April 22, 2009
US to spend $6 billion on Cold War weapons cleanup
The Energy Department will spend $6 billion as part of President Barack Obama's stimulus package to clean up nuclear weapons sites at Cold War-era facilities, with more than half the money going to sites in Washington and South Carolina, a senior official told Congress on Wednesday.
Source: Associated Press
April 21, 2009
A letter to the editor by Steven Starr, a senior scientist for PSR, on the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons.
Source: Kansas City Star
April 12, 2009
Welcome shift in nuclear policy
A letter to the editor on President Obama's recent nuclear policy statements by Jason Chao, M.D., president of Northeast Ohio PSR.
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 9, 2009
China glad to see improvement of U.S.-Iran relations
China is glad to see the United States mending relations with Iran and it supports the resolution of Iran's nuclear issues via dialogue and negotiations, the Foreign Ministry announced here Thursday. "China encourages Iran to make active contact with the concerned parties in a bid to seek a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to Iran's nuclear issue," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
Source: China View
April 9, 2009
U.S. to join group negotiating with Iran
The decision by the Obama administration on addressing nuclear concerns breaks with Bush policy, which had largely sought to isolate Tehran. The U.S. doesn't rule out bilateral talks.
Source: Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2009
PSR Applauds President Obama’s Commitment to Seek a World Without Nuclear Weapons
During their recent meeting in London, President Barack Obama engaged Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in groundbreaking efforts to achieve “a nuclear [weapons] free world.” PSR applauds the presidents of both countries for their commitment to this essential goal. In his speech in Prague on Sunday, April 5, President Obama went on to lay out a bold agenda to turn that goal into reality.
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.
March 7, 2009
Clinton predicts new arms treaty with Russia
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted on Friday that the United States and Russia will complete a new strategic arms reduction treaty by the end of this year and that Moscow and Washington can find common ground on other issues.
Source: Associated Press
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.
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.
September 22, 2008
Addressing the Nuclear Threat
During the Presidential Primaries the question was raised of which candidate is most ready for the “3 AM phone call.” As the Presidential contenders prepare for the September 26 debate on national security, a more immediate question is who is prepared to address the fact that the Doomsday Clock is set at five minutes to midnight?
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.
January 29, 2008
New Direction Needed in Negotiations with Iran
Despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) finding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, President Bush continues to present a bellicose attitude toward Iran. PSR believes that the time is ripe for a policy of direct diplomacy with Iran, a position also called for in the bipartisan Iraq Study Group’s 2006 report.
October 4, 2007
PSR Physician Finds Regional Nuclear War Could Kill One Billion People
An international conference of physicians in London today will examine the consequences of a regional nuclear war. Dr. Ira Helfand, a practicing physician and board member of PSR will present a paper arguing that even a limited use of nuclear weapons could cost more than a billion lives globally.
August 20, 2007
PSR Joins Indian Physicians in Calling for Rejection of Nuclear Accord
Today Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined with Indian Doctors for Peace and Development in calling on their respective governments to end the nuclear power accord being promoted by the leaders of the two countries. “Through the U.S.-India nuclear deal, the two governments have come to an unhealthy accommodation by which the United States overturns decades of its own law and practice in combating nuclear proliferation and India rejects its proud history of advocating nuclear disarmament,” said Dr. Michael McCally, executive director for PSR.
June 29, 2007
Time for a New Direction at Los Alamos National Lab
At a time when lab officials are celebrating the past, PSR and its allies are looking to the future. Despite Los Alamos National Laboratory's continued reliance on nuclear weapons work, PSR and others are suggesting that it is time to retool the lab in order to address the real national security threats that have surfaced since the end of the Cold War.
May 23, 2007
Reliable Replacement Warhead Proposal a Dud
The Energy and Water Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee today eliminated all funding in fiscal year 2008 for the reliable replacement warhead (RRW), the first of a proposed series of new hydrogen bombs designed to replace a major portion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
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 24, 2007
PSR Responds to the President’s State of the Union Address
PSR is pleased the president acknowledges the energy crisis looming in this country and the challenges we face in addressing global warming. However, once again the president’s proposals are far short of the leadership we need in these areas.
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.