Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sutherland Institute to host flat earth conference

The Sutherland Institute is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a week-long conference urging more oil dependency and nuclear waste. A booming green industry hurts the economy and hurts the poor, says Institute president Paul Mero. "I mean, just think about it: global warming could mean having to buy one less winter coat," he said. "We're all about the poor people, you know."

5 comments:

Misty Fowler said...

Seriously, where did the quote about winter coats come from? Is that a real quote? I could almost believe it coming from him.

Frank Staheli said...

It's more than a bit ironic that you accuse Sutherland, which is trying to promulgate the well-thought-out scientific point of view on the environment and global warming, of being the Flat Earthers. In reality, the current man-made global warming Torquemadas are on par with the Catholics who forced Galileo to renounce his scientific observation (not his computer simulation, mind you) that the earth revolved around the sun and not vice versa.

Real Flat Earthers--like the Dark Ages Catholic clergy and like Al Gore--try to squelch debate and call people names. Sutherland is attempting to enhance the debate and to bring to light the scientific observation portion of the science --rather than just bowing to the computer-model-as-science crowd.

Voice of Utah said...

Misty - The quote was a joke, but it did seem to fit in with the theme of his conference. I mean, seriously -- now they're opposing green efforts because they "hurt the poor"? Right.

Frank - are you kidding? If the Sutherland Institute was attempting an actual debate, they would have invited people with differing agendas. As for name calling, I think there's a difference between fun-poking and name-calling...

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from "Utah's leading conservative think tank"?

Paul Mero said...

Usually when you are joking you'll put a wink or something nearby. As much as I enjoy talking with you, I really don't understand the comments.

The fake comment fits "in with the theme of the conference"? Oh well.

So let me address the latter two comments, yours and the coward's (anonymous)... an "actual debate"? I have never seen Al Gore debate anyone on the topic of global warming, nor am I aware of any setting in which he would allow for contested feedback.

On the one hand, we (Sutherland) have a brand that supports dialogue...debate is what we do. In this case, the "debate" is so far down the road that we feel a bit like the kid telling the emperor that he has no clothes. So the requirement for, and the rules of,a traditional debate are out the window.

The mere fact that you could be so flippant about the high-powered experts and guests we are bringing to town is one example of what I am referring to...a complete disrespect for another's opinion.

On the other hand, our events are open to the public and you are more than welcome to be at any one of them and question any one of our guests (of course, as long as you can show reasonable respect for another human being).

As far as the program being biased because we are a conservative group...that sort of comment is ridiculous. Again, would this person say the same thing about Al Gore's global warming material...that it's awesome because he's a liberal?

I think I have a great sense of humor and I don't mind being the brunt of some jokes but to dismiss a serious public policy prgram because 1) you don't agree and 2) because you stereotype and prejudice the views of your opponent is immature.

Sorry to be a downer, but this post was sloppy, in my opinion.