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My question/comment concerns the degree to which Foolish recommendations, offered through their Stock Advisor service, are socially responsible. I just signed up for the service and purchased 10 stocks. I felt compelled, however, to pass on Paccar and 7-Eleven, to name just two of their recent recommendations. With Paccar, I feel like I'm supporting the inefficient and non-sustainable shipment of goods cross-country. While I know that some things must be moved, that is also much that can be locally grown / manufactured that one might buy. A company like Paccar relies on the long-distance transportation of goods, the continued use of dwindling fuels, etc. 7-Eleven is a very different case. Dave noted that 30% of their business consists of tobacco sales. One of the risks-of-purchase cited regarded tobacco-related legislation, rising tobacco taxes, and the like. So basically, I'm buying this stock and hoping that they keep on selling cigarettes like mad. I feel odd about this.

I understand that in the web of global commerce, your money is always going to be involved in something that might be suspect, and there are no clear SRI choices. I like Biogen because I have known people that have suffered from MS, and I like the fact that they are doing something to help. But then, I'm sure that there is something about Biogen that should make me want to reconsider my presumably ethical decision.

I just think that this is an important discussion to have about actual stocks, and not just in theory. Theoretically, SRI is a great thing. Practically speaking, however, it seems truly difficult.
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