The Sutherland Institute has announced "Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah." From the press release:
From April 22-25, the Sutherland Institute is launching Earth Week 2008: The Future of Utah. The nation's top energy and climate experts will be in Salt Lake City to discuss the effects that "green" policies will have on the state of Utah. These experts know the truth about man-made global warming, the benefits of nuclear energy, and the disastrous Clinton "off-limits" policy regarding the Grande Escalante Staircase.With no mean spirited intent toward the forum before it even begins (I plan to attend if possible), though with admitted skepticism that this event will be no more objective than Lyall's blogposts from his Heartland trip, I did a little research into their selection of speakers. Unfortunately a predictable profile.
Judge for yourself:
- Dave Tabet, Program Manager, Utah Geological Survey. Little information on Mr. Tabet, outside of his various presentations on oil sale production, and various personal opinions of friends at the BLM.
- Roy Innis, CORE president, and former state chair of the 2000 Alan Keyes' campaign. My first recollection of Roy's insight was this little gem from Townhall:
Agitators use global warming and “corporate social responsibility” to force companies to acquiesce to their agendas – and ignore human rights to energy and technology, and people’s desperate cries for a chance to take their rightful places among the Earth’s healthy and prosperous people.
- Jack Spencer, author of the Heritage Foundations infamous "There Is No Energy Shortage"
Think about it. The legitimacy of these draconian efforts is rooted in the notion there is an energy shortage. Conservation, after all, makes sense when there is a shortage of something.But energy is not in short supply. There are fossil fuels, and lots of them, right here in America. Yet America is one of the few nations that chooses to leaves much of its own reserves untapped.
- Willie Soon, chairman of Republican think tank Science and Public Policy Institute. Soon was widely criticized by fellow scientists for his use of "research and review" of his peers and his attempts to influence public policy using funds from the American Petroleum Institute. From his ExxonSecrets Factsheet:
Published, with fellow sceptic Sallie Baliunas, an article in the Climate Research journal which reviewed the work of a number of climate scientists who concluded that the last century is the hottest in the last 1000 years. The article, partly funded by the American Petroleum Institute, caused the resignation of three of the journal's editors, in protest at the peer review process. The peer review process was conducted by New Zealand sceptic scientist Chris de Freitas. The Soon/Baliunas article was widely picked up by Exxon-funded groups and led to a Senate hearing chaired by James Inhofe (R-OK).
- Roy Spencer, Heartland Institute member ('nuf said?), vocal "intelligent design" supporter, and accomplished meteorologist. Spencer developed one very cool method for monitoring tropical storms that once held my reading interest for an entire week (a long time for my attention span). His book Climate Confusion was panned by, well, the entire climate research community, so probably not the expert he portrays himself to be. (Starting to notice the pattern with these speakers though? Yeah, me to.)
- Ann McEelhinney and Phelim McAleer, the folks behind the anti-environmentalist documentary Mine Your Own Business.
It is unfortunate that for those who truly want to learn about climate change and make an educated decision on global warming policy would have to look so hard to find it, amidst the emotional arguments of both supporters and deniers of global warming suppositions. With a look at the line-up for Sutherland's "Earth Week," it's apparent the search for the real meat of this issue is still up to us.