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November 17, 2015

Environment & Health

PSR Shares in Big Win on Keystone XL Pipeline!

PSR staff protesting KXL at the White House

President Obama’s decision to deny a permit for building the Keystone XL pipeline was a notable victory -- for PSR, and for our many allies working to protect the environment and the climate. It means that some of the world’s dirtiest, energy-intensive oil will not be piped across the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico to be shipped abroad. Slowing down the dirty-energy juggernaut is necessary if we’re to keep world temperatures below the 2°C increase that would mean runaway climate change. PSR worked for years on Keystone.

Help Stop the "Other" Greenhouse Gas!

Fracking site in PAStanding in the way of our much-needed transition to fossil-free renewable energy is the availability of cheap, abundant natural gas. That pretty blue flame on your gas stove looks clean, but what lies behind it is anything but. There's an extraction process based on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") that emits carcinogenic air toxics and contaminates millions of gallons of water per frack. There is also a high level of leakage of methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than CO2 over a 20-year timeframe. Join PSR in telling the EPA that its regulation of oil and gas wells must limit methane leaks drastically.
 

Peace & Security

United Nations First Committee

United Nations

The UN First Committee, where issues of international peace and security are discussed among all UN member states, wrapped up last week after a month of deliberation. Countries voted on resolutions pertaining to nuclear weapons. The most notable were resolutions on an Open-Ended Working Group and a resolution on the Humanitarian Pledge, which over 1,500 PSR members spoke up to support. See the voting results »

The Persuasive Power of the Nuclear Weapons Industry: Following the Money Trail

For Sale: Political InfluenceThis new PSR report by Kathryn Deaton examines how the top thirteen nuclear weapons contractors maintain their massive profit center by influencing U.S. nuclear weapons spending decisions. These corporations -- that employ nearly a million people -- collectively spent $81.6 million per year on lobbying plus $43 million on campaign contributions from 2012 to 2014. The payoff? The U.S. plans to spend a trillion dollars over the next 30 years to maintain and "modernize" its huge nuclear arsenal, though the Berlin Wall came down 26 years ago. Read the report (9 page pdf) »

Security News & Views ~ November Edition

NewsHere's this month's top 10 news articles and opinion pieces to keep you informed about what's happening in the nuclear disarmament movement. Read more »



Chapter News

Student Art Project Focuses on Health Effects of Climate Change

Student Art

In a project sponsored by PSR Arizona, Advanced Art Students at Palo Verde High Magnet School illustrated threats to human health due to the changing climate. See the artwork here »


Support PSR

#GivingTuesday December 1st

Giving Tuesday

Once again Physicians for Social Responsibility has joined #GivingTuesday, a collaborative effort that will harness the collective power of families, businesses, and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. While the day after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping, #GivingTuesday is inspiring people to give to their favorite causes on the first Tuesday of December, which is Dec 1st. This year, PSR has created a DOUBLE MATCH -- so your donation will go twice as far to advance health! Look for email updates in the coming two weeks for your chance to participate. Thanks for all you do to advance public health.

In This Issue

Keystone XL Pipeline Win

Help Stop the "Other" Greenhouse Gas!

United Nations First Committee

The Nuclear Weapons Industry's Influence

Security News & Views

Student Art Project Focuses on Health Effects of Climate Change

Giving Tuesday Dec. 1

Latest PSR Blog Post

The message from National Geographic: "Cool it." by Barbara Gottlieb

PSR Actions

Let's apply the law of the land to the fracking industry! »

Tell Obama: U.S. should lead at world climate conference! »

In the News

Members take action to reduce effects of climate change
The American Nurse
November 1, 2015
Article on PSR's recent Climate Health Summit co-authored by Trish O'Day, RN, board member for Texas PSR and PSR National.

PSR pushes for stronger fracking regulations in PA
Harrisburg Patriot-News
October 20, 2015
Dr. Robert Little of PSR Harrisburg explains the health conditions linked to fracking.

 
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