The photographs of the unfurling of 9/11 were horrifying enough to see. The pictures of the birds, turtles and dolphins encased in the red sludge of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 20, 2010 are harrowing.

As the American public protests BP and its financial supporters in a national call to action I have never seen since the Vietnam War, I started asking myself a few questions as they relate to the mutual fund industry-such as, what are socially responsible investing (SRI) funds and governance committees doing about this event, which is being called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history?

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