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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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Tell Congress: Protect our Health -- Oppose extreme anti-health bills

January 4, 2017

The attacks on public health and safety protections have begun.

The House of Representatives this week is introducing two bills that would jeopardize federal rules that protect our air, water and overall safety.

  • The "REINS Act" would require that any new major federal agency rule be jointly approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives before it could be enacted into law. If a joint resolution of approval were not issued within 70 days, the rule would not take effect.
  • The Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2017 would allow Congress to arbitrarily reject, for any reason, any regulations finalized near the end of a presidential term.

These bills could delay or block clean air and clean water safeguards—like the recently passed rule to curb climate-damaging methane pollution from the oil and natural gas industry.

And they are unnecessary. Because regulatory agencies can only take actions that have been designated by Congress in authorizing legislation, Congress already has the final say when it comes to agency rulemaking.

Congress should ensure that federal agencies enforce laws designed to protect our water, air quality and public health—not curb the power of these agencies to carry out their mission.

All of us suffer when health-protective rules are weakened, delayed or blocked.  And children, low-income communities, communities of color, and people with chronic disease suffer most.

Don't stand for it. Tell your representative you oppose the REINS Act and the Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2017—and they should too.

With a new Congress and a new Administration coming into office, these bills are just the first of the attacks to come on clean air, clean water, climate and health. We anticipate many more. PSR will be standing strong to fight back and defend health. Thank you for standing with us.

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    Former executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Catherine Thomasson, MD, presents findings from PSR's report "Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas". It is based on summaries of recent medical and scientific studies which clearly convey the health threats that accompany use of methane as a fuel. Read more »

  • Webinar: The Fight for Solar

    Solar energy is one of our best hopes for a clean energy future – yet some utility companies are trying to stifle the spread of rooftop solar. Learn more about the fight for rooftop ("distributed") solar. Read more »

  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Fact Sheet

    RGGI has significantly reduced air pollution from fossil fuel power plants, improving the health of people living in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Read more »

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    PSR's new PowerPoint presentation on how climate change impacts food production, and agriculture's contribution to climate change.