Walmart, Murdoch Climate Action Initiatives Dismissed as Greenwashing

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Anyone who thinks trying to cosy up to the climate movement will win any public relations points should take a look at how Walmart and Newscorp are being treated.

Walmart has a plan to tackle the climate crisis. Can it pull it off?

Walmart is attempting to erase its huge climate footprint while continuing to sell tens of millions of low-priced products

Every day a seemingly never-ending stream of toothbrushes, toilet paper, tape, thumbtacks, toys and other products criss-cross the globe from a network of suppliers to Walmart’s more than 10,500 stores.

Walmart has declared its mission to tackle these climate impacts, which means focusing on every part of the chain – from the electricity sourced in its stores to the palm oil in the candy bars sold on its shelves. But while some experts celebrate the scale of the retailer’s efforts, others wonder whether they go far enough.

“It’s extraordinary,” said Michael Vandenbergh, co-director of the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt Law School. “What we’re talking about is one of the largest and most conservative companies in the world making a range of commitments that government is not requiring them to make.”

But some criticize Walmart’s zero emissions goal for not including the company’s supply chain, which accounts for the vast majority of Walmart’s overall climate impact. “Without that, drastic emissions reduction will never happen,” said Souparna Lahiri, co-author of a report on net zero by Corporate Accountability

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/13/walmart-climate-change-plan-can-it-work

Murdoch Media / Newscorp’s apparent attempt to cosy up to the greens is going even worse.

News Corp hasn’t seen the light on climate – they’re just updating their tactics

Ketan Joshi 
6 September 2021

Have you heard the good news? One of the key institutions holding back climate action in Australia – Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation – is suddenly on Team Climate Action! Today, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that the company’s Australian outlets are set to launch a campaign urging “the world’s leading economies” to embrace a target of net zero emissions by 2050; to be fronted by columnist Joe Hildebrand. The details aren’t out yet, but I contend that we can comfortably predict what it will look like.

What might reasonably seem like a surprising change of heart in News Corp’s stance on climate is actually a long-term tactical shift that has been occurring for at least a few years. Whatever policies they failed to destroy through their earlier campaigns, they will try and reframe through racist, nationalistic, technocratic and pro-business frames.

Whatever policies they can delay or destroy, they’ll simply keep running scare campaigns about, insisting that ‘the balance isn’t right’, and that the threat of climate action is greater than the threat of climate change, as they always have (in Australia, News Corp’s partnerships with Google and Facebook mean these campaigns to destabilise climate action are growing more powerful and more harmful every day). When the next federal election comes around, the “COSTS OF NET ZERO” scare campaigns will ramp up in Australia as they are in the UK, and News Corp will be at the forefront, pleading that acting too fast will cause catastrophe. Absolutely mark my damn words: this is what will happen.

Net zero by 2050 isn’t enough. We’ll know that the denialism has truly ended when organisations like News Corp treat the IPCC’s latest report like it’s real. That is, when they acknowledge that every additional unit of greenhouse gases causes harm to life on Earth, and that actions to stop their release must be as fast as possible. That climate change is an emergency that requires rapid action to wind down the fossil fuel industry in a just and equitable way, and that its replacement must be grown to full size with just as much passion and urgency.

Read more: https://reneweconomy.com.au/news-corp-hasnt-seen-the-light-on-climate-theyre-just-updating-their-tactics/

Even Amazon’s Bezos, who has promised to spend billions of dollars by 2030 on the climate movement, saw much of his reputation as a green champion unravel thanks to a single PR misstep.

Amazon ‘illegally retaliated’ against climate activists

Published 5 April

US labour officials have found that Amazon retaliated illegally when it fired two employees who had spoke out about the firm’s environmental practices and warehouse safety.

The National Labor Relations Board was investigating a complaint brought by Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who had helped organise the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice.

They were fired last April.

Amazon said it disagreed with the finding.

“We support every employee’s right to criticise their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against our internal policies, all of which are lawful,” an Amazon spokesman said on Monday. 

“We terminated these employees not for talking publicly about working conditions, safety, or sustainability, but rather, for repeatedly violating internal policies.”

