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  • CTBT Ratification in Danger?
    Posted by Laicie Olson on October 6, 2009

    As the nuclear issue heats up in Iran, one other nuclear issue has been pushed to the backburner by the Obama administration. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which prohibits underground nuclear testing, faced Senate ratification once in 1999 and failed. In his April speech in Prague, however, President Obama stated that, "To achieve a global ban on nuclear testing, my administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty." Unfortunately, the administration has recently stated that it does not plan to take on the fight for the CTBT until a win is virtually assured. Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Bills to Watch
    Posted by Laicie Olson on March 9, 2009

    Last week, two bills aimed at limiting U.S. cash flow to Iran were sent to committee. Co-sponsors hope that by limiting cash flow to Iran, the U.S. might also limit undesirable actions taken by the country. 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 »

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