Public Citizen helps you urge Bank of America's shareholders to help break up the big bank. Why? Because a bank that's "too big to fail" is too big to exist -- it invites hostage crisis after hostage crisis, and has no incentive to run its operations properly as long as we-the-taxpayers keep bailing it out. Why else? Because a bank that's too big to fail is also too big to jail, and a bank that's too big to fail will ultimately make the economy fail, as its decision-makers roll the dice one time too many like everyone drunk on power and mammon eventually does. And Bank of America did damn near fail after the 2008 financial services meltdown -- it took a $5 billion infusion from Warren Buffett to keep it from going under, and not everyone has that kind of money laying around, nor would even be willing to use that money toward such a purpose -- and its shareholders may be more interested in investing in a corporation that isn't like an elephant walking a tightrope. General Electric has lately announced its intention to sell off some of its parts, so it's not like this is some pipe dream.
Meanwhile, we rarely get a second chance in politics, but SB 560 in Pennsylvania would restore requirements for riparian buffers the legislature repealed last session. Remember riparian buffers? They're strips of forest you plant around a stream to filter out the pollution resulting from agriculture or development (like pesticides and sediments) before it hits the stream. Riparian buffers serve other purposes, too, like reducing flood damage and helping produce alternative crops. But last term's legislature, still inexplicably under Tom Corbett's spell, bowed to the will of developers and prevented the state from requiring the buffers so that, you know, a few developers could make a bit more money. Now that Mr. Corbett's out of the Governor's mansion, suddenly restoring riparian buffers has become an actual bipartisan cause, counting six Democrats and two Republicans among its sponsors (with Republican John Rafferty of District 44 in the lead). Hence Penn Environment helps you tell your state Senators to restore riparian buffers and preserve clean streams in Pennsylvania.