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.
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.
April 6, 2007
Global Warming Report Defines Public Health Threat
The release of the Working Group II report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change bolsters the need for immediate action to address global warming. The summary, which focuses on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, is intended for the use of policy makers and lays out the ramifications for human health if we do not act to slow, stop and reverse global warming.
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.
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.
November 2, 2006
EPA Releases 2006 Children’s Environmental Health Report
Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2006 Children’s Environmental Health Report. Recognizing children’s unique vulnerability to environmental exposures, the report openly acknowledges that “There are up to 80,000 chemicals registered for manufacturers in the United States, and only a fraction of these have been tested for their effects on human health. Children are exposed to chemicals everyday, as they are ubiquitous.”
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.
October 4, 2006
California Establishes the Nation’s First Statewide Biomonitoring Program
On September 29, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1379 to establish the nation’s first statewide biomonitoring program.
October 3, 2006
PSR Condemns North Korean Plans to Conduct Nuclear Test
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) condemns the North Korean government's announcement that it will conduct a nuclear test “in the future.” The announcement, made by Foreign Ministry on October 2nd, will add to the tensions surrounding the North Korean nuclear weapons program and makes any resolution much more difficult.
September 22, 2006
EPA's New Particulate Matter Standards Fail To Protect Public Health
Ignoring the recommendations of its own expert science advisors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on September 21st a final decision on new national air quality standards for particulate matter that will fail to protect public health. The EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, its Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, and an unprecedented number of national medical and public health organizations all called upon the EPA to set much tougher standards. Instead, EPA chose to adopt standards which scientific studies have shown are not adequately sufficient to protect the health of Americans from particle pollution.
Senators Lieberman and Warner Craft Climate Legislation
In August, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator John Warner (R-VA) announced their intention to write comprehensive climate legislation to reduce U.S. global warming emissions. While a handful of climate bills already have been introduced in the Senate in the 110th Congress, the Lieberman-Warner proposal is drawing attention because of its bipartisan approach. The test of a good climate bill is not its prospects for passage, but whether it will deliver the emission reductions necessary to avoid the most devastating impacts of global warming.
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.”
Independent Review Determines We Do Not Need a New Bomb Plant
A study requested by the Congress shows that new warhead production is unnecessary, renewing calls for the elimination of reliable replacement warheads and the Bush plan to create "Bombplex 2030." The report, commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE), shows that plutonium warheads have significantly longer effective lifetimes than previously believed, in many cases remaining viable until the end of this century.
Top 5 Worst Actions of the Bush Administration
Senate Should Not Support Old, Polluting Energy Sources
There are a number of flaws in the most recently cobbled together energy bill being touted by the ‘gang of 20.’ Physicians for Social Responsibility would like to highlight two obvious reasons to oppose the bill when it is considered by the Senate this week.