Last updated on: 12/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, existing renewable energy technologies are capable of meeting the entire U.S. need for electricity by the year 2020. Solar energy could produce 100 percent of electricity demanded in the U.S. on .3 percent of the nation’s land, while wind power could create 2.6 times the amount of electricity used in the U.S. with turbines in just twelve states.

A change in fuels would also have benefits in the area of transportation. According to the Department of Agriculture, biofuels could make up 37 percent of transportation fuels in the U.S. by 2025. If combined with the use of fuel-efficient vehicles, this percentage could rise to 75 percent. Further advances in technology, such as the use of hydrogen fuel cells, and an increase in the use of hybrid vehicles would create further benefits.”

“Green Energy Notes,” www.psr.org (accessed Dec. 23, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Physicians for Social Responsibility is a non-profit advocacy organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to stop nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment…

Founded in 1961, PSR led the campaign to end atmospheric nuclear testing by documenting the presence of Strontium 90, a byproduct of atomic testing, in children’s teeth. During the following two decades, PSR’s work to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear war grew into an international movement with the founding of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. In 1985, PSR shared the Nobel Peace Price awarded to IPPNW for building public awareness and pressure to end the nuclear arms race.

During the 1990s, PSR built on this record of achievement by helping to end nuclear warhead production and winning a comprehensive ban on all nuclear tests.”

“About PSR,” www.psr.org (accessed Dec. 23, 2008)

Mission:

“Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival…

PSR’s vision is a healthy, just and peaceful world for present and future generations.”

“PSR’s Mission and Vision,” www.psr.org (accessed Dec. 23, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?
  2. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?