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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

The Guitar Follies

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 ottobre 2011


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After Gibson’s guitar-making facilities in Nashville and Memphis were raided by federal agents, the Consumer Alliance’s Andrew Langer was quick to point out on Big Government that “if you lie down with dogs be prepared to get up with fleas.” Langer was of course referring to the fact that Gibson had embraced standards endorsed by Greenpeace, FSC, and the Rainforest Alliance, but still found itself under the federal government’s microscope for allegedly using illegal timber. Even after their facilities were raided, the silence coming from these environmental groups was quite stunning, demonstrating either an admission that their standards were not up to scratch or a reluctance to defend a reputable American business. The entire saga has demonstrated one thing: that even if you embrace the deeply flawed standards supported by radical environmentalist groups, you will not be inoculated from scrutiny and you should not expect their support when you’re under federal investigation.FSC-Watch picked up on Langer’s piece, noting that the entire debacle had put the green movement in a bind. FSC-Watch adds that these green groups’ silence has been somewhat revealing because this entire saga threatens to undermine the credibility of their standards. In a reference to Greenpeace, FSC-Watch notes that the organization “is going to struggle to convince supporters of the effectiveness of this strategy if the FSC itself is shown to be unable to uphold forest certification standards.” But moves are also afoot to introduce a legislative solution to help protect businesses that unknowingly source illegal timber. Representatives Jim Cooper and Marsha Blackburn – both from Tennessee – have co-sponsored a bill that would “protect people from prosecution for unknowingly possessing illegally imported wood, and would require the federal government to establish a database of forbidden wood sources.”

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