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The most efficient ways to curb climate change


You have $1 million to spend on abating climate change. How would you spend it to get the most for your money? On more energy-efficient technologies? On raising fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles? On research for wind power generation?

According to a recent paper by David Wheeler and Dan Hammer, climate change experts at the Center for Global Development, the best strategy would be to spend that money on a combination of family planning and girls’ education in developing countries.

Data in their paper shows tonnage of CO2 that could be abated for a one million dollar investment. Family planning and girls' education combined save 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide being hoisted into the upper atmosphere, while measures like an emphasis on solar energy or hybrid cars save only 35-40,000 tons apiece.

Bowed or bended?


Every morning the bishops' conference media office tweets the readings of the day. (They condense the readings into a 140 character message.) Today's tweet reads: "The LORD raises up those who were bowed down; the LORD loves the just. The LORD protects strangers."

I was wondering (See: New beef about revisions in the revised Roman Missal), if that should be corrected to read "The LORD raises up those who were bended down."

Groups call to lobby bishops


I just received this notice from FutureChurch. I reprint it in its entirety.


We just received the urgent message below from the folks at "What if We Just Said Wait?" requesting that we contact our bishops TODAY, before their November 13 bishops meeting.

Ask them to delay implementation of the Roman Missal translations because "it has become clear that an already compromised text is in a state of complete disarray." (see full text below)

Morning Briefing


Fixing CCHD


We ran a couple news stories last week about reforms being made at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (See: Bishops defend Catholic Campaign for Human Development), and Michael Sean Winters told us what is right about CCHD (See Catholic identity demands the work the CCHD promotes).

Here's a couple comments about what is wrong with CCHD: Bishops play defense on anti-poverty initiative.

Michael Hichborn, a spokesman for Reform the CCHD Now, called the anti-poverty program "philosophically flawed right from the outset."
"It never addresses sin as the root cause of poverty, which means it never addresses Christ as a remedy," he said.

The Religion News Service story that quotes Hichborn doesn't specify the sin that causes poverty. Perhaps he means structural sin, for example, predatory loans, redlining neighborhoods, underfunded school districts, or wage theft?

What could you do with $454 million


Outside Spending: The Final Tally

— By Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones

By the time voters went to the polls last week, outside groups had spent more than $454 million to influence campaigns. But there's little evidence that all that spending benefited Republicans much more than Democrats, as the final tallies on spending were actually pretty close.

A total of $197.4 million was spent backing Republican candidates, while groups spent $181.1 million for Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation.

Read the full report here.


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