January 4, 2017
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Welcoming Governor-elect Northam

Chesapeake PSR has sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam congratulating him on his election as Governor and sharing with him information about Chesapeake PSR and some of our policy priorities for the coming year.  Read Chesapeake PSR's letter and learn more about our priorities. 

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Supporting solar energy in Virginia 

 

 

We are supporting efforts to remove anti-competitive solar policies that inhibit the growth of distributed solar energy in Virginia. The Commonweath ranks well below most other states in the region in per capita solar capacity. That is why we are standing with other groups to end Virginia rules that favor monopoly utilities at the expense of a consumer-oriented energy system. This is an important public health issue. Join this effort by signing Chesapeake PSR's petition to the Virginia General Assembly asking them to remove Virginia’s anti-competitive solar policies. We also urge you to sign the Virginia Declaration of Solar Rights.

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More studies on health outcomes and fossil fuels

Our understanding of the links between fossil fuels and adverse health impacts continues to grow.  Four recent studies show that reducing our dependence on fossil fuels would result in significant health and economic benefits. Stay up-to-date and read a summary of these studies.

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Standing up for scientific integrity at EPA     

National Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and a coalition of nonprofit organizations and scientists have filed a lawsuit against EPA, asking the court to throw out a new EPA policy barring anyone receiving grant money from the agency from serving on its scientific advisory panels.  

Under the new policy, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is removing publicly funded scientists from the committees but allowing advocates for the polluting industries to remain on the committees. Those being removed include experts and leaders in the fields of cancer, children’s health, asthma and other respiratory diseases, epidemiology, the hazards posed by chemicals in the home, and risk analysis and decision science. These scientists help ensure that EPA makes decisions based on scientific merit and not on politics. Read more about the lawsuit and EPA's efforts to undermine science.

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Lobby Days

Please consider joining Virginia's conservation community in Richmond on Monday, January 22nd for Conservation Lobby Day. This special day of action is our opportunity to come together as a community and ensure a strong conservation voice is heard early in Virginia's 2018 legislative session. If you are a practicing or retired clinician, please join Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action (VCCA) on January 25 to educate VA legislature about the importance of advancing solutions to climate change and protecting Virginians from the health impacts of climate change.

 

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Coming Soon 

In the next month, we will let you know more about our upcoming events, such as a workshop that addresses climate, health and the Potomac River, as well as our continued efforts to support limits on carbon emissions, stop new pipelines, fracking and natural gas infrastructure in Virginia, and build a path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy in the state.

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Please donate to help us build our Virginia work

Thank you for your support in 2017.  As we continue to build Chesapeake PSR's Virginia initiatives and health professional outreach, we depend on and are grateful for donations from our members. 

Donate today and help us expand our advocacy in Virginia

 

 

 
 

Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment, social justice and peace in Virginia and Maryland. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 


 

 

 

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