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June 25, 2019

Peace and Security

Oregon PSR and coalition partners at an SJM 5 hearing

Oregon PSR disarmament resolution wins in the state legislature

On June 24, Oregon's House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Joint Memorial 5 (SJM 5), which urges congress to lead a global effort to reduce the threat of nuclear war, making it the second state in the nation after California to pass such legislation in both legislative chambers. The bill was approved by the Oregon Senate on May 20th.

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Demonstration at the White House against war with Iran

Iran: Can we find an offramp?

The members of Congress that represent you can take action to slow the slide toward war with Iran. On April 4, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced S. 1039, Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019, and on April 24, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R. 2354. Congress will go on Independence Day recess this Friday, June 28. Please get in touch with the local offices for your U.S. representative and senators and urge them to cosponsor these bills.

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Rep. Adam Smith with WPSR

With support from PSR, House of Representatives votes to stop new nuclear weapons in Trump's budget

The United States House of Representatives is refusing to fund new nuclear weapons in President Trump's budget. Following on the heels of its announcement that the U.S. would unilaterally withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Trump administration introduced a budget that included development of several new nuclear weapons. These included cruise missiles that had been prohibited by the INF and a new, submarine-launched "low yield" nuclear weapon that would lower the threshold for nuclear war. Thanks to YOUR contact with U.S. representatives, and with leadership from House Armed Services Committee chair Adam Smith of Washington State (pictured with Washington PSR members) and several other committee and subcommittee chairs, the House of Representatives has "zeroed out" funding for all of these weapons from its Appropriations bill. Congratulations! What comes next?

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Environment & Health

Four drilling rigs in Texas

PSR Co-Releases New Fracking "Compendium"

PSR is proud to co-release the latest version of the fracking "Compendium"—brief abstracts and electronic links to an almost encyclopedic compilation of reports, peer-reviewed articles and investigative reporting on fracking's dangerous impacts on health. It covers topics including water contamination, air pollution, earthquakes, climate change and more. PSR partnered with Concerned Health Professionals of New York to prepare and roll out this volume, which provides evidence that fracking for oil and gas hastens climate change and that fracking, fracking infrastructure and the disposal of fracking waste damage public health. You can access this valuable resource here.

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Tucson Skyline

PSR Webinar: Fighting Climate Change Locally through Public-Private Partnerships: The 2030 District Network

As the federal government continues its failure to address the global climate crisis, innovative public-private partnerships such as the 2030 District Network are doing important work to fight climate change with local communities and businesses. Learn more about the 2030 Districts and their efforts with guest speaker Peter Dobrovolny and our very own Barbara Warren, Executive Director of PSR Arizona, at this PSR webinar tonight (June 25th) at 8pm ET.

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Call to Action on Climate graphicc

PSR, Allies Release "Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity"

PSR and 73 other health and medical organizations released a declaration that climate change constitutes a public health emergency and requires changes in practice and policy across all sectors.

The Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda calls climate change "the greatest public health challenge of the twenty-first century," but notes that action to reduce climate change can dramatically improve health.

It calls for a range of actions, including transitioning rapidly from coal, oil and gas and supporting a just transition for workers and communities harmed by climate change or by the energy transition.

The Call was initiated by Linda Rudolph, MD. Dr. Rudolph joined the PSR board in May. PSR was one of a number of health organizations that helped draft the Call.

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Induction Cooktop

Grant will fund work to replace methane with efficient electrification

PSR has received a grant from the Energy Foundation to bring the health voice into the growing national movement to replace gas-burning furnaces and stoves with high-efficiency electric heat pumps and induction cooktops. This movement touches on two focus areas in PSR's Environment and Health program: promoting clean, safe renewable energy and energy efficiency, and reducing and eventually eliminating the use of methane gas as a major energy source in the U.S. The grant will provide pass-through grants to four PSR chapters to conduct much of this work: Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and the Colorado Working Group.

