November 17, 2011
PSR chapters continue to fight coal
PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.
November 7, 2011
Keystone XL Pipeline Protest At The White House
PSR Board President Dr. John Rachow, a native Nebraskan and physician in Iowa, is featured talking about the impact of the pipeline on Nebraska.
Source: Huffington Post
November 6, 2011
Pipeline protesters encircle the White House
"Worst of all about the pipeline is it will deepen our dependency on oil, contributing to ever-worsening climate chaos," said Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
October 4, 2011
Environmental groups call for State Dept to step aside on oil pipeline from Canada
The request by Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups including PSR was the latest skirmish in a long-running battle over a plan by Calgary-based TransCanada to build a massive pipeline to carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta to refineries in Texas.
Source: Associated Press
August 22, 2011
Going to jail for the environment
An op-ed on tar sands oil co-authored by PSR board member Dr. Cindy Parker.
Source: The Baltimore Sun
August 7, 2011
LET’S CREATE A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE FOR ARIZONA
Do you know where your electricity comes from? In Tucson, a lot of people don’t really know if you ask them. Actually, the power grid draws electricity from a lot of places. But our own power plant is right here in the South side of our City and it burns coal (in addition to natural gas) to produce electricity. In fact, more than 40% of the electricity in the United States comes from burning coal.
Source: Tuscon Citizen
August 4, 2011
Health Externalities of Coal
10 Minute presentation for public Access TV on the human halth effects of coal burning waste and emissions
Source: Access Tucson
June 9, 2011
Time to get our climate-change priorities straight and go solar
Arizona PSR President Dr. Barbara Warren urges the adoption of solar power.
Source: Tucson Citizen
April 28, 2011
Nuclear Power Poses Big Health Risks
DR. Roberta Richardson calls on Pueblo County Commissioners to vote down the re-zoning of land for a nuclear plant in Pueblo, Colorado
Source: Pueblo Chieftan
April 7, 2011
Concern Grows About Coal Export Facility Slated for Longview
As the number of coal fired power plants worldwide has increased, so too has the demand for coal. A coal export facility has been proposed for Longview, Washington, and health experts and environmentalists are expressing grave concern.
April 5, 2011
Protesters Rally Against Pueblo Nuclear Plant
Colorado PSR Board Member Bob Kinsey speaks out against a proposed nuclear plant in Pueblo County. Area residents do not want commissioners to rezone land in the eastern county as a possible site.
Source: Pueblo Chieftan
March 25, 2011
Wind Blows Coal Away
Kristen Welker-Hood, ScD MSN, Director of Environmental Health Programs provided expert testimony at the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate this month.
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.
March 2, 2011
Coal’s Unpaid Bills: $345 Billion Annually
A recent report estimates that coal’s impacts – including its effects on health and the damage in inflicts on the environment -- cost the U.S. about $345 billion annually. According to the report, a full rendering of coal’s costs would double to triple the price of coal-generated electricity.
February 11, 2011
Colorado environmentalists challenge planned uranium mill
Sheep Mountain Alliance alleges that the state of Colorado did not hold adequate public hearings and that the licensing violates a state law prohibiting uranium mills near areas that already have high levels of heavy metals in their water.
Source: Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2011
WPSR and others say NO MORE COAL!
A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.
January 26, 2011
Experts: "Clean" Energy Standard Should Not Include Nuclear, Coal
If Congress and the White House intend to move forward with a “clean energy standard” (CES), it will be a huge contradiction to include nuclear reactors and coal-fired power plants, according to three experts.
November 30, 2010
Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on Paradox Valley Uranium Mill
The Piñon Ridge plant, located in southwestern Colorado, was recently approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment project and will be the first new uranium processing mill in the U.S. in more than 25 years. Filmmaker Richard Linnett is following the issue for in order to document the community impact.
Source: Paradox Valley USA Website
June 24, 2010
Did the Nuclear Industry and Politicians Learn Anything from the BP Oil Spill?
This article quotes PSR on the dangers of deregulating nuclear reactors, as proposed in the American Power Act.
June 24, 2010
State Deal with Washington Coal Plant a "Huge Disappointment"
Dr. Steven Gilbert of Washington PSR discusses the health effects of mercury emissions from coal plants.