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PSR’s Code Black Campaign: Health Concerns Spur Grassroots Opposition to New Coal Plants P
SR launched the Code Black campaign last year to amplify the medical and public health voice in an aggressive grassroots effort to halt the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Through Code Black, PSR is informing the broader health community and decision-makers— such as local public utility districts, county commissioners, and public health boards—about the dangers inherent in coal combustion, including its contribution to global warming. By voicing their concerns, health professionals are blocking the licensing and construction of new coal-fired power plants. As trusted stewards of public health, doctors, nurses and other health professionals have the credibility to call attention to health threats and take a stand to protect their communites. Most health professionals know that coal-fired power plants are a significant source of dangerous pollutants such as mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. Less widely recognized is coal’s contribution to global warming. Burning coal for electricity generates a significant portion of our atmospheric CO2, the most abundant of the greenhouse gases. Once in the air, CO2 and other greenhouse gases surround the earth like a blanket and trap heat. The results are rising temperatures, climate destabilization, and public health concerns, including accelerated ozone formation, increases in infectious and vectorborne diseases, and death and injury due to extreme weather. Through the Code Black campaign, the health community is drawing attention to all these ills. Code Black is currently focusing its efforts in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas, and Virginia. We are asking PSR members in these states to bolster local efforts to stop coalfired plants that are still in the planning stage. As many as 10 additional states will be added as the Code Black campaign rolls out. PSR recently released a comprehensive toolkit of Code Black educational and outreach materials, which includes reports on the health costs associated with coal-fired power plants and the medical and public health impacts of global warming; billboard and newspaper ads that communities can use to oppose new coal plants; a poster of coal’s seven deadly threats; bumper stickers; and t-shirts. PSR is also developing model testimony for medical professionals to use when making the case against new coal-burning plants, and a model resolution that PSR members can introduce in medical associations. PSR also plans to expand its web site to include online spaces where members can describe their experiences with local coalitions, post locally developed resources, and share tips and tactics. Barbara Gottlieb, PSR’s new environment and health program manager, is leading the campaign. To obtain a copy of the toolkit or for more information about Code Black, please contact her at (202) 667-4260. PSR

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U.S. and Iranian Physicians Take a Step toward Diplomacy I
n keeping with its long-standing tradition of using physician diplomacy to promote conflict resolution between countries, PSR hosted a delegation of Iranian physicians this spring. Their four-city tour through the United States was meant as a first step toward resolving the impasse between our two nations. Dr. Mohammadreza Reza Soroush and Dr. Shahriar Khateri, founders of the Tehran-based non-governmental Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support, joined PSR doctors for the two-week tour, which included public discussions on the acute and long-term health and environmental impacts of chemical gas attacks during the Iran-Iraq War; a traveling exhibition on the human costs of war and chemical weapons; seminars at UCLA and Harvard Medical Schools; press events in California and Washington, D.C.; and surgical and grand rounds

A caption goes here and could be two lines long without throwing things off. at George Washington University Hospital in the District. Accompanying Drs. Soroush and Khateri were two of their patients who were victims of chemical attacks

in the Iran-Iraq War. These patients shared their stories and discussed the ongoing health effects of their exposures. At George Washington University, they met with doctors to discuss their further medical treatment. Tensions between the United States and Iran make it harder— and yet more imperative—to engage physicians in such medical exchanges. During the tense Cold War years of the Reagan administration, PSR hosted groundbreaking exchanges with Soviet physicians. It was for such direct citizen diplomacy, considered highly controversial at the time, that PSR shared in the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. PSR will continue to be deeply involved in similar efforts to urge diplomatic solutions with Iran. PSR

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PSR Leadership Circle 110th Congress Leaves Mixed Legacy From the President: Consider California From the Director: PSR Launches Safe Energy Program

