Archive for the 'Energy' Category


Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

I attended Colorado State University back in 1975 and I have fond memories of the brilliant night skies once you got away from the light pollution of Fort Collins. Seeing those stars gets more difficult with each coming year and, some residents of Pagosa Springs believes, each coming Walmart. A Walmart parking lot is a […]


Friday, July 30th, 2010

Citing low demand, Walmart is pulling seafood from a number of its superstores in Florida. Given Walmart’s track record with meat, perhaps customers are taking charge by avoiding what they percieve to be a less than trustworthy source. It has nothing to do with British Petroleum’s massive dump in the Gulf. No. Nothing at all. […]


Friday, June 18th, 2010

Of course Walmart objects to any environmental or green technology that actually raises its costs. Just as it kicked its Buy American campaign to the curb when it need to save money, so too will Walmart reject any environmental effort that doesn’t save it money. From The Boston Globe: The high cost of power from […]


Sunday, February 14th, 2010

There is no suggestion that Walmart has done anything illegal in taking Oregonians to the carbon-footprint cleaners, but by paying $22.6 million to get $33.6 million Walmart schooled the state on how business is really done. From The Oregonian: When Oregon started handing out jumbo tax subsidies for renewable energy projects two years ago, one […]


Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Spending money to save the planet only makes sense if you’re buying something to a.) replace a product that wastes energy, or b.) you’re replacing a no-longer usuable item with an item that places less of a strain on the planet. If you don’t need a new t-shirt, then buying one that is made from […]

Perhaps Walmart isn’t going to save the world with light bulbs.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Via Kevin Drum, here’s Michael Siminovitch of the California Lighting Technology Center at UC-Davis: Consumers have an expectation that compact fluorescents will last a very long time — significantly longer than the incandescents that they’re replacing. This is technically achievable. Compact fluorescents can last a very long time. Unfortunately, I think we’ve compromised greatly on […]

What do Walmart and Chevron have in common?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

How is Walmart boasting about its commitment to sustainability any different from an oil company boasting that it has cut its own energy usage 27 percent since 1992? After all, both companies have business models that depend upon the gargantuan consumption of fossil fuels.

Walmart goes Green(ish)

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Just a brief announcement without any details: Wal-Mart to buy wind power from Duke Energy Wal-Mart Stores said Thursday that it will buy wind power from Duke Energy to supply up to 15% of the retailer’s total energy load in approximately 360 Texas stores and other facilities. The renewable energy will come from a Duke […]

Walmart: Sacrifice is for suckers.

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I got this slightly old but rather interesting link from my friend Jill. The paper is USA Today: In July, Wal-Mart pledged to source more local fruits and vegetables and noted, in a press release, that 20% of the fresh produce in its supercenters in the summer was already local, making Wal-Mart the “nation’s largest […]


Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Why in the world would a supplier of gasoline suddenly decide to close 57 percent of its locations associated with Walmart stores? Tesoro, refiner and distributor of petroleum products, is offering only the lame and useless business decision excuse. From the San Antonio Business Journal: Tesoro Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have agreed to cease […]


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I bike. A lot. My Trek 800 has more than 20,000 miles on it and as long as the weather is reasonable (no gale force winds or Arctic temperatures) I use my bike to get around my city. I’m not alone. With $4 per gallon gas, bikes look better and better. Both the city and […]

Today’s reading assignment.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

It’s called, “The Wal-Mart Dilemma, the Two-Income Trap and the End of Oil,” and yes there will be a test on it later.


Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

A little more than a month ago I wrote about how Wal-Mart is courting local produce growers in North Carolina. This morning I found a story on The Jew & The Carrot (what a great name for a blog) about how Wal-Mart is courting Maine’s potato farmers. The state’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural […]

James Howard Kunstler on Walmart

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Doomsday author James Howard Kunstler was on the Colbert Report and explained how the 12,000 mile supply chain that Walmart depends on won’t work when oil starts to get too depleted. He may be right about the unsustainability of suburbia, but I’m not sure that he has come up with any viable alternatives. (He didn’t […]

Wal-Mart reaches beyond greenwashing.

Friday, April 4th, 2008

We’ve all been so caught up in the Deborah Shank story over the last few weeks that I haven’t visited Check Out in ages. Here’s what my buddy Rand is posting these days: If I may, I wanted to ask you for a favor…you see, we at Wal-Mart are trying something new right now. Over […]