My Green Doctor

Lower Your Energy Use and Protect the Climate with "My Green Doctor"

My Green Doctor is PSR's free practice management service for your office to "go green" and save money. This month use My Green Doctor to learn how your office can reduce overhead costs & air pollution by lowering energy use. The program adds just five minutes to each office staff meeting. There are also free waiting room brochures on the site for your office to use that tell your patients & their families how they can save energy and protect our climate. Start using this free PSR membership benefit by asking your practice manager to register at

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PSR Staff

2019 Interns

Meet PSR's Summer 2019 Interns!

PSR is delighted to welcome four new interns for summer 2019, all of whom bring a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and skills to advance the critical missions of our Environment and Health Program and our Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program.

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PSR Actions

Urge your U.S. representative to oppose funding for new, destabilizing nuclear weapons

Tell presidential candidates: The U.S. must never start a nuclear war!

Tell your representative: Support the "Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2019"

In the news

Interview with Dr. Larry Moore, MD, PSR Colorado Working Group, on the fracking science Compendium
Morning Magazine, KGNU 88.5 FM - Jun 25
Interview starts about 19 minutes in.


Gov. Wolf, examine the health risks of fracking
Letter to the Editor by Tammy Murphy, PSR Pennsylvania, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jun 23


Scientist: 'evidence is tipping' about fracking damage
The Daily Star - Jun 23
Features quote by Laura Dagley, PSR Pennsylvania


Bull Run Watershed land swap to be considered
The Portland Tribune - Jun 23
References Oregon PSR


The Growing Case against Fracking
The Progressive - Jun 21
Features the fracking science Compendium by PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of NY


Growing body of science links fracking to health hazards
Grist - Jun 21
Quotes Kathleen Nolan of PSR on the release of the Compendium


U.S. scraps prison plan for abandoned coal mine
DW News - Jun 20
Quotes Dr. Alan Lockwood, PSR board member


Trump's Plan to Save Coal Country Will Actually Hurt It
Truthout - Jun 20
Features quote by Jeff Carter, Executive Director of PSR


Trump's EPA Calls for Dirty Power As Climate Crisis Accelerates
Sierra Magazine - Jun 19
Quotes Barbara Gottlieb, PSR's Environment and Health Program Director


Gov. Wolf wants more data about how gas drilling impacts citizens' health
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jun 19
Features PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of NY's newly released Compendium and PSR Pennsylvania's joint letter with other organizations to Gov. Tom Wolf


'We Need to Ban Fracking': New Analysis of 1,500 Scientific Studies Details Threat to Health and Climate
Common Dreams - Jun 19
Features quote by Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, interim executive director of Philadelphia PSR


Physicians call for halt to natural gas fracking projects
The Columbian - Jun 19
Features Washington PSR and Oregon PSR's newly released fracking report


The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Emergency
Op-ed by Olivia Alperstein, PSR Media Relations Manager, Common Dreams - Jun 12


Cardiac Events and Nuclear War: Prevention by Cardiovascular Specialists
By PSR member James E. Muller, John Pastore, and Amir Lerman, Circulation - Jun 4


Ban the Bomb – Before Our Luck Runs Out
Cover story op-ed by Dr. Ira Helfand, PSR board member, The Progressive - Jun 1


What a Nuclear War Would Mean
By Martin Fleck, PSR's Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program Director, The Progressive - Jun 1


We Must Prevent War with Iran
By Maureen McCue, PSR Iowa Coordinator, The Progressive - May 31


Letter to the Editor: In Wake of Plant Closing, Coalitions Urge Benefits Protections, Workforce Training
By Chesapeake PSR and other Chesapeake organizations, Maryland Matters - May 31


BLM to review Colorado lease acreage
The Daily Sentinel - May 30
Features PSR and others' joint lawsuit regarding oil and gas leases


Another Win for the Climate: Judge Orders Feds to Disclose Climate Impacts of Public Lands Fracking in Colorado and Utah
Common Dreams - May 29
Features PSR and others’ joint lawsuit regarding oil and gas leases


Shale gas health concerns are disturbing
Letter to the Editor by Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, interim executive director of Philadelphia PSR, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - May 24

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