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.
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.
December 5, 2007
PSR Testifies on Public Health Risks of Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Transportation and Storage
On Wednesday, December 5, PSR Security Program Coordinator, Jill Parillo will testify at a Department of Energy (DOE) public hearing on the proposed nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Pointing to the significant risks to human life and health posed by the transport and storage of high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Ms. Parillo argues that the proposed facility fails to offer a safe and secure solution to our nation’s nuclear waste problem.
November 7, 2007
Long Term Costs of Iraq War Overwhelming
A report released by PSR with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) concludes that the mental and social trauma from the Iraq war will be with the U.S. for the lifetime of wounded soldiers. The fiscal costs for health care and disability benefits likely will exceed those for combat activities.
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
PSR Joins Environmental Groups to Put Forward Seven Guiding Principles for a New Energy Policy
Recognizing the serious public health threat of global warming, PSR calls for mandatory, economy wide controls on greenhouse gases and comprehensive reforms in U.S. energy policy. Today, PSR joined the Sierra Club, U.S. PIRG and the National Audubon Society to launch a new ad that lays out seven key principles for new global warming and energy policies that will put the country on the path to a clean energy future.
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.
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.
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.
September 13, 2007
PSR Joins NRDC to Release Report on Increased Ozone Threats From Global Warming
People living in ten mid-sized metropolitan areas are expected to experience significantly more ‘red alert’ air pollution days in coming years because of increasing lung-damaging ozone (smog) caused by higher temperatures from global warming.
September 5, 2007
Report Further Documents the Dire Consequences of Global Warming
A report released today by the National Environmental Trust, Clear the Air, U.S. PIRG and Physicians for Social Responsibility demonstrates increased heat deaths because of global warming. As temperatures increase, the intensity and duration of heat waves and heat related events also should increase putting more and more Americans at risk.
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.
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.