Chesapeake PSR

  Climate Change and Energy

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) actively promotes clean renewable energy and energy-efficient programs and policies.  We also build the knowledge base and advocacy skills of health professionals and health advocates so that they can play a meaningful part in addressing issues related to climate change, energy choices, and human health. 

Fossil fuel energy production in Maryland emits dangerous amounts of pollutants into the air, leading to a variety of serious health issues including, respiratory ailments, heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer. Fossil fuels also produce greenhouse gases. These greenhouse gases cause our planet to warm and our climate to change. A warmer world increases health risks such as extreme weather events, heat, air pollution, allergies, water pollution and infectious disease.

To address these impacts, Chesapeake PSR supports efforts to:

  • Increase the amount of clean, renewable energy used in Maryland.
  • Train and educate health and medical professionals and the general public about how climate change, and the use of fossil fuels and other dirty energy sources affect our health.
  • Reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and other harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants in Maryland.
  • Oppose the expansion of dirty and/or dangerous energy such as coal, incineration and nuclear power.
  • Oppose the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Maryland.
  • Ensure the fair treatment and involvement of all people in the development of Maryland’s energy choices.

Read more about Chesapeake PSR's positions on climate change and energy