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56641847

If you think about it, there is no reasonable means by which any corporation can appease the green movement, because the green movement is not a single entity. The only way ambitious newcomers and upstarts can make an impression is to challenge the idealogical purity and commitment of incumbents. No matter what moves incumbents and their corporate friends make, they will always be vulnerable to an idealogical challenge from non-affiliated green upstarts.

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Allan Reardon
September 13, 2021 6:12 pm

Murdoch does not own the Sydney Morning Herald .

Mr.
Reply to  Allan Reardon
September 13, 2021 7:24 pm

Pity.

Tom Halla
September 13, 2021 6:24 pm

Trying to appease the hardcore greens brings up history, of Munich or the Cultural Revolution in China. There is a definite Savonarola element of demanding more and more ideological purity among the True Believers that really wants destruction of the current social order.
The only real response is to recognize that groups like Extinction Rebellion are figurative bestiality insane, and realize they are just that.

commieBob
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 13, 2021 8:27 pm

Perfect is the enemy of good.

They are sufficiently removed from reality that they at least mimic schizophrenia. On the other hand they could actually be clinically psychotic. I’m not a psychiatrist so I can’t say for sure.

Radicals don’t know when to stop. What does stop them is someone like Mao or Stalin smacking them down real hard. They should study history and realize that’s the endpoint of their shenanigans.

Jordan Peterson said something like: If you aren’t willing to fix the emission system on your car, why do you think you can fix society which is infinitely more complicated? If your own life is a mess, why do you think you should be able to dictate how other people will live their lives?

It’s something like infantile omnipotence.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  commieBob
September 13, 2021 8:44 pm

It’s something like infantile omnipotence.

There is even a book called ‘The Omnipotent Child: How to Mold, Strengthen and Perfect the Developing Child‘. In this book, the author, Dr. Thomas Millar, argues that children need discipline as much as they need love if they are to grow up. The book is not filled with platitudes such as “always find something to praise” or “give him more love.” And it is written by a professional who studied the neurology and psychology of child development for fourteen years and then refined that knowledge in his long career as a child psychiatrist and parenting consultant.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7217581-omnipotent-child

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 13, 2021 11:57 pm

Only your best is good enough. My children have turned out well.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  commieBob
September 14, 2021 1:24 am

This is why it is nearly impossible to sway the radical greens. They are acting like young children and if you have ever tried to reason with a 3 year od, you know how futile it is.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
September 14, 2021 3:11 am

Pamela, they were trained in school to think and act that way like children… They were trained to think that the lifespan is a kind of childhood forever.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 14, 2021 4:57 am

Agreed Joao. Not so long ago childhood was not extended through the teens and into the 20s. Kiddos learned how to do valuable stuff at an early age and by early teens were able to become self-supporting.

MarkW
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
September 14, 2021 6:08 am

A few hundred years ago, by the time kids were out of their teens they were already married, self sufficient and probably had a kid or two of their own.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  MarkW
September 14, 2021 6:20 am

Of course by their 40s they were already old ready to die….

TonyG
Reply to  MarkW
September 14, 2021 9:58 am

In school, my son read a story about a boy who was left alone in a cabin for a year while his father went back east to get the mother and sister. Father and son had come out to get the cabin built. The boy was 11.

Today, you get CPS called if you leave an 11-year-old alone for 2 hours.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 13, 2021 8:27 pm

Exactly right. Everyone facilitates the crocodile even though they collectively have the wherewithal to tell the crocodile to bugger off. We see it all the time in US politics – Republican squishes fall all over themselves for a pat on the head for “bipartisanship” from the same corporate media that consistently stabs them in the back come election time. This is why Democrats with even the slimmest of legislative majorities are able to pass the entire progressive agenda while much larger Republican majorities are never able to unwind a single program.

MarkW
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
September 14, 2021 6:11 am

I’ve always been amused at how shocked McCain was when the media turned on him during his presidential run.

For years, the media had always turned to him whenever they needed a Republican who was willing to trash conservative Republicans. The media had drooled over him during the primaries. Then when it came time for the general election, they abandoned him in mass to support the real Democrat.

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Mickey Reno
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 14, 2021 6:19 am

Exactly right. When are political conservatives going to learn the lesson that it is NOT a good strategy to feed the woke mob, hoping that it will eat you last.

