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  • 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
    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 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 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.

    Source: BBC
  • 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

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