May 11, 2009
China emerges as a leader in clean coal technology
China has emerged in the past two years as the world’s leading builder of so-called clean coal power plants, mastering the technology and driving down the cost.
Source: New York Times
May 11, 2009
Buzzwords: Rephrasing Obama's lexicon
In the debate over his top environmental goals, President Obama is backing away from "cap and trade." Not the policy. It's the phrase itself, deemed confusing by Democratic pollsters, that has all but disappeared from the president's vocabulary of late.
Source: Los Angeles Times
May 7, 2009
EPA Investigating Aging Coal Plants, Like N.H.'s Merrimack
The EPA is beefing up its enforcement division and taking a closer look at the nation’s aging coal-fired power plants.
Source: Solve Climate
May 7, 2009
Coal-fired power plants: The writing on the wall
The number of planned coal plants across America has plummeted from 150 to 60 in the past five years.
Source: The Economist
May 7, 2009
Bush EPA hid data on coal-ash risks, study shows
The Bush administration kept secret for nearly five years data that showed increased cancer risks from drinking water polluted by coal-ash impoundments, according to a new report issued Thursday. Under President Bush, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials never made public an October 2002 study that outlined increased risks of as high as 1 in 50 additional cancer cases.
Source: West Virginia Gazette-Mail
May 3, 2009
The true cost of coal
Does South Carolina really need the proposed Santee Cooper coal-fired power plant? In thinking that through, we should question the supposed need for the plant and its full range of costs. An op-ed coauthored by PSR's Barbara Gottlieb.
Source: The State, South Carolina
April 29, 2009
'Safe' climate means 'no to coal'
About three-quarters of the world's fossil fuel reserves must be left unused if society is to avoid dangerous climate change, scientists warn.
March 11, 2009
President Signs Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Today President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, which continues the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.
February 25, 2009
House Passes Omnibus Spending Bill, Promotes Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, H.R. 1105, and continued the policy shift away from the build up of nuclear weapons and toward efforts to stabilize U.S. relations throughout the world.
February 12, 2009
Physicians Applaud Conferees for Negotiating a Cleaner, Healthier Stimulus Bill
PSR applauds the efforts of conferees to strip unnecessary funding from the stimulus bill -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- while promoting cleaner energy choices that will help to reduce the pollutants impacting America’s health. In particular PSR opposed funding for dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power.
January 29, 2009
Senate Stimulus Package Shovels Unneeded Funds to Dirty, Dangerous Power Sources
While the need to move forward with an economic stimulus plan is evident, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) points out that billions of dollars in the Senate draft for the stimulus package The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, S 336 - will be wasted on dirty and dangerous energy sources, particularly coal and nuclear power.
January 1, 2009
Big Idea #3: Declare Dane Co. a Coal-Free Zone
Pam Kleiss of PSR Wisconsin discusses the health effects of coal plants.
Source: Madison Magazine
February 13, 2008
PSR Decries Use of Children to Promote Coal
Recent advertisements and web campaigns are using children as the spokespeople to promote coal as an affordable, clean energy resource for the U.S. There is no doubt that coal does and will provide a significant amount of the electric power in this country, but to utilize children as promotional tools for a dirty energy source -- that is reprehensible.
February 8, 2008
PSR Applauds Federal Court Decision to Force Stronger Mercury Controls on New Coal Plants
A ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop stronger power plant emission standards for mercury and other toxic pollutants.
EPA Hearing Held to Discuss Regulating Toxic Coal Ash