MarkW
Reply to  Mickey Reno
September 14, 2021 9:53 am

Unfortunately, amongst politicians, deep thinkers are rare.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Mickey Reno
September 14, 2021 11:19 am

When it comes time to vote on a narrowly-decided issue, there is no such thing as a moderate Democrat. The most wildly Leftist legislation has passed with “moderate” Democrat votes.

Zig Zag Wanderer
September 13, 2021 6:33 pm

We’ll know that the denialism has truly ended when organisations like News Corp treat the IPCC’s latest report like it’s real.

Rarely have truer words been written.

If the report is read, instead of the political Summary for Policymakers’, it’s obvious that there is little or no problem with Global Warming. They can’t attribute any extreme weather to Global Warming, and they clearly state that any negative effects of Global Warming will be mitigated by changes in society and technology.

When the alarmists stop denying this, denialism will truly end.

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Scissor
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
September 13, 2021 7:14 pm

Traitor Joe is coming to Colorado for some kind of klimate meeting and the high temperature is dropping by 20F from a day ago. Gore effect?

H B
Reply to  Scissor
September 13, 2021 9:14 pm

Seen the chant at the football things are getting bad dumb Joe must begin to wake up I have never seen anything like it F@#K Joe Biden has to hurt

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  H B
September 13, 2021 11:55 pm

Joe puts the Dem in dementia. He doesn’t even know he’s Pres.

MarkW
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 14, 2021 6:13 am

The staffers have someone on the mike switch whenever Joe is talking to the public. Ready to kill the mike whenever he drifts off topic.

Dave Fair
Reply to  MarkW
September 14, 2021 11:37 am

Imagine President Ronald Reagan’s reaction (among many others, Republican and Democrat) when told that a staffer was assigned to cut off his mike when the staffer got worried about his speech. This one fact goes to the heart of all the evidence that Xiden is not in charge. As a former GM/CEO I tell you that I have fired or otherwise removed people for actively undermining my stated decisions/policies. A leader leads and modifies or destroys elements working to undermine his legitimate authority.

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Bill Powers
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 15, 2021 8:32 am

He thinks he is playing one on TV. Its been said he also answers to Martin Sheen after the camera lights go off.

Mr.
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
September 13, 2021 7:33 pm

Yes, before publication & release, the PICC Summary For Policymakers is gone through line by line by governments-appointed bureaucrats to sanitize the scientific findings to ensure political consensus on the climate change narrative.

And if the agreed political narrative wordings are at odds with the scientists’ input, guess what gets sent back for amendment?

You guessed it – the scientific findings get re-worked to fit the “consensus”
(which is now not 97%, it’s the fully monty – 100%)

Mr.
Reply to  Mr.
September 13, 2021 8:22 pm

IPCC even . . .

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Mr.
September 13, 2021 8:50 pm

The IPCC has been editing the reports to suit the narrative since FAR when Pachauri was the director. I believe it is only the Summary For Policymakers that gets the full treatment of censorship. The main document of greater than 4000 pages is filled with contradictions to the media narrative.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Rory Forbes
September 14, 2021 1:29 am

Alas, the MSM and policymakers don’t read the real, scientific, reports, only the Summary for Policymakers.

MarkW
Reply to  Mr.
September 14, 2021 6:15 am

They used to finish the Summary Fo Policymakers before the various chapters were finished, with instructions to the chapter authors to conform the chapter summaries to it.
Do they still do this?

markl
September 13, 2021 7:18 pm

Everyone wants to save the world but no one is willing to die for it.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  markl
September 13, 2021 7:26 pm

You miss the point of being a woke Green.

They are just fine saving the world – by having OTHER people die for it.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
September 13, 2021 11:59 pm

And pay for it, as they do not contribute.

griff
Reply to  markl
September 14, 2021 3:47 am
Mr.
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 8:21 am

The drug cartels in those places are going to off anyone who tries to interrupt their activities, no matter what the objection is.

Paul Johnson
September 13, 2021 7:20 pm

The Green Supremacists will never be satisfied.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Paul Johnson
September 13, 2021 11:58 pm

Not until we’re all knitting yoghurt in yurts. They will have to drag my Alfa Romeo from my cold, dead hands.

Richard Page
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 14, 2021 5:52 am

Unfortunately, I think that may be how they envisaged it from the start.