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PSR’s Leadership Circle
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Anonymous Vita Barsky Christine K. Cassel, M.D. and Michael McCally, M.D., Ph.D. Julie A. Fishman Ira Helfand, M.D. James E. Jones, M.D. and Sandra L. Jones The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation Fred Segal Jeanne Axler, M.D. Beth Bangert Eric B. Bass Susanna E. Bedell Erma B. Bennett Norma Z. Bennett Vernon W. Berglund, M.D. Rudolf A. Bergmann Jerome Berner, M.D. Dr. and Mrs. Robert Berry, Ph.D. Margaret Best, Ph.D. The BFK Foundation Margaret Biggar Henry R. Black, M.D. and Benita Black Eugenie Bradford Peter Broner and Alice L. Broner Christopher R. Brown and Susan Urquhart-Brown Earl Budin, M.D. Patricia A. Buffler, Ph.D., M.P.H David Carliner Kimberly Carter, M.D. Church of the Ascension F. Nelson Chaffin Robert M. Chalfin, M.D. Laura R. Chasin Noam Chomsky Ben Cohen Leonard J. Comess, M.D. Charles L. Conlon, M.D. and Rosemary M. Conlon, M.D. William E. Connor, M.D. and Sonja L. Connor F. Craig Conrath, M.D. and Brooke Walker, A.P.N. Eva Jane Coombe John Corry and Betty Corry Cynthia B. Cristofani, M.D. and Daniel Cristofani, M.D. Irwin Cromwell and Ms. Florence Cromwell Lawrence J. D’Angelo, M.D. The Jane & Worth B. Daniels Fund Mrs. Thomas G. Davis Elizabeth B. Davis, M.D. Lincoln H. Day and Alice T. Day Eric Decker and Susan Stone Jeffrey Dennis Katherine B. Dickson Dorothy Dimont Leland W. Doan, M.D. Richard F. Dodds Linda Dow, M.D. and James Morgenstern, M.D. David M. Dressler, M.D. and Deborah Dressler Gwen L. Dubois, M.D. and Terrence T. Fitzgerald, M.D. Andrew D. Eastman Julian Eligator, M.D. and Rhoda S. Eligator Montgomery J. Elmer, M.D. Mrs. Peter Elvins Dennis U. Evans, M.D. Robert M. Factor, M.D. John T. Farrar, M.D. Roy G. Farrell, M.D. and Leigh Farrell Peter U. Feig, M.D. and Andrea Feig Leonard Florsheim, Jr. John Fogarty, M.D., and Lucy Boulanger, M.D. Norman Foster Charles J. Francis Erica Frank, M.D. M.P.H. John A. Frantz,M.D. and Mary H. Frantz M.D. David P. Frasz, M.D. and Lesley M. 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Hornor Herbert Horvitz and Dr. Louise Horvitz Mary T. Houghton Alfred L. Hurwitz, M.D. Leah Ice James S. Irwin, M.D. George T. Johnson, M.D. and Kristina Johnson Sylvia C. Johnson, M.D. John P. Judson, M.D. and Ann Marie Judson Jane A. Kamm, M.D. Andrew S. Kanter, M.D., M.P.H. Stephen Kaplan, M.D. Anand & Joyce Kasbekar Ellen Z. Kaufman, M.D. William Keener Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keil, Ph.D. Michael R. Kelly, M.D. William Kessenich R. Blake Kessler Henry & Frances Kessler Harry L. Keyserling, M.D. Nathaniel C. Kirkland, M.D. James Knopf Frederic J. Kottke, M.D. Emily H. Kunreuther Philip J. Landrigan, M.D. Nancy C. Lathrop, M.D. Marta J. Lawrence Phyllis L. Leaman, M.D. Philip R. Lee, M.D. Dana J. Lehman Harold Blondin Lenhart, M.D. and Pamela Lenhart Blondin Ruth Lepie John Mishel Leventhal, M.D. Norman D. Levine, M.D., FACR Robert M. Lichtenstein, M.D. Mary Liebman and Charles Liebman Stan M. Lindenfeld, M.D. Lilli Lippmann Harold Lischner, M.D. Randall Longennecker, M.D. Beal Lowen, M.D. and Hattie Barker Amy Luciano Rosemary Luke Thomas Madden, M.D. Gerald Mandell, M.D. Ann Magdalin Markin Jed Maker, M.D. John B. Maxwell, M.D. John P. May, M.D. Anne McCammon, M.D. Robert A. McFarlane, M.D. and Betty H. McFarlane Barbara J. Meislin James R. Melloh, M.D. Dorothy E. Millon, M.D. Morton Mintz and Anita Mintz John H. Morton, M.D. Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Caryn McTighe Musil, Ph.D. Mike Neigoff Diana Nelson, M.D. New York Community Trust-Lion & Hare Fund Amy R. Newell Thomas B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H. Roger Nittler Herbert and Virginia Oedel Eldor Omdahl Paul Omelsky, M.D. Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. and Martha Darling Else Pappenheim, M.D. and Stephen H. Frishauf John O. Pastore, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. John Paterson Philip Y. Paterson, M.D. Lewis E. Patrie, M.D. and Jeanne Patrie Jeffrey J. Patterson, D.O. Ralph Perry Joseph Pfendt Leo W. Pierce Stephen J. Plank, M.D. William L. Price Kirk Prindle, M.D. Jose Quiroga, M.D. John Rachow, M.D. Robert B. Ragland, M.D. Robert Railey, M.D. Oscar M. Reinmuth, M.D. John F. Reuwer, M.D. Celestia June Reynolds, M.D. Dr. Ronald Ribble Diana Rich Jay A. Richter, M.D. and Elissa Ball, M.D. Karin Ringler, Ph.D. and Richard Ringler Betsy Rivard Larry S. Roberts and Maria E. Roberts Thomas H. Roberts, M.D. and Lindsay Richards, M.D. Newton Y. Robinson A.A. Rockefeller and Lee Halperin Allan Rosenfield, M.D. and Clare Rosenfield Mary M. Russell Oswald T. Saavedra, M.D. R. Bradley Sack, M.D. Jean E. Sayre Susan Sarandon Margaret E. Saunders James Scheuer, M.D. and Scheuer Associates Foundation Mark Schiffer, M.D. Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. Vicki J. Schnadig and David Stein, M.D. Robert E. Scully, M.D. Sabah Servaes Robert Seymour and Pearl Seymour Douglas R. Shanklin, M.D. Bennett M. Shapiro, M.D. and Fredericka F. Shapiro Stephen Shefsky John Shepherd,M.D. and Carolyn Shepherd, M.D. Steven M. Shields Bernard Shore, M.D. Jerry Shore Martin Shuler Cappy Silver Murali Sivarajan, M.D. A. Homer Skinner Michael P. Sluss, M.D. Harry B. Smith, Jr. Lee Smith, Jr. Cris Smith and Gail Gorlitz Romaine Solbert Walter St. Goar Susan J. Stangeland Theodore L. Steck, M.D. and Yvonne Lange Steck Kristine A. Steensma, M.D. Robert Stein Paul Steiner Richard K. Stone, M.D. Arthur Strauss, M.D. Alexis Strongin, M.D. Phillip G. Stubblefield, M.D. Emanuel Suter, M.D. Patricia L. Swedlow Swimmer Family Foundation Zia E. Taheri, M.D. and Frances Taheri Taupo Fund William E. Taylor and Villabeth Taylor Brenda Thomason Catherine Thomasson, M.D. Sara D. Thompson, M.D. Arina Van Breda, M.D. John R. Van Buskirk, D.O. Timothy Vellinga, M.D. Polly N. Victor Mark R. Vossler, M.D. Richard D. Wachter, M.D. and Madeleine Wachter John A. Walker, M.D. Curren Warf, M.D. Audrey W. Warfield Barbara H. Warren, M.D., M.P.H. Felix E. Wassermann, Ph.D. and Hannah D. Wassermann David R. 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PSR is grateful to the many individuals who provide generous and critical support for our programs. Our Leadership Circle members are acknowledged at right. Unfortunately, space limits our ability to list every PSR donor.

