As we all know, literature has much more power than polemics. The Food & Drug Administration owes its existence to an Upton Sinclair novel, "The Jungle." Efforts to improve the lot of farm workers drew their initial sustenance from John Steinbeck's novel, "The Grapes of Wrath." And the modern consciousness on treatment of African-Americans can be traced to Richard Wright's 1940 novel, "Native Son." Indeed, literary critic Irving Howe declared: "The day 'Native Son' appeared, American culture was changed forever."
Trillium Asset Management’s Simon Billenness will attend BP Amoco’s annual meeting in London on April 19. Simon will speak in support of a shareholder resolution urging BP Amoco to take further steps toward becoming a sustainable energy company. The resolution urges the company to plan and conduct business in radical new ways. “Protecting the climate will require a radical rethink of energy policy and a move away from fossil fuels, leaving most of the world’s total fossil fuel resource below the ground.”