September 13, 2021 7:33 pm

Well, Walmart buys a lot of cheap junk from China and those ships bringing the shipping containers use some pretty thick bunker oil type stuff….the exhaust can cause clouds under the right conditions…satellite images of ship contrails – not airplane – have been seen off the California coast. And the plastic volume ….from Walmart goods has to be Yuuge. Maybe Walmart can issue a disclaimer that like Apple and Nike and others, they are not responsible for any human rights or environmental problem within China.

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Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Anti-griff
September 14, 2021 1:32 am

We don’t have Walmart in Portugal and I don’t miss it one bit. Instead we can go straight to the source, or not, and buy the same cheap stuff Walmart sells directly from Chinese stores. And the best part is that there will always be a need for some of this stuff and knowing where to find it fast is very convenient.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
September 14, 2021 3:30 am

You are (still) right regarding Porto, not about Lisbon-Setubal, the main population dense area. In hindsight, you can see that the process of concentration of distribution is taking plance at Porto for at least three decades. Porto used to be a kind of conglomerate of villages close together, and became (and the process continues) a great metropolis; this happened to Lisbon (and its neighbourhood) about one century ago. Concentration of the distribution (mainly, of foodstuffs) is a necessity when a region reaches a certain population size and density. You can verify that for most big cities in Europe during the 19th century. That changed a lot, and became more demanding to, the food production activities (agriculture and crop selection and improvement, cattle growing and husbandry, etc.). But I stop, this comment became very off-topic.

griff
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 14, 2021 3:46 am

I wish I was in Lisbon… well Belem, sitting by the water, coffee and a custard tart

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 6:18 am

I bet most of your neighbors wish you were in Lisbon as well.

Joao Martins
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 6:31 am

If you come in peace and wish to enjoy our hospitality, you are welcome, and I will be glad to invite you to a beer somewhere. But if you wonder to come here with an agenda and to promote your “funy” green ideas, please chose another place to do it.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Joao Martins
September 14, 2021 4:59 am

It is easy to see how the villages became absorbed into the greater metro area. And there are still farms surrounded by “city” in many areas. I love it!

griff
Reply to  Anti-griff
September 14, 2021 3:45 am

and Walmart is clearly trying to change that. Isn’t it?

Editor
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 5:27 am

No, they are taking advantage of the situation that ecoloonies and socialists created in the first place.

What you overlook is that at the end of the Glaciation phase the tropical rain forests was around 10% of the current size due to low CO2 levels and cold temperatures yet the planet survived.

Craig from Oz
September 13, 2021 7:38 pm

“That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld, You never get rid of the Dane.”

Can’t speak for Walmart, but anyone who thinks the Murdoch press has some organised hard right conspiracy either has never actually read much Murdoch press, or is Kevin Rudd and still trying to find people to blame for his own failings.

This is the problem with the Left mind set. Since they only talk to people who agree with them, they start to believe that everything things in groups. So when they see one person who disagrees with them they automatically assume that everyone else who also disagrees with them disagrees in exactly the same manner.

So if one Murdoch article says ‘Right Wing Stuff’ then they automatically assume all Murdoch press says the same ‘Right Wing Stuff’.

And Spoiler? They don’t.

Murdoch press is successful (relative to the ex Fairfax papers at least) because it knows it’s markets. They know everyone who wants centre-right discussion/analysis/comment is going to buy The Australian, so there is no need to ensure the local dailys (Tiser, the Hun, The Telly et al) parrots what the Australian is saying.

Frankly the only thing keeping The Tiser from being full woke is the sports coverage.

Know your market. Write for your market.

If you want to branch into a new market (say… the Green types) then start a new platform and write stuff they want to buy. Do NOT go Woke with your existing products or you will have your existing market vote with their wallets.

and don’t pay Dane-geld.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 13, 2021 11:59 pm

Go woke, go broke.

griff
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 14, 2021 7:58 am

again sunmod if you want a reply, approve my post and I’ll answer your point. Or is censorship a big skeptic principle?

[I’ve chastised sunmod and approved your comments ~ctm]

griff
Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 14, 2021 3:45 am

Since they only talk to people who agree with them’ applies just as much to climate skeptics and the (US Republican) right, doesn’t it?

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 9:56 am

Not that I’ve ever noticed.
Just look at this site. We even let you in. Yet all climate “science” sites ban anyone who disagrees with the narrative.

