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The Associated Press reports that President Barack Obama today will appear at a California Walmart "to announce commitments from more than 300 companies and local and state governments to use solar energy technology. He also was announcing executive actions aimed at increasing energy efficiency in buildings and appliances. The White House says the solar effort will power the equivalent of 130,000 homes and the administrative actions could reduce carbon pollution in an amount equal to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year."

The story says that the White House "chose Wal-Mart because the company has committed to doubling the number of solar energy projects at its stores, Sam's Clubs and distribution centers."

However, the decision to use Walmart as a backdrop for the announcement, and highlight the company's energy conservation commitments, drew fire "from labor unions and pay equity advocates who say Wal-Mart pays low wages and who archly noted that Obama has made pay equity a central issue of his presidency."
KC's View:
I get that organized labor is duty-bound to object, but at some level I think they have to take a chill pill. No organization - no company and no union - is all bad or all good. You can ask legitimate questions, I think, about Walmart's labor practices, but I think one has to concede that it has been highly aggressive and progressive when it comes to many environmental issues. I refuse to look at the Bentonville Behemoth as being a black-or-white entity.