Washington and Oregon chapters of PSR in testifying today at a public hearing in Seattle held by the Environmental Protection Agency. The hearing considered the EPA’s recent finding that greenhouse gases endanger the public health, opening up the possibility for regulation of greenhouse gases under the authority of the Clean Air Act. About 200 citizens, starting with the Governor of Washington State, stepped up to voice strong support of the EPA‘s endangerment finding. The hearing continued late into the evening to accommodate all the speakers. Law, medicine, and science were all well represented. There were high school students and university professors. Notable also were the wide range of voices from the business community. I learned in detail how global warming is bad for coffee companies and bad for fisheries. Read more »
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  • PSR Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen the American Clean Energy and Security Act in order to Protect Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 22, 2009

    Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls on Members of Congress to Strengthen H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, in order to Protect Public Health Read more »

  • PSR Testifies on Global Warming Before EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 21, 2009

    Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency, PSR executive director Dr. Peter Wilk called global warming one of the “gravest threats to health and survival” facing the world. Read more »

  • Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Hearing - Washington, DC
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 18, 2009

    Testifying today before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Peter Wilk, Executive Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), called on the agency to move forward quickly with regulations to control the emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to global warming and creating a serious public health threat. Wilk encouraged the EPA "to act immediately regardless of what action the Congress takes." Read more »

  • Need for Immediate Action on Global Warming: Congress Must Act Now to Protect Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 15, 2009

    PSR extends its appreciation to Chairman Henry Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey for their leadership in crafting a comprehensive climate change and energy bill. They and their staff have taken the first step to transform America’s energy future and to begin combating global warming. The bill falls short in several areas, shortcomings that might cause the bill, if implemented as drafted, to be insufficient to make necessary reductions of the emissions of greenhouse gases in the U.S. Read more »

  • FY2010 Budget: EPA Receives Much-Needed Funding Increase
    Posted by Mae Stevens on May 13, 2009

    On May 12, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee regarding the President’s FY10 budget proposal. The President has requested $10.5 billion for the EPA, representing a 37 percent increase greater than the FY09 budget and the highest level ever for the EPA. After severely decreased budgets during the previous administration, PSR supports the President’s request and is encouraged by the apparent dedication by the administration to carry out EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment from pollution. Read more »

  • Coal fight now focusing on CO2 and EPA
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on May 13, 2009

    Many of you have been fighting to prevent the construction of dirty new coal plants. Now we have a chance to fight against coal pollution on a massive scale, not just one plant at a time. Read more »

  • EPA Finds Global Warming a Threat to Public Health
    Posted by Mae Stevens on April 18, 2009

    On Friday, April 17, 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency proposed an endangerment finding regarding the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The finding, a requirement of the Clean Air Act recently upheld by the Supreme Court, makes it clear that greenhouse gas emissions must be regulated in order to control global warming and protect human health. Read more »

  • Coal Poses Environmental Justice Issues
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on April 7, 2009

    PSR recently joined environmental and Native American groups in raising a legal challenge to a proposed coal-fired power plant slated for construction on a Navajo reservation in northwest New Mexico. Read more »

  • Another Iowa Win Against Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on March 23, 2009

    Iowa PSR, in partnership with sister organizations and the help of dedicated activists across the state, has prevented the construction of a potentially very dirty, unhealthy, 650-MW coal-fired power plant in the town of Marshalltown. Read more »

  • President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
    Posted by Mae Stevens on March 12, 2009

    President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world. Read more »

  • New advances may help stop dirty coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 20, 2009

    Good news is popping on the clean energy front, although the battle is far from won. Read more »

  • Physicians Applauds a Cleaner, Healthier Stimulus Bill
    Posted by Mae Stevens on February 18, 2009

    Physicians for Social Responsibility applauds the stripping of unnecessary funding from the stimulus bill -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- while promoting cleaner energy choices that will help to reduce the pollutants impacting America’s health. In particular PSR opposed funding for dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power. Read more »

  • Using the Media to Highlight Coal’s Threats
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on February 10, 2009

    Working with environmental allies in the “SC Says NO Coalition,” PSR is using the media to educate South Carolinians about the deadly pollutants and global warming gases of a proposed coal-fired power plant. Read more »

  • Distinguished PSR Members Speak Out Against Coal
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on January 27, 2009

    PSR’s Code Black campaign kicked off 2009 by presenting the medical case against the eight, count ’em eight coal plants proposed for construction in Michigan. Read more »

  • The Real Cost of Coal
    Posted by Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD, MSN, RN on January 6, 2009

    To what extent is human health is harmed by air pollution? While air pollution adversely affects the entire U.S. population, certain populations — children, the elderly, and people suffering from chronic illness — are particularly vulnerable. Read more »
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  • Coal: not clean x 2
    Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on December 10, 2008

    Have you seen the coal industry’s advertising blitz about “clean coal”? Our colleagues in the environmental movement have responded with a media campaign of their own. Read more »

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