ACI in Forbes: Keeping Up With The Latest Medical Science

Being an economist, you don’t want me to play medical doctor in order to save you money.  Likewise, when doctors write an economic cost study that concludes that doctors do not need to keep up with the latest medical research, I can’t help but think of the potential for intellectual malpractice. There has been a […]

What Patients Deserve: ACI in Real Clear Policy

If you were severely ill and needed to pick a physician, would you want one who has been certified as meeting all of the current training, educational and professional standards set by a board of physicians? For many patients, it is very important for them to know that they are dealing with top-notch doctors who […]

The Green Label’s Bait and Switch

American consumers of “sustainable” wood products may be surprised to find out what is labeled “green” could actually be made, furbished or processed in an environmentally unsound manner.  This occurs due to misguided government bias that favors one international certification standard, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), over other credible standards, such as the American Tree […]

Forest Certification Monopoly is a Bad Deal for Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released its latest ConsumerGram, “Forest Certification Monopoly WouldKill Jobs and Cost Consumers.”  The report highlights studies from both ACI and other experts who warn against the negative economic consequences of monopolizing forest certification.  Doing so would cost tens of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs, while […]

News Release: New Paper Shows the Varying Sustainability Standards Mislead Consumers

New Paper Shows the Varying FSC Sustainability Standards Mislead Consumers  Paper encourages customers to question FSC’s claims before spending more for FSC-certified products For Immediate Release: December 3, 2012 Contact:  Jamie Rhoades [email protected] Washington – As organizations like the Federal Trade Commission issue revised guides to help ensure marketers make accurate claims about their products’ […]

ACI Announces New Study: Recommends Credible Certification Standards for Consumer Protection

Earlier this year, the American Consumer Institute started studying issues surrounding “forest certification” and their impact on domestic timber and consumer markets.  These are under the radar issues for many Americans, but they are important to raise because they impact consumer perception of the sustainability and commensurate value of wood and paper products.  As new […]

Ethics in Forest Certification Standards

The National Legal and Policy Center wrote this informative piece on the why the current movement toward a single forest certifiation standard is wrong and harms consumers.  They point out that, as Milton Friedman said, programs need to be judged based on their results, not intentions.  The piece can be read here.

Certification Policy Not Seeing the Forests from the Trees

Earlier this year, I wrote about the issue of forest certification and how government regulation of the certification market imposes certain costs to producers and consumers of wood products.  Over the past decade numerous local, state and federal government agencies have regulated this market by adhering to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating […]

Making Responsible Environmental Choices

Recently, both the New York Times and Washington Post posted articles that raised several important questions for consumers seeking “green” products in the marketplace.  Congress is also weighing on the issue.  Recently, a group of US representatives sent a letter to Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, indicating their concern […]