Sutherland Newsletter – April 1, 2010


Modern environmental thought, while perhaps well-intentioned, has abandoned its traditional philosophical foundation for an oppressive radical ideology – an ideology opposed to traditional values, environmental practices, and institutions.


Derek Monson, Sutherland Institute policy manager and author of Getting the Environment Right: Conservative Environmentalism, says that conservative principles offer, unlike modern environmental thought, offer an approach to the natural world that can both preserve Utahns’ freedom and improve environmental quality.


The movement that started with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published and touted during the tumultuous 1960s, was expanded in subsequent years into a direct attack on traditional social values, complete with oppressive policies meant to quash human freedoms.


Monson recommends that responsible citizens and conservative lawmakers should engage environmental policy debates and point out the flaws in modern environmental thought and its radical policies.


With traditional social values and institutions, which have been the basis of a free society and economic prosperity, now at stake, Sutherland’s Center for Community and Economy urges policymakers and organizations to discuss and adopt a conservative environmental agenda that will encourage economic prosperity and protect Utahns’ freedom in addition to improving environmental quality.



Sutherland Institute will recognize The Honorable James V. Hansen and his wife, Ann, with its Legacy Award at the 2010 Legacy Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, May 13, 2010, at the Rice-Eccles Stadium & Towers in Salt Lake City.


Each year Sutherland honors an outstanding Utah couple with this prestigious award.  The Hansens will be honored for their lifetime of service in promoting faith, family, and freedom.  The Honorable Ted Stewart, U.S. District Court judge and family friend of the Hansens, will be presenting the Legacy Award.


Other honorees at this year’s Legacy Banquet include Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups and Speaker of the House David Clark who will receive Sutherland’s Limited Government Award for their work promoting the proper role of government.  Ed Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., will be in attendance to present the award to Speaker Clark and President Waddoups.


The Personal Responsibility Award will be presented to The Pete Suazo Business Center for promoting and encouraging personal responsibility.  Alicia Suazo, the widow of the first Hispanic Utah State Senator, Pete Suazo, will be presenting the award.  Accepting on behalf of the organization will be Gladys Gonzalez, chair and founder of the Pete Suazo Business Center.


The Legacy Awards Banquet is a formal event.  Individuals or organizations wishing to sponsor the event or purchase individual seats should call Allison Holmes at 801-355-1272 or email her