March 19, 2013
Coal damages human health, says N.Y. physician
Alan Lockwood talks to health professionals at Billings Clinic on Monday about the health hazards of coal.
Source: Billings Gazette
March 19, 2013
Joel Charles: Carbon fee offers road map for future
Medical student PSR leader calls for a revenue-neutral fee on carbon to make fossil fuel price reflect true cost.
Source: Lacrosse Tribune
March 1, 2013
Physicians Respond to Multnomah County Study: Coal Train Traffic Could Exacerbate Health Issues
Oregon PSR calls for a cumulative and comprehensive Health Impact Assessment.
January 8, 2013
Clarion Call to Address Climate Change
PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson and co-author Katie Preston outline climate change impact in Virginia and urge that "we owe it to our children and grandchildren to act now for their future."
Source: Roanoke Times
November 21, 2012
Supporting the EPA is Not Enough
Dr. Alan Lockwood describes the health and economic benefits of the Clean Air Act and how strong regulations that curtail air pollution save lives.
Source: Huffington Post
July 31, 2012
PSR Addresses Anti-Fracking Rally at U.S. Capitol
Catherine Thomasson, MD, PSR’s executive director, addressed thousands of people rallying at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 to protest pollution and climate change caused by “fracking.”
July 17, 2012
PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal
PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to urge the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo.
March 29, 2012
EPA Acts to Reduce Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants -- A Critical First!
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds the new standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on March 27 to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants.
November 3, 2011
"Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen
The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.
Source: CBS News
April 7, 2011
Concern Grows About Coal Export Facility Slated for Longview
As the number of coal fired power plants worldwide has increased, so too has the demand for coal. A coal export facility has been proposed for Longview, Washington, and health experts and environmentalists are expressing grave concern.
March 7, 2011
PSR Helps Negotiate Closure of Washington State’s Only Coal Plant
Thanks to a negotiated agreement, Washington State’s only coal-fired power plant is now scheduled to slash its generating capacity in half by 2020 and close entirely by 2025.
February 4, 2011
WPSR and others say NO MORE COAL!
A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.
January 6, 2011
E.P.A. Faces First Volley From the House
The newly empowered Republicans in the House aren’t wasting any time making good on their pledge to throttle the Environmental Protection Agency.
Source: New York Times
August 4, 2010
EPA Rejects Petitions to Overturn Greenhouse Gases Endangerment Finding
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week denied ten petitions challenging the EPA’s 2009 “Endangerment Finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health as well as to the environment. Petitioners included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Peabody Energy Company, State of Texas, Commonwealth of Virginia, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and Ohio Coal Association. Many have ties to the coal industry, whether as coal producers, industry fronted think tanks, or large-scale coal consumers. They had sought to discredit the scientific evidence marshaled by the EPA to support its findings.
July 29, 2010
PSR Applauds the EPA for Rejecting Petitions to Overturn Findings that Greenhouse Gases Threaten Human Health
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today that after several months of careful review the agency will deny 10 petitions calling for the agency to reconsider its determination that six greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
June 15, 2010
Do your allergies seem to get worse each year?
Dr. James Jones of Harrisburg PSR explains how air pollution has worsened allergies.
Source: Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
April 22, 2010
PSR Board President Conveys Message to the White House: Protect the Clean Air Act
PSR Board President Jeff Patterson, DO, carried a strong health message to the White House today about the need for action on climate change to protect the health of all Americans. Attending the President’s Earth Day reception, Dr. Patterson stated that “The health of Americans requires that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the safest, most immediate way possible.”
March 4, 2010
Colorado companies blast Murkowski’s bid to block EPA on greenhouse gases
PSR Colorado president Dr. Roberta M. Richardson discusses the health hazards of coal and criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposal that would weaken greenhouse gas regulations.
Source: The Colorado Independent
February 11, 2010
Clean Air Advocates Challenge US Senator (Audio)
PSR member Dr. Stephen Jay criticizes Senator Lisa Murkowski's proposed resolution that would reverse the EPA's position on greenhouse gases.
Source: 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
February 3, 2010
House Ag Chairman Backs Bid to Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs
A trio of House lawmakers yesterday introduced a bill to block U.S. EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, marking the latest in a string of bipartisan attacks against forthcoming climate rules.
Source: The New York Times