Renewable Energy Rx for New Hampshire

New Hampshire health officials and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a national public health organization will release a report tomorrow that concludes that clean power resources can improve the health of New Hampshire residents, by reducing asthma rates, dangerous mercury pollution and nuclear hazards.

Concord, New Hampshire – January 13, 2004 [] The report, “A Breath of Fresh Air: How Smarter Energy Choices Can Protect Public Health in New Hampshire,” also examines the potential of affordable, clean, and renewable sources of energy, which could reverse fossil fuel-related public health problems, such as increased poisonous mercury exposure for women and children, spiking asthma rates and heat-related premature deaths. According to the report, nearly 80 percent of New Hampshire’s energy comes from dirty power, including nuclear, which has produced 261 metric tons of radioactive waste in the state — and coal, which PRS labels “the dirtiest fossil fuel.” More than 78,000 New Hampshire adults and over 20,000 children suffer from asthma, a rate significantly higher than the rest of the nation. PSR intends to contrast what they have called “a dismal public health record” with the natural, human and economic resources New Hampshire possesses to reverse these public health trends. PSR maintains that increasing energy efficiency and conservation while shifting to clean sources of energy like wind, solar, and biomass, would increase jobs while improving public health. PSR’s report, “A Breath of Fresh Air: How Smarter Energy Choices Can Protect Public Health in New Hampshire” will be released tomorrow, January 14, at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building, Front Lobby in Concord, New Hampshire, the State Capital. PSR will also issue the report at the New Hampshire Global Climate Change, Energy Solutions, and Public Health Presentation featuring PSR’s Kent Bransford, M.D. in Durham, New Hampshire at 3 p.m. at the University of New Hampshire Memorial Building, Theatre I. PSR will also present the report on Thursday, January 15, at 6 p.m. at Dartmouth College, Carson L01.
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