It is always interesting to figure out where the support and money comes from for projects and organizations that affect our daily lives. Lately, I have found out about the EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) and it’s cronies who are hell bent on forcing their views of global trade on us and using obscure laws and rules from all over the world to impact each of our lives, whether we realize it or not. Recently, the Gibson Guitar company, located in Tennessee, has come under fire from the Lacey Act and the Fish and Wildlife Commission. After some investigation on my own, I am starting to see where the FWC has been “used” by this group of Environmentalists from the EIA.
First of all, here are the “Partners” of the EIA, who apparently operate on a very limited budget, but have contacts and friends within the US Federal Government. Those “friends” within the government will come later, but for now here is a list of the “friends” of EIA:
• American Forest & Paper Association• Amazon Watch • Center for international Environmental Law • Conservation international • Defenders of Wildlife • Dogwood Alliance• Environmental investigation Agency• ForestEthics • Friends of the Earth • Global Witness • Greenpeace • Hardwood Federation• international brotherhood • Society of American Foresters of Teamsters• national Wildlife Federation• natural Resources Defense Council• Rainforest Action network • Rainforest Alliance • Sierra Club• SustainableFurnitureCouncil • ThenatureConservancy • TropicalForestTrust • UnitedSteelworkers• WildlifeConservationSociety • World Wildlife Fund
Any time you are giving money to any of these organizations, you are in effect giving money to the EIA and you are almost always guaranteeing that you are promoting Organizations that are doing their best to end manufacturing in America and also throwing money into the pockets of Attorneys that came from taxpayer pockets (re: your pocket!). There is further information on who supports this organization and whhere they get their money at this address: http://www.eia-global.org/lacey/P6.EIA.LaceyReport.pdf
Keep in mind these organizations are the kind of people who really don’t want you mowing your lawn, and when it boils down to it, they would rather that you didn’t even exist since you breathe carbon dioxide and you are the ones that cause global warming every time you breathe or break wind. I am surprised to see several UNIONS that are supporters of this organization. Bet you didn’t know your union dues were going for this did you?
More recently, the EIA pressured the FWC to seize products from Gibson Guitars, using heavily armed agents to do so. Gibson has been in business for over 100 years here in the USA and employs over 1,200. They import rosewood and ebony from plantations in India, with the blessings of organizations such as Greenpeace and several other watchdogs in an effort to comply with existing laws and regulations. Having this happen after the hoops they jump through is outrageous to say the least. It also has all of the earmarks of being a political move since EVERY guitar manufacturer in the USA buys the same wood from the same dealers and imports it using the same paperwork as Gibson. If this is not proven to be a political farce in the end it will be a miracle.
For those that dint know, Gibson’s wood has not been confiscated because it is illegal to import, nor because it is endangered, nor for any other reason except that the EIA thinks it is against an obscure law in INDIA that limits the export of rosewood to products less than 3/16 of an inch if it is “unfinished” wood, which means it will be used to make other products when it gets to the importing country. In this case, that is the USA. Blanks for fingerboards for instruments such as guitars are generally 1/4 of an inch thick, which is 1/16 of an inch thicker than this obscure rule the EIA is claiming Gibson broke. On the other hand, it is completely legal to also ship out woods that are over 3/16 of an inch, but the import/export code is different. This different import code (or paperwork snafu, is why the FWC raided Gibson, and also why the EIA is claiming a victory. As of right now, there has been NO US LAWS BROKEN and because of this no charges have been filed against Gibson or any of it’s agents. It is my understanding that the government of India is somewhat pissed about this as well, since the sale of the wood has had the blessings of their government all along. Hence, the stalemate and quagmire the Obama administration finds themselves in.
WE MUST STOP LETTING THESE ROGUE ORGANIZATIONS RULE OUR DAIY LIVES !