Canadian Corporate Greenwash of the Year – Tim Hortons – Nominated for First Place (U.S. owned)

The greatest greenwash site on the web: (The patriotic Canadian branding is also false – Tim Hortons is owned by the TDL group – an American Corporation)

http://www.drivethrutruth.ca/

Did you know that

  • Critics of drive-thrus don’t have “any proof”; in fact, they don’t “make sense”
  • Fast foods — and drive-thru access to those fast foods — are “vital” “for the disabled, seniors, and parents with small children”; access to these fast foods is not just a matter of convenience; “many people need drive-thrus”
  • All of “the disabled, seniors, and parents with small children” have cars — as well as money for insurance and gas; and all of “the disabled, seniors, and parents with small children” don’t have disabilities (e.g. blindness) which prevent car-driving; so all of these people have the option of using drive-thrus
  • Drive-thrus are the only way that we can improve accessibility for all of “the disabled, seniors, and parents with small children” — even for disabled people whose mobility is not impaired in any way
  • Cars only make people safer; no one is ever endangered by car driving
  • It’s fine to encourage people to eat and drink while they drive after leaving a drive-thru
  • The health of drive-thru window employees is not important; it’s OK that they inhale fumes from nearby exhaust pipes throughout their shifts
  • It doesn’t matter that all of the employees and customers in establishments with drive-thru windows are exposed to the exhaust fumes that come in through these windows
  • Drive-thrus are not an environmental problem in any way whatsoever; in fact, drive-thrus are an environmental asset
  • People don’t travel to businesses by bicycle, by bus, or by foot; every customer who doesn’t use a drive-thru either will leave their car in a parking lot, or they will leave it idling outside of the building; so without drive-thrus that is what’s bound to happen
  • Tailpipe emissions are the only environmental issue that is relevant here; environmental consequences (e.g. ongoing oil spills) associated with extracting, refining, and shipping the oil used to make gasoline are a separate matter; and the materials (e.g. rubber) needed to manufacture and maintain vehicles (e.g. their tires) are not relevant either; so the extraction, transport, processing, and disposal of these materials also has nothing to do with drive-thrus; and the ecological implications of industrial manufacturing of vehicles and vehicle parts is unrelated as well
  • Concerns about how oil profits often end up in the hands of authoritarian regimes (e.g. in Saudi Arabia) are irrelevant
  • Drive-thrus don’t encourage additional car driving, so “banning drive-thrus won’t reduce the number of overall car trips”; drive-thrus thus have nothing to do with ongoing automobile collisions, or with other problems (e.g. increased obesity) associated with car driving
  • Eat-in establishments are of no value; “quick service restaurants” are ideal; it’s not important that we sit together as a community rather than eating and drinking more privately (e.g. inside vehicles); it doesn’t matter that there are fewer jobs and less tips in “quick service restaurants” with drive-thrus
  • It doesn’t matter that younger people who can’t drive cars on their own have less access to drive-thrus, and to establishments that are more accessible by car; poorer people who can’t afford their own cars — and everyone else who can’t drive on their own — also don’t deserve any consideration
  • “The public” supports drive-thrus; “the public” does not have any concerns about drive-thrus
  • Each name on the petition is actually from a separate person who has “read the facts“; there are no duplicate names on the petition, and no fake names were added to it
  • There is grassroots activism in the “Drive-Thru Truths” campaign — as the protest signs show
  • “The experts” dismiss concerns about drive-thrus and tailpipe emissions; “the experts” all agree on this
  • Tim Hortons and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association — the people behind these messages — just want to help us all, while contributing to environmental causes; profit-making strategies have nothing to do with their stance on these issues; unlike “special interest groups,” Tim Horton’s and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association are concerned about the general interests — of “the people,” whose voices and whose empowerment are considered to be very important

Those are the messages that you’ll find at drivethru truth .ca, a pro- drive-thru propaganda site. (Their banner image is at the top of this post; their actual banner is a little larger, however.)
The above points are about what is said on that site, and about what’s not said on that site.

There are additional problems with drive-thrus that I could mention, but I’m just responding to the lobbying on and around that particular drivethru truth web site. In other words, this post is just a response to a particular set of industry lobbyists (and without trying to come up with every possible point that could be raised against them).

I’ve said more about their lobbying in this blog post – http://tobanblack.net/blog/?p=251
(The above points and such are copied directly from that post.)

Here’s a previous post about the Tuesday, July 15th forum -
http://tobanblack.net/blog/?p=250
There also are comments from locals.

If anyone wants to comment on the drive-thru issue, here’s a place where you can post about it -
http://www.relocalize.net/campaign_against_drive_thrus

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