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 14, 2011
Chicago Power and Sweet Home: One Step Forward, One Step Back
Chicago PSR was among public health and environmental groups that spoke at a Chicago City Council meeting recently in favor of a proposed Clean Power Ordinance.
Source: Huffington Post
February 10, 2011
Doctors, Nurses Other Health Professionals Urge Congress To Resist Efforts To Weaken The Clean Air Act
PSR Executive Director Dr. Peter Wilk urges Congress to consider the public health impact of pollutants and to protect the Clean Air Act.
Source: Medical News Today
February 9, 2011
Doctors, Nurses, other Health Professionals Urge Congress to Resist Efforts to Weaken the Clean Air Act
Leading public health organizations announced today that 1,882 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, certified asthma educators and other health and medical professionals from all 50 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to President Obama, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to uphold the protections established in the Clean Air Act.
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 22, 2010
Gulf Oil Spill: Green Energy Is Healthy Energy
Chicago PSR president Dr. Sarah Lovinger writes on the health effects of climate change and the need for a green energy economy.
Source: Huffington Post
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.
May 18, 2010
PSR Statement on Climate and Energy Legislation Recently Released by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman
The long awaited climate bill seeks to address the grave threat to human health posed by climate change. Significant concerns still must be addressed to make this the solution we need.
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)
April 13, 2010
Don't dismiss evidence of climate change
A letter to the editor from Harrisburg PSR president James E. Jones, MD on the science behind climate change.
Source: The Patriot-News (Pennsylvania)
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
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 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