February 17, 2017
Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt; "Terribly Wrong Choice"
PSR called the U.S. Senate's vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "a profoundly misguided decision." Noting that Mr. Pruitt has a long history of opposing the very agency he will be heading, PSR's executive director stated, "By confirming Pruitt, the Senate has put the health of current and future generations at risk...This is a terribly wrong choice for our nation."
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February 15, 2017
Final Push: Oppose Nomination of Scott Pruitt
Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has shown himself to be a willing servant of the oil and gas industry. What our nation needs instead is a servant of the public’s interest, dedicated to defending our health and well-being. The vote is imminent. Call your U.S. senators today.
February 6, 2017
21 Nobel Peace Laureates Call for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
PSR's Ira Helfand appears on the monitor as he speaks in plenary session of the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Columbia. Helfand is Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. Twenty-one laureates issued a statement calling for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.
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January 27, 2017
We Are Living on Borrowed Time
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved their iconic "Doomsday Clock" a half-minute closer to midnight. Citing escalating rhetoric and "loose talk" on the subject of nuclear war, combined with climate change policies that ignore key facts, on January 26 the scientists placed the minute hand at 2 1/2 minutes to midnight, where midnight represents the end of civilization.
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January 24, 2017
PSR members join the Women's March
PSR members joined the Women's March in DC and other locations around the country to speak out for women's rights, health rights, and environmental justice.
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January 13, 2017
Reject Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
President-elect Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma, to be the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Yet Mr. Pruitt has cast doubt on the science of climate change; advocated on behalf of the oil and gas industry; and sued the EPA to block its health-protective standards. Read PSR's letter to the U.S. Senate, telling them: Scott Pruitt is not fit to lead the EPA.
January 12, 2017
Command and Control is now live at PBS!
Did you watch Command and Control on PBS? The documentary recreates the true story of a fateful accident involving an Arkansas-based Titan II missile. In harrowing interviews, the missileers who survived describe being responsible for--yet losing control over--a 9 megaton H-bomb. "Nerve-melting and riveting!" says Entertainment Weekly. The 1.5 hour film is now available for streaming at PBS.
January 10, 2017
Women's March on Washington
Join PSR in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 21st for the Women's March on Washington to speak out for women's rights, health rights, and environmental justice. If you can't make it to DC, attend one of the local events in your area.
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January 9, 2017
Watch Command & Control on PBS Tues. Night
PBS affiliates nationwide will air the new documentary "Command and Control" on January 10 ~ the riveting true story of Arkansas-based Air Force missileers as they grapple with an accident involving a Titan II missile and its 9-megaton nuclear warhead. Right after Obama's Farewell Address in Eastern and Central time zones, 9:00pm most other locations. Check your local listings.
Watch the film trailer here.
January 6, 2017
Congress Needs to Protect Our Health by Opposing Anti-Health Bills
The attacks on public health and safety have begun. The House of Representatives just introduced two bills that will jeopardize federal rules that protect our health and safety. These bills are just the first attacks on clean air, clean water, climate and health. PSR will be standing strong to fight back and defend health.
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January 4, 2017
Welcome to Jeff Carter, JD, PSR's New Executive Director
Jeff brings strong leadership experience, contacts on the Hill, and the knowledge to guide our wonderful network to defend the EPA, stop the most egregious cabinet nominations, reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and build a new energy economy at the state level. He looks forward to getting to know our supporters and activists.
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December 27, 2016
UN paves the way for unprecedented Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty negotiations
In a historic victory for nuclear disarmament backers including PSR, IPPNW and ICAN, the United Nations General Assembly voted December 23 with an overwhelming 70% majority to convene negotiations in 2017 for a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. This General Assembly vote followed an October vote in the UN First Committee.
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December 20, 2016
Partial Victory: EPA Prohibits Harmful Ingredients from Pesticides
In response to a lawsuit by PSR, the Center for Environmental Health and Beyond Pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has acted to prohibit 72 dangerous inert ingredients from use in pesticides. The lawsuit had asked the EPA to require that pesticide labels disclose over 300 inert ingredients. We lost the lawsuit, but in response to our advocacy, EPA took action. Learn which ingredients they banned here.
December 15, 2016
PSR Calls for 100% Renewable Energy
PSR was one of over 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses calling on Congress recently to support powering the nation entirely with renewable energy. In a letter, we urged support for bills introduced into the U.S. House and Senate recommending a rapid, steady shift to 100 percent renewable energy. Watch for more action on this in 2017!
December 13, 2016
New patient handout on hormone-disrupting chemicals and consumer products
Our bodies are run by a system of hormones that control just about every bodily function. Chemicals in products like plastics can mimic hormones and disrupt the endocrine system, increasing health problems. Read our new handout and learn how to reduce your exposure.
December 6, 2016
"Stunning" win at Standing Rock
There was heartening news from Standing Rock, ND: The Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would seek an alternative route for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their decision represents a huge win for the Lakota people and their supporters, who rallied by the thousands (including some PSR leaders) to protect Lakota sacred lands and water. However, it is not a defeat of the pipeline.
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December 5, 2016
President-elect Trump: Rescind Genl. Mike Flynn as Natl. Security Advisor
Physicians for Social Responsibility is proud to be among 53 organizations signing a joint December 5 letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him to rescind General Michael Flynn's appointment. An excerpt: "General Flynn's appointment as National Security Advisor is a frightening prospect for anyone who values America's national security and ability to promote stability and prosperity around the globe."
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December 5, 2016
PSR and Environmental Leaders Call on President-Elect Trump to Renounce Hate, Rescind Bannon and Sessions Appointments
PSR in coalition with twenty-five leading environmental organizations spoke out against hate crimes and threats against minorities in the wake of the presidential election. To achieve a healthy future we must work in solidarity with national and global movements for civil rights, social justice and an inclusive economy.
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November 30, 2016
PSR members support Standing Rock
Generous PSR members total raised $2,040 to support the medics and healers at Standing Rock, where thousands of people are protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The donation purchased three solar panel generator kits for use by the Medic and Healer Council, with the remaining funds supporting the healers' general supply account. Over 2,000 PSR members also signed a letter calling on President Obama to "immediately and permanently end construction" of the pipeline.
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November 29, 2016
Health Threats from Natural Gas Infrastructure
We're aware of the air pollution, water pollution, and significant leaks of methane associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking). But how many of us knew that transporting fracked natural gas by pipeline transports many of those health threats to communities far from any fracking wells? PSR's newest educational slide show identifies the risks. Barb Gottlieb, Environment & Health director, debuted the slide show recently in Virginia. Click here to download.