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  • November 18, 2009
    Coal Pollution Undermines America's Health, Physicians Advise

    Coal pollutants affect all major body organ systems and contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases, concludes a scathing report issued today by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

    Source: Environment News Service
  • November 18, 2009
    Report details 'coal's assault on human health'

    Coal pollution is assaulting human health through impacts on workers, residents near mining operations and power plants, and the environment in coalfield communities, according to a new report by a group of physicians.

    Source: Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
  • October 14, 2009
    Duke Power Co rate increase

    Western North Carolina PSR President Dr. Lew Patrie and PSR member Dr. Richard Fireman are quoted on the health impacts of coal-fired power plants.

    Source: McDowell News (North Carolina)
  • October 1, 2009
    US Senate Introduces Long-Awaited Climate Bill

    Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauds Senators Kerry and Boxer for introducing the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.

  • September 10, 2009
    Wash. says deal will cut pollution at coal plant

    Cherie Eicholz, Executive Director of Washington PSR, discusses the health impacts of coal pollution.

    Source: CNBC
  • August 19, 2009
    Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say

    When government scientists went looking for mercury contamination in fish in 291 streams around the nation, they found it in every fish they tested, the Interior Department said, even in isolated rural waterways.

    Source: New York Times
  • June 14, 2009
    Activists gird for fight over coal plant in Surry County

    PSR's Kristen Welker-Hood is quoted in this article on the debate over a proposed coal-fired power plant in Virginia.

    Source: Virginia-Pilot
  • May 21, 2009
    Climate Bill Clears Hurdle, but Others Remain

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee, splitting largely along party lines, approved on Thursday the most ambitious energy and global warming legislation ever debated in Congress.

    Source: New York Times
  • 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
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  • April 25, 2014
    4th Annual Soul of Medicine Dinner
    Friday, April 25th. Chicago PSR's annual celebration, this year honoring Dr. David Ansell. Free for medical students.