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Let's tell the candidates that we’re worried about climate change, and we want to know what they are going to do about it.
Coal-fired power plants are the leading global warming culprit in the U.S., accounting for more than 30 percent of our nation's carbon dioxide emissions. They also are one of the nation's largest sources of air pollutants that damage cardiovascular and respiratory health and threaten healthy child development. Particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, and more than 50 other air toxics are among the dangerous mix of pollutants spewed from the smokestacks of coal plants. Despite this poor environmental record, energy companies have proposed building more than 100 new coal-fired power plants across the country.
The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Safe Energy program focuses on protecting public health, taxpayer dollars, and national security by preventing the construction of expensive, dirty, and dangerous new nuclear reactors. More than sixty years since the first civilian nuclear reactor was turned on, we find a mature industry still dependent on government subsidies and economically unsound, mired in unresolved safety issues, and a threat to public health. In order to address climate change, protect public health and meet our energy needs economically, we must stop subsidizing dirty, dangerous nuclear power and focus on real solutions with renewable energy and efficiency.
Tell the EPA you want strong standards in 2016 for methane leaks from existing natural gas and oil wells.
What do you say about an obscure federal agency that is paid in full by the industry that funds it, then hardly regulates at all? Read up about the FERC, then sign our petition!
The Toolkit is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. Read more »
PSR tabling materials for outreach at students and informational fairs Read more »
This presentation from the 2011 Student PSR conference was led by Dr. David Richardson and PSR board member Dr. Andy Kanter and dealt with the Fukushima nuclear crisis and covered radiation and health and the consequences of such an event in the US. Read more »