Never has one generation spent so much of its children’s wealth in such a short period of time with so little to show for it as in the Bush years.
The Bush team leaves us with another debt — one to Mother Nature. We have added tons more CO2 into the atmosphere these last eight years, without any mitigation effort. As a result, slowing down climate change in the next eight years is going to require even bigger changes and investments in how we use energy.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: November 1, 2008
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By R. Jeffrey Smith
The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.
Continue reading A Last Push To Deregulate: White House to Ease Many Rules
Please send your stories to Marge Clark, BVM firstname.lastname@example.org and to Maura Browne, SND Browne@SNDdeN.org
Last week I attended a meeting with staff members from Speaker Pelosi’s office. One of their requests was for people’s stories of the specific impacts of the economic crisis on their lives and their communities. I turn to you for help with this.
Continue reading A Call for Stories
Boston Globe – sent by Sr. Helen Wright
By James Carroll
October 13, 2008
THE WORD “meltdown” came naturally to the lips last week, referring to the collapse of financial markets. But what about a real meltdown? The word came into popular usage to describe the melting of fuel rods in a nuclear reactor, a result of out-of-control overheating, leading to a dangerous release of radiation. But before that, meltdown defined not the accident of a power plant but the purpose of a nuclear bomb – the liquefaction through intense heat of metal, glass, and everything else caught in an atomic blast. Meltdown is the point.
Continue reading Preventing the other meltdown
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
NEW YORK CITY, NY//Sept 26, 2008// For the past three decades, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) have worked with financial institutions to address the needs of the poor to obtain access to capital for: sustainable development, affordable housing in the U.S. and responsible lending in developing countries. ICCR is a coalition of nearly 300 faith-based institutional investors, representing over $100 billion in invested capital. Continue reading Faith-based Investors Issue Statement on the Financial Market Failure
Rabbi Arthur Wascow
If you listen to the hard-headed people who presumably keep us prosperous, Biblical and Quranic economics are, of course, quaint and unrealistic. They’re based on romantic ideas about benefiting the poor, the landless, the outcast. Good for motivating open-hearted charity; bad for making hard-headed decisions necessary to run a successful economy. Continue reading Sacred Economics — Is it Silly? Hard-headed Economics — Is it Breaking our Heads?