Sutherland Newsletter – March 18, 2010


Lord Christopher Monckton, one of the world’s foremost critics of anthropogenic (human-caused) “global warming,” addressed guests of the Sutherland Institute on Friday, March 26.


In his presentation, “‘Global Warming’ Is No Global Crisis,” Monckton decried the claims of some environmentalists in Utah and around the world, asserting that creating public policy based on faulty science can cause widespread affliction, and even death, around the world.


“Margaret Thatcher, whom I used to advise on this question 25 years ago…said to me that ‘You have to get the big ones right, dear.’  And they don’t get bigger than this,” Monckton declared.  “Because in your Waxman-Markey or Carey-Boxer bills, what is being proposed is nothing less than the largest tax increase in human history.”


During his time in Utah, Lord Monckton also gave a private interview to representatives of the Institute.  Excerpts from this interview will be published in a future edition of this newsletter.


Lord Christopher Monckton, Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, is leading the charge against economic policies based on the so-called “settled” science behind “global warming.”  He was instrumental in the 2007 British High Court case that found nine gross misstatements or inaccuracies in former Vice President Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth.  Lord Monckton campaigned publicly against the proposals considered at the December 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has spoken across the planet on the issue.  He was a special economic advisor to Margaret Thatcher during her tenure as British Prime Minister.


To view the full address presented by Lord Monckton at Sutherland Institute,



Every Tuesday afternoon between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, KVNU 610 AM, a radio station serving Cache Valley residents, airs a “Mero Moment” segment.  Written and recorded by Sutherland President Paul Mero, the five-minute spots have covered a wide spectrum of topics, from religious freedom to this week’s topic of high school sports.


Sutherland also recently announced the hiring of Trent Boulter as its broadcasting coordinator, a role that includes investigative journalism.  Boulter has recently completed two investigative reports, one on Utah teachers’ views of No Child Left Behind and another on making it easier to remove a name from a petition.


Sutherland’s latest investigative reports and weekly installments of the “Mero Moment” are now available online at  Also available on the Institute’s YouTube channel is a recent presentation by Lord Christopher Monckton, internationally-recognized skeptic of human causation in global climate change, and other events hosted by Sutherland Institute.


Each week Sutherland will post new material to its YouTube channel, including the “Mero Moment” spots and other video content, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back often!



On April 8, 2010, Sutherland published the second of two companion essays addressing educational innovation.  In Fostering Educational Innovation in Choice-based Multi-venue Settings and Government Single-venue Settings, Daniel E. Witte presents a comprehensive nuts-and-bolts explanation for the design and function of an “ideal” system of educational choice.  He also provides the overview of a more limited reform approach that can be deployed in political environments where more expansive reform is not yet feasible.


Mr. Witte suggests, among other changes, that Utah should expand the array of educational options available to parents by encouraging the use of all educational venues, including government, private, religious, and home schools.  By so doing, Utahns will improve the quality of education and safety available for children in Utah schools, and parents will maintain the ability to choose and shape the kind of education their children receive.


Last week, Sutherland Institute published Fostering Innovation in Utah Schools: Common Elements of Educational Success, also by Mr. Witte, director of Sutherland’s Center for Educational Progress.  In that essay, he asserts that building a civic structure for Utah’s education system will permit genuinely-innovative reform ideas to be considered, tested, and implemented in Utah schools.  He also addresses four key components of civic structure – Flexibility, Accountability, Representation, and Modularity (FARM).  The paper published last week is a streamlined and abbreviated version of the second half of the paper published today.


“This second publication is written for the hardcore aficionado of education policy,” said Mr. Witte.  “Extensive endnotes, citations, legal precedents, academic studies, and technical discussions are provided.  A comprehensive, integrated model for educational reform is set forth.”