Yup, for anyone who doesn’t know it, we have our own debate about a proposed WalMart. It’s not like we don’t have Wal-Marts around here, just that this one is behind the “Blue Line” and will be located in the “All American” Village of Saranac Lake. The debate has been strong and vocal at times. There is even a blog dedicated to opposing the development. I’ve sure got mixed feelings about this.
I’m scared of the behemoth and the mass consumption of cheaply-made goods. But I also can’t help but admire the incredible efficiency and power associated with this company. Let’s face it, most of idealistic groups around promoting environmental issues sorely lack the means or ability to implement their ideas. They are also the loudest critics of big business (read:Wal-Mart). Well the behemoth is turning green and seemingly on a mission.
Personally, I avoid Wal-Mart mainly because of logistical hassles. It is simply not worth fighting the traffic and waiting in line unless it is something not available elsewhere. But if I could stock up on inexpensive organic food and other sustainable green products in a ‘zero-energy’ environment, it might be worth it. A Green Wal-Mart is going to create an existential dilemma for many people as they are forced to confront their own daily hippocracies in the face of an inevitable reality.