Skip to Navigation
Skip to Content
Share this page

Support PSR!

Your membership supports PSR's work to reduce global warming, eliminate toxics in our environment and abolish nuclear weapons. YOU make our work possible. Thank you.

Donate Now »

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.

On sale now! Enter code M17ENV25 at checkout for 25% discount.

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

Action Alerts

More action alertsĀ»

Resources

  • 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 »

  • Ash in Lungs

    PSR and Earthjustice's new report explores the health impacts of breathing coal ash dust. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • March 3, 2018
    WPSR Annual Dinner and Fundraiser
    Join Washington PSR for a reception, a delicious meal, keynote address by David Korten, presentation of the 2018 Paul Beeson and Malcolm Peterson awards, and a live auction.