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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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Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill Remains Inadequate

November 1, 2007

(Washington, DC)  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 Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) calls on the committee to make improvements so that the bill will lead to the emission reductions called for by the scientific community.

“Several amendments were offered that would have strengthened the coverage of the bill, created mandatory science review actions and led to a better allocation of the allowances generated by the legislation.  However, the sponsors of the bill chose to oppose those improvements, changes that are necessary to make the law more effective.  An ineffective bill will not take the steps necessary to protect human health,” said Dr. Michael McCally, Executive Director for PSR.  “We also are very concerned about the subcommittee chairman’s apparent support for changes to promote more coal and nuclear power generating plants.”

PSR has outlined several changes that would be necessary in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and to ease the impact on those most affected by global warming.  S. 2191 fails to meet those tests. 

Dr. McCally also praised the efforts of Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT), a member of the subcommittee, to amend the bill.  “Senator Sanders continues to be a real champion in tackling the challenges of climate change.  PSR thanks him, and he deserves the thanks of the American people.”

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