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 …
Get Grist in Your Inbox
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.
Insane cycling video will make you hold your breath for two minutes
Why it’s a big deal that half of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice
NFL player tackles sustainable beef off the field
Why you should be skeptical of Walmart’s cheap organic food
The brutally dishonest attacks on Showtime’s landmark climate series