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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Health Impacts of Global Warming

October 23, 2007

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Dr. Michael McCally
(Photo: EPW)

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.” To read the full testimony, click here.

In his testimony Dr. McCally also presented the committee with a list of 115 distinguished physicians who have signed PSR’s Medical Leadership Call to Action on Global Warming urging Congress to enact mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions. The list includes a former governor, two Nobel Laureates, former Surgeon General David Satcher and professors from more than 15 medical schools around the country. Click here to view the Call to Action along with the growing list of signatories.

Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also testified before the committee on Tuesday. However, discrepancies between the testimony submitted to the Senate EPW Committee and a draft version submitted for White House review show substantial editing to downplay global warming’s health impacts. Six pages of details on heat stress, vector-borne diseases, extreme weather, air pollution and other health problems likely to escalate as temperature increase were removed from the final testimony by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For news coverage on the White House editing, click here. “This misuse of science and abuse of the legislative process is deplorable,” Dr. McCally said in a statement to the press on Wednesday.

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