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    Sherri in TX, Steve Singiser, dishrag

    As an enviro (only), I recently have become a Walmart booster. I think their well-publicized efforts to green the company aren't just publicity; I think they're big and permanent. From boosting energy efficiency in their stores, to selling organic produce and sustainable fish and -- very importantly -- putting their suppliers on notice to reduce packaging and the like, I think Walmart is setting a very good example of how huge companies can do better. Is it enough yet? No. But, like I said, I think their efforts are real, and their impact will increase as time goes on. Hey, even George Wallace eventually became an advocate for civil rights. Maybe Walmart can become an environmental leader.

    •  The greening of... (2+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, nhcollegedem

      ...Wal-Mart ultimately has more to do with the bottom line than environmental stewardship.  The successful lobbying against new stores in large cities has forced them to try and reinvent their image.

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      by Caldonia on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 08:23:12 AM PDT

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    •  I Do Agree On One (Narrow) Point.... (2+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, takeback

      Their sheer size allows them a tremendous amount of leverage with suppliers (while they are not the consumer equivalent of a monopoly, which has the really cool name of "monopsony", they are pretty damned close).

      In the past, they have used that supplier leverage for ill (see Hedrick Smith's great PBS Frontline called "Is Walmart Good For America?").

      It would be a nice change of pace to see them harness that power for the good.

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      Theres nothing left til you pray for salvation"
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      by Steve Singiser on Sat Jul 28, 2007 at 09:00:52 AM PDT

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    •  Aren't they involved (2+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, cwaltz

      in forcefully pushing legislation that lowers the standards for organics?  They are doing everything possible to make organic simply a name not a movement for responsible clean agriculture.

    •  they pissed me off too much... (1+ / 0-)
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      with the whole screw the us let's globalize attitude. Not only is it impratical. The circular logic is that once china dries up india will have something and then when india dries up there will be the world and so on and so forth and eventually everything is dried up.

      U.S. Market Still crashes. One big head ache still.

    •  Walmart (1+ / 0-)
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      may be going greener but I can assure you that they aren't doing it for the good of the environment. They are doing it because it will improve their bottom line. Environmentally sound policy makes economic sense. Don't kid yourself that Walmart is doing this for anything other than self interest.

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