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January 21, 2020

Environment & Health

Fracking on public lands in WyomingFracking on public lands in Wyoming. Photo: WildEarth Guardians / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

PSR Sues to Protect Public Lands from Fracking

PSR and an environmental organization filed suit in federal court this month to overturn leases that permit fracking for oil and gas on nearly two million acres of public lands in five western states.

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Welcome win against gas pipeline!

In a significant win for environmental justice and the climate, a federal court has overturned a key permit for a Virginia compressor station on the proposed Atlantic Coast fracked-gas pipeline.

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Heat PumpPhoto: A. Krasner

Clean Energy Wins: Home Heating, Cooking

PSR has rolled up its sleeves to join a significant new battle for the climate: the campaign to replace appliances that burn gas (a.k.a. methane, a.k.a. fracked gas) with appliances powered with clean energy.

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Peace and Security

No War on Iran demonstration in Tucson, AZ

No War With Iran: An Urgent Week of Action to Prevent a War

The week of January 6 saw several important events and developments in both congressional and grassroots efforts to convince American decision-makers to deescalate tensions with Iran and prevent an all-out war. The situation, already tense due to the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Deal, escalated in the wake of the United States' assassination of Iranian top military commander Qassem Suleimani on January 2. Read PSR's official statement here and view photos from demonstrations around the country here.

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PSR Actions

Iran – Urgent: Weigh in Now


Let's 'START' the Year Off Right!

In the news

Evanston takes stand against nuclear conflict
Sarah Lovinger, MD, Chicago PSR, Chicago Daily Herald - Jan 20


Backyard Heroes
Madison Commons - Jan 19
Features Paula Rogge, MD, PSR Wisconsin, and her work on Back from the Brink


Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change, 1989 and 2019
New England Journal of Medicine - Jan 16
References PSR's work on nuclear weapons and environmental health hazards


How Trump's NEPA overhaul could affect 3 projects
E&E News - Jan 16
References lawsuit by PSR and WildEarth Guardians


Lawsuit seeks to cancel oil and gas leases on New Mexico federal land
Albuquerque Journal - Jan 15
Quotes Barb Gottlieb, PSR's Environment and Health Program Director, and references lawsuit by PSR and WildEarth Guardians


Oregon Governor Proposes New Wildfire Protection Plan
Oregon Public Broadcasting - Jan 15
Quotes Lluvia Merello, Oregon PSR


"Making the Connection" joins the environment and personal health
WORT FM - Jan 15
Highlights upcoming March 6 conference cosponsored by PSR and Wisconsin Environmental Health Network


Support for Clean Fuels Continues to Grow
Port of Seattle - Jan 14
References Dr. Annemarie Dooley of Washington PSR


City Council approves nationwide denuclearization resolution
The Daily Northwestern - Jan 14
Features Back from the Brink resolution


Cities in the Crosshairs Are Pushing Back Against Nuclear Weapons
Truthout - Jan 13
Quotes Alex Jasset, PSR Los Angeles


Climate change is making us sick—and Big Pharma will profit
KYW Newsradio 1060 - Jan 13
Quotes Dr. Daniel Wolk, Philadelphia PSR


Natural Gas Provided False Promise, Deception—Severe Health Problems From "Natural" Gas
Clean Technica - Jan 12
Quotes Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni of PSR, highlights PSR report on "Climate and Health Risks of Liquified Natural Gas"


Study: Fracking could create climate issues
The Inter-Mountain - Jan 11
Letter to the Editor references PSR and Concerned Health Professionals of NY's fracking science Compendium


Lawmakers to give Marion County trash burner another chance to be 'renewable'
Salem Reporter - Jan 10
Quotes Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR


NEPA rewrite could thwart climate fight against drilling
EnergyWire, E&E News - Jan 10
Features lawsuit by PSR and WildEarth Guardians


Acknowledging climate change as a public health threat that will affect everyone
Green Dreamer - Jan 9
Interview with Dr. Mark Vossler, Washington PSR


ENGOs challenge BLM's approval of over 2,000 oil and gas leases
The Nickel Report, Lexology - Jan 9
References lawsuit by PSR and WildEarth Guardians


Film shows it's never too late for action
Half Moon Bay Review - Jan 8
References PSR


The US Assassination of Major General Qassem Suleimani Underscores the Urgent Need to Reenter the Iran Deal
PSR press release, Common Dreams - Jan 6


American varsity, health groups urge Trump to go back to Paris Agreement
The Authority Online - Jan 5
References PSR


Two dozen organizations deliver letter criticizing Governor Hogan's climate plan draft
Avenue News - Jan 3
References Chesapeake PSR


2019 Was the Year That Fracking Fell Apart
Sightline Institute - Dec 27
References Oregon and Washington PSR's May 2019 report on fracking impacts


Public Comment Ends Soon for Bold Puget Sound Clean Fuel Standard
KMAS-AM Online - Dec 23
Quotes Sarah Cornett, Washington PSR


Major Missed Opportunity on Clean Energy Incentives to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Jeff Carter, Executive Director, PSR, Common Dreams - Dec 21


Puyallup Tribe, environmental groups file challenges against Tacoma LNG project
The Tacoma News Tribune - Dec 20
References Washington PSR


The World Is Not Enough, Apparently
Olivia Alperstein, Media Relations Manager, PSR, Inkstick Media - Dec 19


Major Missed Opportunity on Clean Energy Incentives to Reduce Carbon Emissions
PSR press statement, Common Dreams - Dec 19


State Sen. Jen Metzger introduces bill to ban fracking permanently in NY
The Daily Freeman - Dec 19
Quotes Ulster County Legislator Dr. Kathy Nolan, PSR New York


Portland City Council Renews Ban on New Fossil Fuel Terminals
Portland Mercury - Dec 18
References Oregon PSR


Why the U.S. nuclear weapons policy needs to be discussed in the Democratic debate
Denise Duffield, PSR Los Angeles, and David Wright, The Sacramento Bee - Dec 17


Stop the Spread of Liquefied Natural Gas—Before It's Too Late
Olivia Alperstein, Media Relations Manager, PSR, OtherWords - Dec 17


Next step for cleaner air for climate, ourselves
Mark Vossler, MD, Washington PSR, and Doug Santoni, The Everett Herald - Dec 16


It's time to stop subsidizing fossil fuels
Todd Sack, MD, Florida PSR, The Florida Times-Union - Dec 15

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