June 11, 2010
The Defeat of Senator Murkowski's Dirty Air Act represents a big win for safeguarding public health
The U.S. Senate defeated, 47 – 53, the Murkowski Dirty Air Act resolution, which would have tied the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) hands to control carbon pollution. By rejecting this resolution, the majority of the Senate voted to base U.S. climate policy on the burgeoning scientific evidence that climate change is underway, that human activity is a major driver of carbon pollution, and that urgent action is needed to protect human health and the environment.
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.”
April 18, 2010
Allergies another unfortunate result of climate change
PSR's Dr. James Plumb explains how air pollution and heat waves impact human health.
Source: Hazleton Standard-Speaker (Pennsylvania)
March 16, 2010
Environmentalists warn Surry coal plant will endanger Hampton Roads
Kristen Welker-Hood, Environment & Health Program Director for PSR, spoke out against a proposed coal plant in Virginia.
Source: Daily Press (Virginia)
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 12, 2010
PSR testifies for stronger ozone limits
PSR testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently, urging the Agency to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, NAAQS, for ground-level ozone.
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
January 28, 2010
Hamilton biomass plant brings jobs, controversy
PSR member Dr. Ron Saff is quoted on the environmental impact of a proposed biomass plant.
Source: Suwannee Democrat (Florida)
January 12, 2010
New EPA Ozone Limits -- A Great Way to Start the New Year!
An article on the EPA's new ozone standard discusses PSR's recent work exposing the dangers of coal-fired power plants.
Source: Burnt Orange Report
January 7, 2010
EPA seeks stricter limits on smog pollutants
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed limiting the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air from 75 to between 60 and 70 parts per billion for any eight-hour period, significantly tightening rules the Bush administration had set for the nation's most widespread air pollutant.
Source: The Washington Post
January 6, 2010
Health and Safety Risks of Carbon Capture and Storage
An article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally discussing the dangers of carbon capture and storage. Full article requires subscription.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
January 5, 2010
Capitol Hill loves carbon storage technology. But are lawmakers overlooking risks?
A new article by PSR's Dr. John Fogarty and Dr. Michael McCally, published in JAMA, warns of the dangers of carbon capture and sequestration.
Source: The Hill
December 8, 2009
Coal Report Secures National, International Media Coverage
The newly released report has garnered substantial media coverage across the country. Utilizing a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, a briefing in the U.S. Senate, a nationwide media drive, and media outreach by PSR chapters, PSR was successful in bringing this important report to the attention of a huge audience coast to coast.
December 7, 2009
US Dept of Energy Says 'No' to Jamestown, NY's Dirty Coal Proposal
Dr. Alan Lockwood, a PSR board member, applauds the Department of Energy's decision not to fund a proposed coal plant in Jamestown, New York.
Source: Environmental Advocates of New York
December 3, 2009
2 More Utilities Retiring Aging Coal Plants in Wake of Health Report
It's the right move for health reasons, too, as Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) found when it took an in-depth look at coal's impacts on human health and mortality. In a report released last month, the medical and public health group connected coal and its emissions to a number of serious health issues, including increased risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and lowered IQ’s.
November 30, 2009
Prologue to Copenhagen: Fasts, Lock Downs, Sit-Ins, Die-Ins for Climate Justice Across the Nation
On the 10th anniversary of the Seattle globalization protests, today's actions also took place on the heels of a new study by the Physicians for Social Responsibility that coal "contributes to four of the top five causes of mortality in the U.S. and is responsible for increasing the incidence of major diseases already affecting large portions of the U.S. population."
Source: Huffington Post
November 27, 2009
Medical Group Denounces Coal in Critical Report
So you thought smoking cigarettes was bad for your health? Try living next to a coal-fired power plant. That’s the diagnosis Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) relayed to the public in a comprehensive medical study released on November 18, called Coal’s Assault on Human Health. In it, the organization, comprised of physicians and public health experts, claims that coal pollutants damage every major organ in the human body and contributes to four of the top five leading causes of death in the United States.
Source: Online Journal
November 24, 2009
State home to some of oldest coal-fired power plants in U.S.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is another group calling for tougher regulations on existing coal-fired power plants, said Dr. Maureen McCue of Iowa City, who is active with that group. “The health impacts of coal are direct, measurable, serious and significant,” she said.
Source: Globe Gazette (Iowa)
November 24, 2009
EPA proposes sulfur dioxide limits for first time since 1971
Dr. Alan Lockwood, the lead author of PSR's new report "Coal's Assault on Human Health", discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.