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Oregon PSR helps pass Portland Clean Energy Initiative

Oregon PSR helped pass the landmark Portland Clean Energy Initiative, the nation’s first-ever clean energy fund for climate justice. The Initiative will raise $30 million annually to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, home weatherization, living-wage job training, local sustainable food production and more. Low-income residents and communities of color will be the first beneficiaries. Oregon PSR …

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Powerful op-ed sounds PSR’s themes

Two PSR/Washington physicians, Michael Soman, MD and Mark Vossler, MD, published a powerful op-ed article recently in the Seattle Times. “Climate Change is Killing Our Patients” presents with great cogency a number of PSR’s themes for 2019: that climate change is causing death and disease, here, today; that health professionals are taking action by promoting public …

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PSR Helps Raise Health at COP 24 Climate Talks

As the nations of the world meet in Poland to discuss compliance with the Paris Climate Accords, PSR national board president Pouné Saberi, MD coauthored an article asking: Where is health in the conversation? Dr. Saberi is attending the conference, known as COP 24, and worked with other in the health contingent to write the …

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Tell the EPA: Protect us from fracked gas

Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: They need to retain the rules that require oil and gas drillers to capture escaping fracked gas. Fracked gas (methane) leaks into the atmosphere when oil and gas wells are being drilled and when gas is being extracted and processed. It leaks from the joints and valves of pipes …

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Tell Congress to protect the EPA and our health!

Congress is working on a year-end deal to fund the remainder of the federal government for Fiscal Year 2019, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Congress must fully fund the EPA and not include any harmful policy riders that would block, weaken, or delay critical clean air and public health protections. The Agency needs …

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Greater Boston PSR Fights Proposed Compressor Station

PSR members in Virginia have been fighting a proposed fracked-gas compressor station for years. Now, Greater Boston PSR has taken up the fight against a compressor station proposed for their area. The chapter’s steering committee has sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, criticizing a Health Impact Assessment that …

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Air Pollution Is Killing Kids, But Trump’s EPA Doesn’t Seem To Care

As a fourth-year medical student and future family medicine provider, I have a moral obligation―as does any doctor―to keep my current and future patients healthy and thriving. It’s for that reason I must speak out against acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s pending proposal, misleadingly named the “Affordable Clean Energy Rule,” to dismantle the Obama-era 2015 Clean Power Plan, which set the first and only federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants.


PSR’s 2018 Visionary Leaders Awards

On Thursday, November 8, Physicians for Social Responsibility held our annual Visionary Leaders Awards in Washington, DC, where we honored incredible individuals and organizations for their efforts to advance nuclear weapons abolition and curb environmental threats to health, including climate change. Honorees in attendance included: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dr. Dan Ellsberg, Dr. Arjun Makhijani, …

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We Have 12 Years to Save—or Lose—Our Only Home

Pull on the seat-belt in your gas-guzzling car, folks, and strap in for the worst ride of our lives. This fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a critical report warning that humans have about 12 years—until 2030—before global warming reaches a catastrophic level.