Austin Texas physician, Katharina Hathaway, joined a national delegation in Washington, D.C. in June calling on Congress to enact clean air policy to protect our community from soot, carbon and coal ash pollution. Dubbed “50 States United for Healthy Air,” over 100 Clean Air Ambassadors emphasized their concerns about the health implications of pollution, especially in urban settings in meetings with their elected officials, the EPA and the White House.
On July 31st APSR Board Member, Elliot Trester, spoke at a press conference at Austin City Hall on the health impacts of climate change.
In addition, Dr. Trester praised President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Austin City Council’s efforts to make renewables a significant part of Austin’s energy portfolio.
Members of the Austin City Council, (Mike Martinez and Chris Riley) and other environmental organizations attended. Special thanks to Environment Texas for organizing this event.
On June 4th, Dr. Elliot Trester spoke to the Austin Interfaith Environmental Network about the hazards of coal-fired power plant emissions and other public health topics. The lecture was well attended with over forty attendees from a variety of organizations including: Climate Buddies - Austin, Austin Beyond Coal, Texas Sierra Club, and IEN members. Special thanks to Highland Park Baptist Church, Chris Searless of EIN, Yaira Robinson of TXIPL, and Al Braden for videotaping and editing the lecture.
An open Letter to Texas Governor, Rick Perry advocating for Medicaid Expansion in Texas
Evidence-based studies have demonstrated that Medicaid coverage leads to improved health status for enrollees. Healthy adults can work, stay working and remain tax-paying responsible residents of Texas. Children can stay in school, not miss a school day due to an asthma episode or a toothache. School districts are happy with fewer absences since their state funds are tied to the number of children at school each day.
Environmental pollution effects all of us. Particulate matter in our air causes asthma, especially in young children. Nearly 1 in 4 children in Texas have some form of asthma.More on Coal »
Several Austin PSR members participated in Global Warming awareness during release of "The Day After Tomorrow", an early foray (albeit hypothetical) into public education of the impact of global warming.More on Global Warming »
Texas has always been considered to be the energy capital of the world. Oil was first discovered here, and the majority of the world's oil exploration and production expertise is based here.More on Energy Security »
Chris Masey of Texas PSR talks about the health impacts of coal.Source: Dallas Business Journal
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For this webinar, PSR's Dr. Alan Lockwood presented an overview of the life cycle of coal and the impact on air, water, climate change, and our economy. Read more »
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