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.
October 20, 2008
Human Testing Exposing Children to Chemicals
Survey among science and health advocates reveals toxic chemical exposure crisis in America
October 20, 2008
Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration
Physicians for Social Responsibility and other health advocates surveyed more than 100 thought leaders and identified the Top 5 worst actions of the current administration that have led to widespread contamination from chemicals.
October 16, 2008
New EPA Lead Standard Fails to Protect Public Health
PSR condemns the inadequate effort by the EPA to establish new lead levels that are adequately protective of the public health.
October 9, 2008
Suit Challenges Legality of Proposed Kansas City Nuclear Weapons Plant
Yesterday, PSR and a coalition of environmental and peace organizations asked a federal court to stop the moving of a nuclear weapon production facility because the government agencies involved refused to consider the significant environmental impacts of the move.
October 1, 2008
EPA's New Public Health Standards for Nuclear Waste Dump Based on Politics, Not Protecting the Public
New final public health radiation standards for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada don’t meet long held or scientific standards for safety and appear to have been pushed out in the closing months of the Bush administration, PSR charged today. The new standards for the proposed high-level radioactive waste dump were released yesterday.
June 10, 2008
Physicians for Social Responsibility Joins in Call for Diplomacy with Iran
Dr. Catherine Thomasson, former president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), joined with others today in urging the Congress to set the stage for peaceful negotiations with Iran and decried the increasingly belligerent posturing by the administration.
May 27, 2008
Senate Global Warming Legislation Would Fail to Meet Necessary Targets
In June the U.S. Senate will begin debate on legislation to address global warming. The Climate Security Act, S. 3036 fails to meet the scientific targets that will be necessary to avoid the worst affects of climate change.
May 1, 2008
EPA Proposed Rule on Lead in Air Emissions Ignores Science and the Need to Protect Young Children
While acknowledging the need to restrict the levels of lead allowed in air emissions, the EPA today failed, again, to utilize the best available science by proposing a rule that would allow children to be exposed to harmful levels of lead.
April 16, 2008
Bush Proposal Too Little, Too Late
PSR expressed disappointment in the president’s approach to control global warming, presented today in a speech at the White House. The administration would reduce emissions, primarily carbon dioxide from electric generating plants across the country after 2025, ignoring the well established goal of a reducing all domestic greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent by that time.
March 18, 2008
New EPA Ozone Standard Falls Short, Fails to Adequately Protect Public Health
In a final rule announced yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tightened the national air quality standard for ozone, but not to the level recommended by the Agency’s independent science advisors and a host of health and environmental organizations. Ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog, is the nation’s most pervasive air pollutant.
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.
January 29, 2008
Bush Again Fails to Provide Leadership on Clean Energy and Global Warming Policy
In his eighth and final State of the Union address, President Bush again delivered empty rhetoric instead of real solutions to curb global warming pollution. The president declared his commitment to lead an effort to reach a post-2012 international climate agreement, but this declaration was disingenuous at best. In December, the U.S. delegation to the UN climate summit in Bali, Indonesia, served only to obstruct negotiations intended to lay the groundwork for a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
December 6, 2007
House Passes Landmark Energy Bill
The House of Representatives approved comprehensive energy legislation today that would significantly reduce U.S. oil consumption, expand the use of renewable energy, and improve U.S. energy efficiency. Approved by a vote of 235 to 181, the Energy Independence and Security Act sets the nation on the path to a clean energy future and marks a significant first step to curb the nation’s emissions of global warming gases.
December 5, 2007
Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Legislation Provides Vehicle for Important Senate Debate
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee moved global warming legislation to the full Senate today, marking a significant development in the effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The Lieberman-Warner bill, S. 2191 as amended by the chair, was reported out of the committee with few amendments and likely will be considered by the full Senate in 2008.
November 1, 2007
Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill Remains Inadequate
Despite minor changes accepted by the sponsors of the bill, the Lieberman-Warner global warming legislation, S. 2191, still is inadequate to address the wide-scale emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing global warming. The Environment and Public Works Committee will consider the bill in the coming weeks, and PSR calls on the committee to make improvements so that the bill will lead to the emission reductions called for by the scientific community.
October 24, 2007
White House Strips CDC Global Warming Testimony
Testimony prepared by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was stripped of all public health concerns by the White House before it was submitted to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Most notably, staff at the Office of Management and Budget removed the notation that “CDC considers climate change a serious public health concern.”
October 23, 2007
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Impacts of Global Warming
On Tuesday, October 23, PSR Executive Director Dr. Michael McCally testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on the health effects of global warming. Drawing from the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the likelihood of more intense heat waves, exacerbated air pollution and increased spread of pest and water borne diseases, Dr. McCally called global warming a “global health crisis.”