Sutherland Newsletter – April 17, 2008

1.300 Utahns Sign Up to See Film Exposing Environmental Movement

The Sutherland Institute has received tremendous response for the screening of the documentary, Mine your own Business, which will conclude Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah.  The documentary, which shows the dark side of the environmental movement, will be shown to a sold out crowd on Friday, April 25.

“While our documentary focuses only on foreign areas, we see the same story playing itself out right here in Utah,” said the two Irish documentary filmmakers, Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney.  “Local environmentalists are working to pull the plug on energy and resource development.  The consequences are higher energy and food prices and the robbing of funds that could go to improving the state’s education and infrastructure.”


Mine Your Own Business is the first documentary to take a hard look at the environmental movement,” said McAleer. “What we found was not pretty.”  He talks to some of the world’s poorest people about how western environmentalists are campaigning to keep them in poverty because they think their way of life is “quaint.”


As the Wall Street Journal Online said, “Move over, Michael Moore.  You have competition in the art of political film-making…[but] instead of advancing the cause of smug liberal hypocrisy, [McAleer is] debunking it.”


“More than 300 people have reserved a seat to attend the first Utah screening of this documentary,” said Katie Christensen, public relations manager for the Sutherland Institute.  “This impressive response shows the interest that Utahns have in seeing a side of environmentalism that the public rarely sees.”


2.Earth Week 2008 Resources Available Online

Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah is wrapping up, but the Sutherland Institute is hoping the dialogue on these important environmental issues will continue.  From April 22-24, the nation’s top energy and climate experts delivered presentations focusing on the vital role that natural resources play when it comes to Utah’s economic strength; the safety and affordability of nuclear power; the real reasons behind the increasing gas and food prices; and the limited effects of carbon dioxide on global warming.




Much of the information presented during the week is now available online at  Just scroll down on the file folders, and you will find speeches and several fact sheets on natural resources, nuclear energy, and global warming.




To listen, read, or watch some of the media coverage from Earth Week 2008, click on the following titles:




The Civil Rights Battle of Our Day  The Nightside Project, KSL Radio (scroll down to the interview with Roy Innis)


Astrophysicist Links Temperature Change with Sun’s Energy Output KCPW


Group says ‘green’ policies hurt the economy  KSL-TV


Global Scorning: Conservative think tank plans a homegrown assault for Earth Day Salt Lake CityWeekly


‘Scrooge’ isn’t falling for ‘sky is falling’ from Gore, activists Deseret News


Jack Spencer on nuclear energy KVNU Radio


3.Two Sutherland Earth Week Events Sold Out

The Sutherland Institute, Utah’s leading conservative think tank, will kick off Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah, a weeklong event from Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day) to Friday, April 25.  Top national energy and climate experts will be in Salt Lake City to discuss the effects that “green” policies will have on the people of Utah.


“These experts know the truth about man-made global warming, the benefits of nuclear energy, and the damage that can be done if environmental policies are implemented, especially for our low-income neighbors,” said Paul T. Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute.  “While the national economy is entering a rough period, the last thing we need to do is increase the damage done by following the whims of pop-science.”


Presentations (followed by Q&A) will take place 9-11 am daily, with the following experts:

  • Natural Resources Day (4/22 Earth Day), 307 W. 200 S., Suite 5005
    Dave Tabet, Program Manager for the Utah Geological Survey
    Roy Innis, National Chairman for the Congress of Racial Equality
  • Nuclear Power Day (4/23), 307 W. 200 S., Suite 5005
    Jack Spencer, an economist with The Heritage Foundation
    Michael R. Fox, Ph.D., a nuclear scientist with 40 years experience in energy
  • Global Warming Day (4/24), 307 W. 200 S., Suite 5005
    Willie Soon, Ph.D, a professor of astrophysics at Harvard University
    Roy Spencer, Ph.D, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama
  • Film Premiere Day (4/25) “Mine Your Own Business”, Megaplex 12 at the Gateway
    Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, documentary filmmakers from Ireland


“Public response has been tremendously positive,” said Katie Christensen, public relations manager for Sutherland.  “More than 300 people have reserved a ticket just to see the documentary film on Friday and our Thursday event is sold out as well.  This overwhelming response shows the real desire that Utahns have in knowing the truth behind the environmental movement.”


Tickets are still available for Natural Resources Day and Nuclear Power Day.  RSVP online at or call 801.355.1272.