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PSR Calls for Improvements in Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Bill

October 18, 2007

Immediate Release
October 18, 2007  

Contact: Will Callaway
202-667-4260

(Washington, DC) -- 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.

“The reality of global warming is becoming more apparent every day, and the science is clear as to what action we need to take.  In order to prevent this world-wide disaster, we must stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases.  And, the U.S. must meet the challenge of starting now and reaching a goal of 80 percent reductions below a 2000 baseline.  Unfortunately, the bill drafted by senators Lieberman and Warner will not meet that goal,” said Dr. Michael McCally, executive director for PSR.

The Lieberman-Warner bill would place controls on approximately 70 percent of greenhouse gas sources while giving generous allocations to polluting industries.  PSR long has supported an economy wide application of pollution controls with an auction of pollution credits in order to facilitate the transfer to a low-carbon economy and assist those most impacted by global warming. 

McCally added, “PSR’s approach to this is similar to the manner in which a physician treats a patient: what are the symptoms, what are the causes and how do we treat the disease?  We would not prescribe half of the needed medication to a patient, and we cannot support a bill that does not fully address the causes of global warming.  To protect human health and reverse global warming, we need to begin aggressive treatment right away.”

PSR supports passage of the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, S. 309 introduced by senators Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and the Safe Climate Act of 2007, H.R. 1590 introduced by Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA).

For more information please contact Will Callaway at 202-667-4260 or wcallaway@psr.org

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