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Wal-Mart pulls the plug on green initiatives
Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott, who announced a high-profile series of green corporate initiatives last year, has now ... taken them back. Citing high costs, Scott yesterday announced that Wal-Mart is canceling most of its sustainability programs, shifting its truck fleet back to diesel (from biofuels), shuttering its experimental hyper-efficient stores, and pulling organic products from its shelves. The only remaining evidence of Wal-Mart's much-ballyhooed green makeover will be -- you guessed it -- light bulbs. "We're keeping the compact fluorescents. Those are pretty cheap," said Scott. "The rest of the stuff we tried was too expensive. In the end, our customers value low prices more than sustainability, and at Wal-Mart, we listen to our customers."
Only the Grinch could have been greener and meaner!
I'm no big supporter of Wal-Mart, and have the intuitive (but not data driven) impression that they have done great damage to the rural business ecosystem.
That said, the reinvention of the self, recasting of image, is woven deep into the fabric the American dream-myth.
Grist's joke strikes me as being non-supportive of an alcoholic who is striving to achieve one year of sobriety...
Can't we all try to get along?