Greed over Good (or Coke vs. The Grand Canyon).

Another one for the case files, where greed seems to be more important than polluting a national treasure, I point you to the following.

Officials at the Grand Canyon abruptly abandoned plans to ban the sale of plastic water bottles at the Arizona national park after conversations with Coca-Cola officials, The New York Times reported Thursday.

National Park Service official Stephen P. Martin, who crafted the plan, told the newspaper that the effort was scrapped after Coca-Cola officials raised concerns about the plan through the National Park Foundation. He was told the effort was being tabled about two weeks before its scheduled Jan. 1 start.

Coca-Cola, which distributes water under the Dasani brand, has donated more than $13 million to the parks.

Only in the eyes of (some) corporations can a donation be seen, not as a goodwill gesture, but an investment to be used later as blackmail fodder. Ugh.