July 17, 2012
PSR to World Bank: Consider Health Before Funding Coal
PSR-affiliated physicians joined with distinguished colleagues from several nations to urge the World Bank to reconsider financing a lignite coal-fired power plant proposed to be built in Kosovo.
July 12, 2012
Groups: U.S. Shares 'Mindset' Behind Japan's Nuclear Disaster
"American regulators and the federal government should take heed," said Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Catherine Thomasson. "This report should serve as a warning that the U.S. has the same colluding system between industry, regulators and government."
Source: Environment News Service
July 12, 2012
Groups: Japanese Report on Fukushima Reactor Disaster Is “Real Wake Up” Call for Sleeping U.S. Regulators
The same underlying “man-made” problems that contribute significantly to the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan are in place in the United States and require preventative actions that go far beyond the limited steps taken far by the U.S. industry and its regulators, according to five groups commenting today on the English-language version of the official report of the Japanese Parliament’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.
July 11, 2012
Green coalition unveils statewide renewable energy plan
Maureen McCue, the coordinator for Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, said "improving sustainable infrastructure not only makes for a healthier economy, it betters the well-being of Iowans themselves."The Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020 unveiled a new plan Tuesday to fight just that — pushing to create 20,000 jobs and save consumers $1 billion statewide each year in energy costs by the year 2020 through development of renewable energy in Iowa.
Source: The Daliy Iowan
July 10, 2012
Coalition Calls for Renewable Energy Jobs
Dr. Maureen McCue, coordinator for the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said moving to more sustainable energy sources would better the health of Iowans.
Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
July 5, 2012
Changes at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Dr. Allison MacFarlane to head the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of outgoing Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s term.
July 5, 2012
The World Bank's Chance to Clean Up Its Coal Act
PSR President Dr. Andrew S. Kanter co-authored this piece on the global health impacts of coal.
Source: Huffington Post
July 4, 2012
Coal trains bring asthma, heart disease
Letter to the Editor from PSR's Dr. Martin Donohoe.
Source: The Portland Tribune
July 3, 2012
Physician Tours Country by Bike to Speak Out Against Climate Change
I am a 56 year old family doctor riding a bicycle across the country to talk with people about the health effects of climate change and why we must quickly replace fossil fuel with clean renewable energy to prevent a public health catastrophe.
June 26, 2012
Progress on Climate Change in Tucson
Three PSR Arizona members have served on the City of Tucson's Climate Change Advisory Committee over the past three years, representing Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as their academic and administrative roles.
June 22, 2012
Activists gather in Maryland to discuss PSR's recent Nuclear Famine Report and the urgent need for action
On Sunday, June 17th, Dr. Mohammad Khalid hosted a reception for local activists. PSR's Director of Security Programs David Hart and Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson asked for attendees to support PSR and help to form a local DC Metro Area chapter.
June 20, 2012
‘Gang of Eight’ Utilities Spent Millions Lobbying and Litigating Against EPA Action While Pollution Contributes to Over 10,000 Deaths
“Coal pollutants contribute to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic respiratory diseases,” said Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director of PSR. “The damage they do to health is severe and widespread. It’s vital that these dirty emissions be reduced. If not, thousands of Americans will needlessly suffer illnesses and premature deaths.”
Source: Salem News
June 19, 2012
PSR supports the nomination of Allison Macfarlane as chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) today announced its endorsement of Dr. Allison Macfarlane as chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
June 19, 2012
2 groups sue to block Navy plans for second Bangor munitions wharf
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, of Poulsbo, Kitsap County, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, of Seattle.
Source: Seattle Times
June 18, 2012
Shut down the Northwest's only nuclear power plant
An op-ed by Dr. John Howieson, a retired radiologist and an advisory board member of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Source: The Oregonian
June 6, 2012
140 Community, Public Health and Environmental Groups Demand a Clean Transportation Bill
PSR sent the letter to the Hill and Administration yesterday afternoon on behalf of 140 public interest groups in the 14 Senate conferee states asking for a clean transportation bill, particularly one without a dangerous coal ash amendment.
May 29, 2012
Nuclear emergency planning overhaul draws fire
PSR's Dr. John Rachow spends more time than most thinking about the evacuation of frail populations such as nursing home residents, because he is an internist specializing in geriatric medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Source: The Gazette
May 27, 2012
Reject the dirty politics of coal ash for clean water
An op-ed from PSR Florida's Dr. Lynn Ringenberg.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
May 24, 2012
The Danger Downwind
A New York Times editorial links to a letter to the president signed by PSR and other groups, calling on the EPA to take action under the Clean Air Act to prevent disasters at chemical plants.
Source: The New York Times
May 24, 2012
May 2012 Newsletter
Austin PSR updates, May 2012