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Wal-Mart "100% Committed" to Renewable Goal. If it's Cheaper.

I just got off the cialis shipped canada phone with Wal-Mart, who is very excited to announce that they'll be purchasing 100% of the power generated by a new wind farm in Texas. The power will be bought by 360 Texas stores and the best site buy online prescription viagra distribution centers, providing about 15% of the power those locations need.

This is a good step toward Wal-Mart's goal of producing 100% of its power from renewable sources.

But on cialis no doctor during the call I just had with Wal-Mart, there was a tone of caution in that goal. Over the last few months, with energy prices dropping, and new investment looking less likely, Wal-Mart was more careful about its renewable energy goal.

"One of the difficulties we have is projecting savings over the term of the agreement, and [this year] it's been hard to cheap viagra online usa project even a month ahead." And when I asked whether they thought dropping prices of traditional energy would slow their plans toward renewable energy, they were uncertain.

But the clearest message was sent by Kim Saylors-Lester, who said that Wal-Mart remained 100% committed to its renewable energy goals, as long as the renewable energy matched or beat grid parity. Grid parity means the real viagra online without prescription price at which electricity comes from the gird. So, basically, Wal-Mart is absolutely committed to the environment, as long as it saves them money.

I don't want to belittle this goal, however. It's clear that Wal-Mart is a corporate monolith which answers only to its stock holders...that is no surprise. And their focus on grid-parity is fairly important. Wal-Mart has, for it's whole history, focused on forcing suppliers to innovate in order to reduce prices. If they can innovate enough, then they win the coveted Wal-Mart contract, which can make or break a business.

So it's good that Wal-Mart is using its muscle to force energy companies to viagra samples figure out way to keep their prices down. Hopefully, they won't cut too many corners and that innovation will make its way into America's energy mix.

In the end, a reporter from GreenBiz asked how far along Wal-Mart was in it's goal to be 100% renewable. "But how far percent? Less than one perecent?"

Wal-Mart's answer: "It's very early."

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Carbon tax anyone?
written by Justin M, December 05, 2008
These statements you took in this interview almost sound like a plea to make traditional energ?

As Hank is pointing out, Wal-Mart has the same sort of cialis100mg advantages that we see in China. It's big and once it makes up it's mind HUGE things can happen. In both cases we can make these decisions easier to make by changing the math.
written by Mark Kiernan, December 05, 2008
Energy independence is a great business idea, it reduces overall costs in the long term.
Oh yeah...
written by Kamic, December 05, 2008
Walmart even if they turn all their stores 100% renewable, they need to pick good suppliers then tell those suppliers to go renewable. Transportation is the cheap tramadol india huge killer here, moving all the product around.

Dont even get me started with paying local low workers better so money flows into the market better. or give them free items from the store to enter site cialis how much improve their homes/energy needs.
written by Burnman, December 05, 2008
80% of Walmart's products are shipped in from Chinese manufacturers. They could purchase all of their domestic energy from green sources, and still have a significant negative impact on the environment by purchasing from countries which do not have green energy options.

And, of course, there are all the other issues with Walmart which keep me from shopping there. Economic devastation, contribution to poverty, predatory pricing, poor health care options, civil rights violations, child labor law violations, and lack of adequate security in their stores and parking lots come to mind.

But purchasing green energy for their stores is more of a PR move than any actual interest in environmental conservation.
written by bubba, December 06, 2008
Please do belittle the goal. Too many years of corporate pigs not giving a damn about anything other than their precious bottom line is wow look it generic cialis india what has gotten us in to the economic mess we're in right now. If this program cost Wal-Mart even 2 percent more than what they pay now, they'd abandon the whole thing in a heartbeat. Until Wal-Mart gets serious about stewardship, and is willing to pay the price for a healthy planet, healthy communities, and healthy employees, to hell with them. Defending them is inappropriate. They are driven by greed and nothing more.
written by Don, December 06, 2008
Wal-Mart has done more to damage the American economy that any other single company. I do not believe one thing they say. I have not shopped there in years.

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