The mother ship. Photo: Wal-Mart. It was easy for Wal-Mart's critics to laugh this past spring when CEO Lee Scott proudly announced that he drove a Lexus hybrid. For Scott to expect praise for his consumer choices given the abysmal record of his massive company -- which has repeatedly violated the Clean Water Act while contributing to sprawl, air pollution, and a host of other serious problems -- seemed to insult public intelligence. It also seemed a strange maneuver for a man heading a company known for shunning environmental concerns. Indeed, in Robert Greenwald's new film, Wal-Mart: The High Cost …
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Liza Featherstone is a freelance journalist who writes for Salon, Newsday, and many other publications. A contributing editor at The Nation, she is also the author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart.