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The Green New Deal: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Climate scientists are now telling us that we have less than 12 years in which to cut our climate-warming emissions in half or face irreversible consequences. That stark deadline is why we need a national awakening and a new commitment to action.  Concretely, we need to adopt a set of policies that will move us …

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Must-Read: “Climate Change—A Health Emergency”

by Barbara Gottlieb Two physicians from PSR’s Greater Boston chapter have just published a must-read article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.  Entitled “Climate Change—A Health Emergency,” it is a strong and cogent statement of the challenge the world faces from climate change and the responsibility of physicians (and, by extension, other health …

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“Americans need real protection of their air, water and health, not abandonment of the EPA’s mission”: PSR Opposes Nomination of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator

For Immediate Release Press Contact: Olivia Alperstein Media Relations Manager, Physicians for Social Responsibility (202) 587-5232, oalperstein@psr.org Washington, D.C. — In response to the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization that mobilizes medical and health professionals and advocates on issues that …

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Preparing Medical Students for a Warmer World

Now more than ever, in this anti-regulatory and polluter-friendly political environment, the medical community must come to grasps with the imminent health threat posed by the uncontrolled release of greenhouse gases. Op-ed by medical student Christian Cayon in Common Dreams.


Exciting wins against VA pipelines

Valiant activists, including some with whom PSR has collaborated for years, are celebrating two important wins against pipelines in Virginia. Virginia’s State Water Control Board voted recently to reconsider its earlier decision to grant a water quality certification to the Mountain Valley pipeline. That’s due in part to the tireless work of Tina Smusz, MD, …

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“Our organizations are deeply concerned”: PSR and 19 Additional Health Organizations Submit Comments on EPA’s Proposed Rule Changes for New Source Performance Standards

On December 17, twenty health and public health organizations submitted comments to Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler protesting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed weakening of for the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which regulate leakage of methane and toxic gases from oil and gas wells.


EPA’s proposed methane rule rollback would endanger health and the climate

The U.S. EPA is proposing to roll back the rules that restrict methane and toxic gas leakage from oil and gas wells across the country. This roll-back would endanger health locally, and damage the climate globally. PSR responded with strong comments about these health impacts—and 19 other health professional and public health groups joined to …

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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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