Sutherland Newsletter – November 15, 2007

1.Mero Testifies Before Legislative Committee on Climate Change

As a request from Senator Scott Jenkins, Paul T. Mero, president of Sutherland Institute, testified before the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee on November 14, 2007, adding another viewpoint to the debate on climate change.  Mero read aloud a portion from testimony of Alabama state climatologist Dr. John Christy, who was delayed in Washington, D.C. testifying before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.  “Simply put, we cannot say with any confidence to you or to the American taxpayer that by adopting policy X we will cause an impact on Y on the weather of the climate system.  The basic problem is that if policy X is similar to those being proposed today, the impact of emissions will be essentially imperceptible and thus the attempt to measure or predict its consequence on the climate will be essentially impossible.”


2.Natural Family Database Now on Sutherland’s Website

A new and growing database has been added to that focuses on the natural family.  The purpose of the Natural Family Database is to provide citizens and policy makers an informative source of scientific research on the personal and societal effects of diverse family structures.  Those interested on the importance of family structure should also visit and for more extensive coverage of this topic.  To learn about the argument for the natural family as the fundamental unit of society, read The Natural Family: A Manifesto by Paul T. Mero and Allan C. Carlson.


3.Oklahoma Puts Mom in Charge of Child’s Early Education

A new law in Oklahoma is empowering the most important early childhood educator — mom.  The Associated Press sees the new law as a “a trendsetting tax break for families.”  This tax break would give Oklahoma’s stay-at-home moms a credit on the family income-tax bill.  As quoted in an article in NewsOK, Bryce Christensen, a member of Sutherland’s policy committee, said, “Though the $50 tax credit is tiny, at least it’s a start.”  Christensen said, “Researchers have now amassed a mountain of evidence showing that young children are far better off if cared for by an at-home parent rather than the employees of a day care center.”  He added that “wise policy-makers will help — not penalize — families who make sacrifices to keep one parent at home.”