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Physicians for Social Responsibility

August 3, 2010

In This Issue
  1. Countdown to Zero
  2. New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
  3. Tell the EPA We Need Strict Regulation of Coal Ash Sites
  4. Toxic Chemical Lobby: Exclusive Leaked Footage
  5. More Resistance to EPA Authority to Stop Global Warming
  6. Companies Outside the U.S. Benefit Most from New Reactor Loan Guarantees
  7. SPSR Elects New National Co-President
  8. Book Recommendation: Apocalypse Never

Countdown to Zero

PSR is using the release of a new film on nuclear disarmament to educate the public on the current risks that nuclear weapons continue to pose for the world. With support from the Ploughshares Fund, PSR chapters across the country are encouraging crowds to turn out for "Countdown to Zero." Bring friends and family to see this important movie this summer. Read More to learn more about this film and to find a screening near you!

New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

We have been engaged in a strategy to build support for New START in key target states. Our efforts have been focused on reaching the persuadable middle and key influencers to secure the 67 votes needed for ratification in the Senate.

Now, we are facing a new and growing level of conservative opposition to New START. Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair John Kerry was forced today to delay an anticipated vote this week on New START to mid-September. If this treaty is defeated, the entire disarmament agenda is at risk. We need all hands on deck for our final push.

Click here to read more and to find out how you can help.

Tell the EPA We Need Strict Regulation of Coal Ash Site

Coal ash, the residue left over after coal is burned, contains some of the world's deadliest toxics: arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, selenium and others. PSR urges its members to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, insisting that there be strict federal regulation of coal ash disposal sites that now leak deadly toxics into the environment and drinking water. Read more »

Toxic Chemical Lobby: Exclusive Leaked Footage

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, of which PSR is a member, has released an animated video depicting the corporate boardrooms of the chemical industry. Check out the "leaked footage" of corporate shenanigans on chemical policy reform, and learn more about why we need strong federal policies regulating industrial chemicals. Read more »

More Resistance to EPA Authority to Stop Global Warming

Sen. Rockefeller introduced a bill that would block the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to curb global warming pollution from power plants and other industrial sources for at least two years. That amounts to a "stop-work order" for the EPA. Join us in opposing the Rockefeller bill and any effort to obstruct or delay action on climate change.

Companies Outside the U.S. Benefit Most from New Reactor Loan Guarantees

A new report by PSR Safe Energy ally, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, lays bare the claim that new nuclear reactors will aid US companies and create domestic jobs. By and large, foreign interests stand to profit the most from US taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for new reactors in the US. Of the 18 applications for new reactors in the US, all have French- or Japanese-owned reactor vendors, almost all will use foreign manufacturers for major components, and a few new reactors will even have substantial foreign ownership.

SPSR Elects New National Co-President

Craig Levoy, a 2nd year medical student at the University of South Florida, recently joined the Student PSR National Leadership Council as co-president, alongside Jessie Duvall. Craig joins the team replacing Tova Fuller, who dedicated many years to the growth of SPSR. Craig brings a wealth of experience in organizing and leadership. More details on the 2010-2011 SPSR plans are forthcoming.

PSR Actions

Tell your senators to block rollbacks to the Clean Air Act! »

Don't slash air pollution requirements for coal plants! »

Stop $25 billion in Nuclear Giveaways in the House »

In the News

PSR Applauds the EPA for Rejecting Petitions to Overturn Findings that Greenhouse Gases Threaten Human Health »

Lessons from the Gulf for Nuclear Reactors »

Book Recommendation: Apocalypse Never

Tad Daley is a writing fellow for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and author of Apocalypse Never, a new book that outlines the reasons for eliminating nuclear weapons and how we can achieve this goal. Tad spoke recently at a House Party hosted by Director of PSR's Security Programs, David Hart. Dr. Peter Wilk, PSR Executive Director, added his voice to this important event. Watch a video of the event here.

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