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.”
October 18, 2007
PSR Calls for Improvements in Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Bill
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) appreciates the efforts of senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA) to craft legislation to address global warming but calls on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to make necessary improvements before passing the bill. The legislation, introduced today by Lieberman and Warner, is seen as a first step in implementing mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide.
September 27, 2007
PSR Condemns Bush Administration Hijacking of International Climate Negotiations
President Bush’s decision to skip the UN summit and his attempt to hijack the process for international climate negotiations demonstrates his administration’s continued failure to recognize the degree of urgency required to avoid dangerous global warming.
August 7, 2007
House Energy Bill Takes a Step Forward on Global Warming, Energy Security
On August 4, the House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging energy bill that marks a significant step forward toward reducing global warming and improving U.S. energy security. Passed by a vote of 241 to 172, the New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act sets new efficiency standards for appliances, lighting and buildings and offers incentives for the production of cellulosic ethanol and for the installation of E-85 ethanol gas pumps. The bill also provides tax breaks for the production and purchase of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
February 6, 2007
Department of Energy Budget Continues Down Wrong Path
The priorities set forth in the fiscal year 2008 budget for the Department of Energy show an agency with a mindset stuck in the cold war. The budget proposes to build a new nuclear weapons complex and continues to promote reliance on polluting fuel sources. This budget is flawed, and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) calls on the Congress to reject these proposals.
January 22, 2007
House Votes to Repeal Big Oil Giveaways
House Democrats completed their agenda for the first 100 legislative hours of the new Congress by passing the CLEAN Energy Act (H.R. 6). Approved by a margin of 264 to 163 with the help of 36 Republicans, the measure would provide $14 billion for the development of renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy efficiency technologies.
October 25, 2006
PSR Helps Implement Study of Depleted Uranium
The Department of Defense Authorization bill, recently signed into law by the president, contains a provision directing the DOD to study the health effects of depleted uranium. PSR was pleased to work with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) to pass this amendment to the bill. McDermott also is a physician.
October 20, 2006
President Signs Legislation Containing Rep. McDermott's Depleted Uranium Study
When the President signed the Department of Defense Authorization legislation this week, he signed into law an amendment authored and introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-D) ordering a comprehensive study- with a report due in one year - on possible adverse health effects on U.S. soldiers from the U.S. military's use of DU - Depleted Uranium.