MarkW
Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 14, 2021 6:20 am

To most socialists, the political topography goes something like this:
communists, socialists, far right.

griff
Reply to  MarkW
September 14, 2021 7:59 am

Europe is full of centre left and centre right parties.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 9:56 am

centre right in Europe would be socialists anywhere else in the world.

John Sandhofner
September 13, 2021 7:59 pm

A smart company would tell them to buzz off. The climate is changing as it naturally does with or without us humans. The sun is the main driver as well as well as magnetic field things in our atmosphere. We are wasting a lot of time and money in an attempt to change something that will make no difference.

griff
Reply to  John Sandhofner
September 14, 2021 3:44 am

The climate is ALSO changing as a result of the new and additional impact from human CO2.

and companies can see that the effects of that can hit their profits.

Besides, renewables, reducing energy use and fleet EVs all save businesses money (in the case of renewables by fixing costs)

Editor
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 5:32 am

Climate isn’t changing much and companies take advantage of the situation, most are not a believer of climate doom at all, they just watch their bottom line.

Renewables are slowly losing steam as the subsidies dry up and their long known economic and grid stability weaknesses comes out into the open.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 6:22 am

When you can find some evidence that the climate has changed outside the historical norms, please list it.

The only thing that has been hitting the bottom lines of companies are the insane regulations the socialists have been foisting on them and us, all to perfect their control of society.

Funny how every place that renewables have been installed, energy costs have skyrocketed. EVs save so much money that they have to be heavily subsidized before anyone will buy them.

griff
Reply to  MarkW
September 14, 2021 7:58 am

I don’t have to list it: 5 minutes on the web and you can find dozens of detailed science papers from world class institutions of impeccable reputation giving you details of actual observed, not modelled, changes.

EVs are subsidized to increase the switch to them, because that’s of benefit to society by reducing pollution and helping slow climate change

Ted
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 8:34 am

Translation: Griff can’t find any one piece of evidence that would stand up to scrutiny, but there’s so much smoke he assumes it must be a fire, despite knowing that there’s a lot of known smoke machines.

TonyG
Reply to  Ted
September 14, 2021 10:39 am

Have you noticed that practically EVERY time you ask for evidence, the answer is “look it up yourself”?

MarkW
Reply to  TonyG
September 14, 2021 3:12 pm

In another thread today, griff is whining that nobody ever refutes him by presenting evidence.

TonyG
Reply to  MarkW
September 15, 2021 7:50 am

Well, that’s an easy claim to make when you refuse to ever look at the evidence that’s presented.

DonM
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 9:50 am

teleportation should be subsidized as well … for the same reasons.

we can start the process by purchasing the (prime) real estate in high density areas that will be needed for the hubs.

we can plan for the needed power sources at the hubs.

the money for the initial planning and resource appropriation can come from existing transportation infrastructure budgets.

(I’m a teleportation expert, so I should be an integral part of of the whole deal … I’ll work on a percentage. Once that percentage dries up, I’ll move on to promoting cross dimensional energy transfer … I’m an expert on that as well)

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 9:59 am

I’ve seen your evidence, and it ain’t what you believe it to be.
There are two types:
1) Those that claim that since something is different than 10 years ago, it must have been caused by CO2.
2) Carefully tuned models that prove whatever the authors want them to prove.

EVs neither reduce pollution nor do they have any impact on the so called climate change.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 10:28 am

Griff doesn’t know the difference between an assertion and evidence.

Ted
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 8:31 am

If renewables and EVs saved money, there would be no need for government incentives.

Ted
Reply to  John Sandhofner
September 14, 2021 8:30 am

The problem is the absolute corruption of leftists in government. Gibson Guitars found out what happens when you don’t pander at least a little bit.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ted
September 14, 2021 12:08 pm

A few years ago, Gates found out the hard way a corporation had to spend big money in D.C. and on its denizens. He learned his lesson (along with all other Big Tech) and now regularly feeds the beast with Dane-Geld.

Rasa
September 13, 2021 9:01 pm

What a toss. Murdoch press is an honest go to source of news. Rupert Murdoch and his founding father will go down in history and one of the most honest and accurate newspaper dynasty.

