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February 20, 2018

Peace and Security

Olympic Truce

Extend the Olympic Truce,
Prevent War with North Korea

The Olympic Truce is a tradition that dates back to the original Olympic Games of Ancient Greece. In 2018, the truce is fraught with extra meaning. To cool tensions before the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Trump administration agreed to postpone joint military exercises with South Korea while North Korea has refrained from conducting ballistic missile or nuclear weapons tests. An unofficial "freeze-for-freeze" has come about, and with it, an opportunity to open up negotiations to defuse the ongoing nuclear-armed standoff. Help PSR advocate for diplomacy to prevent war with North Korea.

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Security News & Views

Here are this month's top op-eds, news articles, and media hits to keep you informed about what's happening in the universe of nuclear disarmament.

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Environment & Health


PSR, ACEEE to Unveil New Report on
Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs, cuts pollution—and benefits public health. On February 21, PSR and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will release a pioneering new study that examines how cutting annual electric consumption by 15 percent would reduce heart attacks, respiratory illnesses, emergency room visits for asthma attacks, and premature deaths. The report ranks the top beneficiaries among the states and the 50 largest U.S. cities. Join us for a webinar/press event on February 21 at 10 a.m. ET featuring Barbara Gottlieb, PSR's Environment & Health director, and pediatrician and PSR activist Ned Ketyer, MD, FAAP.

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Solar Roof

New webinar series:
Bringing Clean Renewable Energy to the States

PSR and chapters have joined forces to hasten the adoption of 100 percent clean renewable energy. We're also working to stop fracking and to assure that renewables are not squeezed out by fracked gas or nuclear power. To ready our activists, we're lining up a series of informative webinars. The first three will address the health effects of fracked-gas pipelines; why nuclear power is neither renewable nor clean; and the health benefits of energy efficiency. Interested? Sign up here to receive notification of dates and details.

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PSR Actions

Don't let the spending bill become a polluter's wishlist.


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In the news

Dr. Victor Sidel, Public Health Champion, Is Dead at 86 - The New York Times


Despite Trump tariff, solar will remain cheapest option - Arizona Daily Star


A Nuclear Plan in Dangerous Times - The New York Times

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