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110th Congress Leaves a Mixed Legacy C
ongress ended its 110th session with a flurry of activity, much of it directed at the economic woes affecting the financial markets. Lawmakers recessed on October 3 to prepare for the November elections. Before leaving Washington, they wrapped their spending bills into a continuing resolution (CR), which will provide funding for the federal government until March 2009. There are tentative plans for the lawmakers to return the week of November 17 for a ‘lame duck’ session, but leadership in both bodies did not confirm plans for a return before next year. Last minute Congressional votes addressed nuclear weapons funding, nuclear trade deals, and clean, renewable energy development. Fortunately, both the defense authorization bill and the CR eliminated funds for the reliable replacement warhead—a major victory for those of us opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials. The

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fate of this program to revitalize the nuclear weapons complex will fall to the next administration, and PSR will be prepared to address the risks of such programs, and to promote genuine security through nuclear disarmament Although several senators attempted to delay consideration of the Bush administration’s proposal to allow the sale of nuclear technology to India, the Senate approved the U.S.-India nuclear deal on its last day in session. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 298-117 earlier the same week. PSR opposed this agreement, which allows nuclear power technology to be sold to India, despite that country’s failure to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and the absence of appropriate firewalls between its civilian and military nuclear sectors. Both the House and the Senate passed comprehensive energy legislation, but changes and amendments
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participate in action cam‑ paigns and contact your representatives about issues that affect the health and safety of all people. when you become a PsR e‑activist, you will begin receiving alerts as new ac‑ tion campaigns are added to the online legislative action Center. at the action Center you’ll find the tools you need to help you be an

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Would you like to be more involved in PSR’s advocacy efforts? a great place to start is PSR’s activist updates. each of PSR’s program areas reaches out to members through action alerts and e-mail. To learn more about the activist updates, contact us here (information below) and be sure to mention what issues interest you most. Coming to Washington, DC, and have an hour to spare? How about visiting one of your elected officials to talk about the issues of most concern to you? Contact the PSR office at least a week in advance, and we’ll help schedule a meeting, provide you with background materials, and possibly even accompany you on your lobbying call. Contact your elected officials: u.S. SeNaTe, Washington, DC 20510 ☎ (202) 224-3121 u.S. HouSe oF RePReSeNTaTIveS, Washington, DC 20515 ☎ (202) 224-3121 THe WHITe HouSe, 1600 Pennsylvania ave., NW Washington, DC 20500 ☎ (202)456-1414