Pat from kerbob
September 13, 2021 10:13 pm

I think corporations like this should be looked at as the new Mensheviks

And we all knows what happened to them, as they fed the crocodile confidently

Redge
September 13, 2021 11:22 pm

Every single individual green and every single company claiming to be green is greenwashing unless they unplug themselves from all sources of energy and only eat what they can grow themselves without chemicals or forage

Name me a single prominent green who does the above and I’ll eat my hat (if I had one)

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  Redge
September 14, 2021 12:00 am

Yep. Every greentard econazi is a hypocrite.

griff
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
September 14, 2021 7:56 am

sunmod if you are going to comment on my post, at least have the decency to approve it. and then I’ll back it up…

griff
Reply to  Redge
September 14, 2021 3:42 am

you can’t wave a magic wand and get net zero overnight.

There are now hundreds of companies like Walmart with detailed plans to reduce emissions, use renewables and make their supply chains sustainable.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 10:01 am

griff seems to think that responding to blackmailers means you support the blackmailers.

griff
September 14, 2021 3:40 am

some very selective quoting from the Walmart article there (and no acknowledgement to me for telling you about it?)

you left out after the ‘but some criticise…’ paragraph this:

‘McLaughlin said that Walmart’s zero emissions goal combined with Project Gigaton, to which more than 3,100 suppliers have signed up, is in line with what the company needs to contribute to the a collective goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Both Hyatt and Fischweicher said Walmart has been consistent in considering its supply chain. It’s one of the few companies that asks its suppliers to disclose information about their impact on deforestation, said Fischweicher, which can be “immensely powerful when you think about the palm oil, timber, cattle, soy, that end up in the products on Walmart’s shelves.”’

so looks like they are working on that supply chain, eh?

Dave Fair
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 12:19 pm

“Deforestation” is not what “Net-Zero” is all about; albeit it is a miniscule part. This trick is often used to confuse one action with another, a consistent CliSciFi technique.

Walmart suppliers will provide whatever paperwork is required. Actually reducing the amount of CO2 produced in their production and distribution systems is another matter. If they take measures that are economically sound to increase efficiency, they spin them to be activities to achieve “Net-Zero.”

Advertising and propaganda are well-developed fields used in influencing groups of people. Uncritical minds (like Griff’s) are greatly influenced. Independent thinkers are much less influenced.

2hotel9
September 14, 2021 4:41 am

Leftists don’t want to “help” the climate, all they want is to shutdown businesses and drive up prices. Look at their push to cripple agriculture, they tried to use OSHA to shutdown farms over dust. Virtue signaling is not going drive these idiots away, multiple massive law suits will. Sue individuals and organizations, and use anti racism law to really hammer them. Their attacks on retail grocery stores is closing stores in minority heavy communities, that is based solely on racism. Walmart has done more to bring lower cost food to minority communities than any government program ever has, THAT is why leftards are attacking them. As for Rupert, he has made his bed, now he can lie in it.

griff
Reply to  2hotel9
September 14, 2021 7:55 am

So are Walmart ‘lefties’, working to shut down their own business then?

MarkW
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 10:04 am

They are trying to save their business by saying what the lefties want to hear.

2hotel9
Reply to  griff
September 14, 2021 2:26 pm

Ahhh, ain’t that cute, it felt it had a thought and it was just a fart. How precious, for a lie spewing liar.

MarkW
September 14, 2021 6:02 am

Not trying hard enough to reduce your “carbon footprint” is racist?

Or has racism become the default fall back position used by socialists to describe anyone who doesn’t agree with them completely.

2hotel9
Reply to  MarkW
September 14, 2021 2:29 pm

Working on increasing mine, I love the human race and want it to prosper. Along with all the plants and animals!

renbutler
September 14, 2021 7:24 am

Walmart isn’t a conservative company, let alone one of the “most conservative” companies as stated in the quoted article. The link in that line of the article shows a distinct shift away from conservative support in their political contributions, and 2nd Vote gives them one of their most liberal ratings (1.33): https://www.2ndvote.com/business-entity/walmart/

MarkW
Reply to  renbutler
September 14, 2021 10:05 am

In the world of the socialist, anyone who isn’t an avowed socialist, is some form of right winger.

Tom Abbott
September 14, 2021 8:39 am

From the article: “No matter what moves incumbents and their corporate friends make, they will always be vulnerable to an idealogical challenge from non-affiliated green upstarts.”

This applies to people who have no core values.

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