Walmart needs to clean up its act

Walmart needs to clean up its act

A few years ago, Walmart promised to get serious about fighting global warming. They even promised to get 100% of their power from clean, green sources. But Walmart is hiding a dirty secret: They're one of America's largest users of dirty coal electricity. Their U.S. stores use more than 4.2 million tons of coal each year. That's nearly six times as much electricity as the entire U.S. auto industry, at a cost of 8 million metric tonnes of global warming pollution each year.

It is outrageous that Walmart – the country's largest employer and the world's largest company – hurts our planet and our  families with its dirty operations and poverty pay. Sign here to tell Walmart that they must help our communities truly live better by switching to clean energy.

Many other retailers, including Kohl's and Ikea, are dramatically outpacing Walmart in the shift to renewable energy. Ikea has installed rooftop solar panels on 90 percent of its U.S. stores. Walmart’s minimal clean energy investment provides just 3 percent of its electricity.

At the same time they're telling us they care about the climate, and using all this coal, Walmart spends millions of dollars on political donations to climate denying candidates and politicians favor dirty energy. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, more than half of the Congressional candidates supported by Walmart and the Walton family received a 100% Dirty Energy Money score from Oil Change International.

Last year, our allies at the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) found that since Walmart launched its "environmental" campaign in 2005, the company's self-reported greenhouse gas emissions have actually  grown by 14 percent.3 Another ILSR study released last month found that the Walton family – the majority owners of Walmart – funded nearly two dozen efforts to roll back clean energy policies that would help us switch from dirty coal to clean solar power.

Sign here to tell Walmart that this behavior is just not acceptable – they need to clean up their act in time for the holidays – or expect a lump of coal in their stocking.