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e are at a remarkable moment in American history. An economic crisis of trillion-dollar magnitude and a fierce debate about political leadership swirl around us, while evidence of climate disruption continues to mount. We must be careful not to avert our attention from the major challenges to planetary health: global warming, energy, and the environment. How? Consider California. The state has a 30-year history of enacting the country’s most stringent and effective environmental laws. Although California still struggles to control pollution, the state is enjoying significant payoffs in energy efficiency. Thirty years ago, the California legislature passed energy savings policies—against major energy industry opposition. In 2002, California passed, and Governor Schwarzenegger signed, a bill (AB 1493) directing automakers to reduce by 30 percent the greenhouse gasses emitted by passenger vehicles sold in California by 2016. Even more dramatically, additional legislation (AB 32) directs industries to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020. California today uses 50 percent less electricity per capita than the rest of the U.S., reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving money. Remarkable and noteworthy! Thirty years of reasonable legislation has paid off. The moral of the California story is that with concerned citizens,

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California’s auto standards will reduce by 30 percent the greenhouses gases emitted by passenger vehicles sold in the state by 2016. organized advocacy, a strong legislative initiative, and political leadership, we can get the right things done. We ought to study California’s lessons for other states and the nation. Early next year, the U.S. will have new leadership in Washington, so it will be time to go back to work. For PSR, that means giving voice to public health concerns in campaigns on coal, safe energy, and the elimination of nuclear weapons. We need your help, more than ever, to build a safer, healthier, more sustainable future. Please consider increasing the value of your next gift to PSR. There is so much to do.

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PSR Launches Safe Energy Program P
SR has long held that nuclear power is a threat to human health and national security and not a viable solution to climate change. The nuclear industry claims that nuclear energy is the United States’ best answer to climate change and has proposed building 34 new reactors. In response to the renewed push for nuclear energy by the industry and its backers in Congress, PSR has launched the Safe Energy Program to help prevent the construction of these new reactors; draw attention to the risks and health costs associated with nuclear power plants and nuclear waste; and promote safe, clean energy as the lasting solution to climate change. PSR and its allies know that putting our limited financial resources into nuclear power will direct resources away from the real solutions: efficiency and renewable energy. In fact, nuclear reactors are so costly that utilities are demanding that taxpayers and electricity ratepayers bear all the financial risk, although all the profit would go to utility shareholders. In the past two years, cost estimates for new nuclear power plants have skyrocketed from $2,000 per kilowatt to more than $7,000 per kilowatt and are only expected to increase, due to rising costs for materials and labor. Moreover, there is still no solution for managing the nuclear waste, which remains dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years, nor have the inherent safety and security threats posed by reactors been resolved. Safe, clean energy solutions are better alternatives, and faster ones. For example, wind-generated power in the U.S. will increase 48 percent in 2008 alone. A wind farm can be built in one year, while a single reactor could potentially be brought online in six to ten years at best. PSR’s Safe Energy program will educate members of Congress, the media, and the public about the hazards posed by nuclear energy and build support for sound federal policy, both legislative and regulatory, to protect the health and well-being of our population. Working in concert with other leading environmental and nonproliferation organizations, PSR is leading the effort to develop a strategy to steer our country away from nuclear energy. One of the program’s goals is to prevent the reprocessing of nuclear waste. In 2006, the Bush

administration introduced its Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), which purports to solve our nuclear waste problem and enable global expansion of nuclear power, but is, in reality, a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing program that will undermine global nonproliferation efforts, harm public health and the environment, and cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. We need to implement real solutions to climate change and to stop wasting money on antiquated technology that has proven to be unsafe and uneconomical. We hope you share our enthusiasm for our exciting and necessary new program, and we look forward to keeping you apprised of its accomplishments.

Michael McCally, M.D.

Michael McCally, M.D.

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to these bills made it difficult to reconcile them into a single version for the president‘s signature. Ultimately, PSR and its allies succeeded in making sure tax incentives for renewable energy were included in the financial bailout package, which was the final order of Congressional business and was signed into law by the president.

PSR is preparing position papers for the next administration on nuclear proliferation and global warming. Your participation in the coming months will be crucial to our ability to influence the administration on these and other issues. You can keep up to date on the latest developments by visiting the PSR website and stay involved by signing up to become a PSR e-activist. PSR

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