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Heat Advisory: Protecting Health on a Warming Planet
by Dr. Alan Lockwood

Drawing on peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, Dr. Lockwood meticulously details the symptoms of climate change and their medical side effects.

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House Passes Landmark Energy Bill

Senate Approval Must Follow

December 6, 2007

(Washington, DC) 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.

“This bill is good for the environment and good for public health,” said Dr. Michael McCally, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “By raising fuel economy standards, improving energy efficiency and increasing the production of clean, renewable energy, this bill reduces our reliance on dirty fossil fuels that pollute the air and threaten the climate.”

The measure approved by the House would raise fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. The bill also includes provisions that require utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from a combination of improved efficiency and clean, renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal power.  In addition, it would raise efficiency standards for a variety of household appliances.
 
“PSR is pleased that the bill did not include incentives for the nuclear industry. Despite 50 years of government support, nuclear power remains highly expensive and continues to pose significant environmental, safety and security concerns. Additional financial support for this already highly subsidized energy source is completely unwarranted,” McCally added. 

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    PSR and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)'s new report examines the public health benefits and medical cost savings of cutting annual electric consumption by 15 percent. Read more »

  • Natural Gas Health Impacts Symposium

    PSR is proud to have participated in "Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health," a high-powered conference in Boston that brought together university researchers, public health departments and concerned citizens. Watch Environment & Health Director Barbara Gottlieb's overview presentation here, timestamp 11:10 - 46:05. Read more »

  • Fracking Compendium 5 Water Excerpt

    Given the timely and important consideration of the issue by state officials in Florida, Physicians for Social Responsibility, along with Concerned Health Professionals of New York, has released excerpts from the upcoming Fifth Edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. Released in Miami in advance of the full report, this new document contains an up-to-date analysis and compilation of the science on water contamination risks from drilling, fracking, and associated activities. Read more »

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