Some Varnishes Use Petrochemicals, Right?

By November 20, 2007Culture and Entertainment, Energy

From the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Move over Martha Stewart. You’re getting some new competition from an old source: furniture and home decor products inspired by the collections of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Collection for the Home includes dining and bedroom sets, chandeliers, sinks and even fireplace accessories modeled after pieces and designs held by the world’s largest museum and research complex.

Very exciting, especially for all those with an affinity for American history.

But since the oil and gas industry is such an anathema to the Smithsonian, how are they going to distribute all those American Windsor chairs? Since trucking the product to retailers is out of the question.

UPDATE (10:25 a.m.): From Monday’s board meeting:

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — The Smithsonian Institution will re- evaluate its procedures for vetting donations in the wake of a public dispute that prompted the oil and gas industry to pull out of a planned $5 million sponsorship.

The Smithsonian’s governing board of regents, at a meeting today in Washington, agreed to seek quicker notification from staff members about proposed major donations to its museums, galleries and research facilities.

Perhaps the problem is not process, but philosophy.

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