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 Counters Trump's Attack on Climate Change Protections

March 28, 2017

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jeff Carter, 202-667-4260,

Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2017) – Today President Trump issued an Executive Order directing federal agencies to roll back protections designed to address climate change and protect communities. Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Carter released the following statement in response:

"President Trump's abandonment of the Clean Power Plan and the standards that set carbon dioxide emission limits for new power plants is a foolish, reckless decision that will endanger public health, our environment, and our economic prosperity.

"The order also requires government agencies to re-assess the social cost of carbon – an important estimate of the damage caused by climate change – and leaves the door open to abandoning it altogether. But the President may be surprised to learn that ignoring the damage caused by climate change won't actually make the problem go away. Climate change is real, and it has serious health consequences.

"The National Climate Assessment released in 2014 said: 'Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, and illnesses transmitted by food, water and diseases carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks.' The World Health Organization estimates climate change will be responsible for about 240,000 deaths per year by 2030.

"The American people do not want the government to ignore the health impacts of climate change. Fifty-nine percent of them maintain that protecting the environment is more important than developing energy from fossil fuel sources. Over seven in 10 favor development of alternative energy versus oil, gas, and coal.

"At a time when action is called for, President Trump has chosen instead to ignore public opinion, abdicate his responsibility, and undermine the health of our kids. He and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt continue to send a clear message to American families: your health simply doesn't matter to us."


Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is a scientific and educational organization with approximately 40,000 members and supporters and with chapters throughout the United States. Our mission is to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @psrnational.

Related Contact

Action Alerts

More action alertsĀ»


  • Webinar: Health Risks of Nuclear Power

    As PSR chapters promote the transition to clean renewable energy, some are finding that nuclear power is being proposed as renewable. This webinar explores exactly why nuclear is not clean, not safe and not renewable. 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 »

  • Natural Gas: Not a healthy or climate-protective solution for the Clean Power Plan

    Building natural gas plants to replace coal-fired power is not a solution to the climate crisis; it merely replaces one fossil fuel with another. Read more »

In the Spotlight

  • April 28, 2018
    2018 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship Awards Ceremony
    Join Oregon PSR to celebrate the high school student winners of this year's scholarship. Featuring keynote speaker Marshallese anti-nuclear and climate activist and poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. April 28 at 6 pm in Portland, Oregon.