Nationally Acclaimed Scientists …

Salt Lake City, UT – As part of its Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah, the Sutherland Institute, Utah’s leading conservative think tank, will host two renowned scientists to explain why irrational, unscientific environmental policies will only hurt Utah’s families.  Dr. Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and Dr. Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama and a former senior scientist for climate studies at NASA, will be presenting from 9-11 am on Thursday, April 24 at Sutherland Institute, Crane Building, 307 W. 200 S., Suite 5005.


“We have already seen food prices double and triple worldwide because the ‘green’ movement told us biofuels would ‘Save The Planet,’” Soon said. “Foolish mitigation measures that owe everything to political fashion and nothing to scientific rigor are already harming the poor.”


Dr. Soon has been invited to speak at the United States Senate and was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute for “detailed scholarship on biogeological and climatic change over the past 1000 years.”


Dr. Spencer has testified many times before the United States Congress.  Six months ago, Spencer published a study that caused an uproar in the science community.  He found that cloud formation actually brings the earth’s temperature down, which findings directly called into question a key component of global-warming theory.


“Utah’s economy cannot afford the damage that hysteria would create,” said Paul T. Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute. “These speakers will help move the debate past hysteria and into the realm of real science.”


Lower-income Utahns are already feeling the effects of environmental extremism. Research by the Sutherland Institute indicates that a Utah family making $25,000 in 2006 spent twice as much of their income on power bills as did the average Utah family.


More information about Earth Week 2008 can be found at