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April 28, 2017
Fossil Fuels Promote Peace, Climate Panel Participants Say
Panelists discussing “Fossil Fuels & World Peace” at The Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change said fossil fuels have made the world less subject to conflict.
April 27, 2017
Sustainability Is Not Sustainable, Climate Panelists Say
The concept of sustainability as a political notion was developed as an excuse to restrict economic activity.
April 25, 2017
Speeches That Weren't Made During the March for Science
There was a lot said at the March for Science. There was even more left out.
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Climate Change
April 24, 2017
Heartland Institute Replies to the National Science Teachers Association
On April 4, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) issued an open letter to its members calling The Heartland Institute’s latest book "propaganda."
April 24, 2017
Green Energy Poverty Week
A week dedicated to topics that underscore impacts environmentalists don’t want to discuss.
April 24, 2017
What Does the March for Science Mean by ‘Science’?
The March for Science could learn from this simple check list what is the “Scientific method” is.

The Heartland Institute is "the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.”
The Economist, May 26, 2012

The Heartland Institute is a 33-year-old national nonprofit organization devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Heartland’s Center on Climate and Environmental Policy promotes pro-environment policies based on sound science and economics, not alarmism or ideology. Our strong stand against the politicization of science on matters of public health and the environment have earned us the enmity of many liberal public health and environmental groups and their allies in the mainstream media. 

In 2012, The Economist called Heartland “the world’s most prominent think tank supporting skepticism about man-made  climate change.” The New York Times called us “the primary American organization pushing climate change skepticism.” We also address other environmental issues including renewable portfolio standards (RPS), clean air standards, smart drilling and hydraulic fracturing, sustainable development, food safety, and more.

Through events, publications, social media, and government relations programs we have changed public opinion on climate change and other environmental topics, and consequently helped change public policy not only in the U.S. but in other countries as well. Our views on climate change and energy are well summarized in these three documents:

There is No “Scientific Consensus” on Global Warming

The Global Warming Crisis Is Over

Five Elements of a Pro-Energy, Pro-Environment, Pro-Jobs Plan

The Myth of the Climate Change ‘97%’

In 2015, we . . . 

  • Defended and recognized Dr. Willie Soon and other brave scientists who challenge unscientific claims that global warming is a crisis.”
  • Published, distributed, and promoted parts of the third volume in the most important series of books on global warming: Climate Change Reconsidered II: Benefits and Costs of Fossil Fuels
  • Hosted in June the largest gathering of global warming “skeptics” in the world, the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) in Washington, DC.
  • Published monthly the most influential publication on environmental issues sent to every national and state elected official, Environment & Climate News.
  • Produced more than a dozen other books, booklets, policy studies — including the Top 10 Global Warming Lies and a NAS's Sustainability: Higher Education’s New Fundamentalism, and sent them to tens of thousands of the most influential people in the world.
  • Distributed more than 150,000 copies of our “Global Warming: Crisis or Delusion?” flier and poster. 
  • Conducted a comprehensive communications and marketing campaign — including online and social media, public speakers, exhibiting, direct mail, and more — to confront “junk science” and oppose unnecessary regulations and government spending.
  • Worked with allies in other countries to oppose global warming alarmism around the world.

Heartland's Trip to Paris for COP-21

One of the most important battles in the history of the global warming debate was fought November 30 - December 12, 2015 at a United Nations climate conference in Paris known as COP-21, or the twenty-first "Conference of the Parties." And The Heartland Institute was there!

The UN attempted to impose binding carbon dioxide restrictions on the United States and transfer billions of dollars of climate "reparations" from the United States to corrupt third-world dictatorships like the Maldives and Zimbabwe. They failed, coming to terms on an agreement with zero legal standing and no binding obligations.

The Heartland Institute worked with other leading think tanks and advocacy groups — such as the Cooler Heads CoalitionHeritage Foundation, CFACTCompetitive Enterprise InstituteNIPCC and allied groups in Europe. Our voice was heard, and it ensured that energy consumers and taxpyers were represented on the ground in Paris — and that sound science and economics was part of the global discussion.

We call December 12, 2015 VGW Day — Victory over Global Warming Day! See everything we did in Paris for COP-21 at this link.

Heartland's Trip to Rome in April 2015

On April 28, 2014, the Vatican held a one-day climate summit with the United Nations featuring some of the most radical environmental activists in the world. They were there to give Pope Francis a one-sided, alarmist view of climate science in hopes of influencing his highly anticipated encyclical on the environment.

The Heartland Institute traveled to Rome to give Pope Francis the full story on the climate, including a look at the latest data showing human activity is not causing a climate crisis. We didn't want Pope Francis to make the mistake of putting his enormous moral authority behind junk science and policies that would make the plight of the world’s poor even worse.

The trip was an enormous success, gaining massive international media attention. More importantly, our voice was heard inside the walls of the Vatican.

Read more about this historic mission for science to the Vatican by clicking this link.

Cost of Obama's War on Fossil Fuels

Ending Obama’s war on fossil fuels will save the average household in the U.S. about $4,250 in taxes, higher energy costs, and lost wages. That’s nearly as much as the average family spends on health care each year, and more than the average family is able to add to their savings. Alternatively, it’s enough to pay for a year’s tuition at a community college. Why are we wasting so much money on what most scientists believe is an impossible quest to control the weather? With President Trump now in charge, let’s seize the opportunity to end this unnecessary war on fossil fuels and give every family a “peace dividend” of $4,250, and let them spend it on things they really need!

The ONE CHART the Alarmists Can't Refute, and Why They Won't Debate

(Data by Remote Sensing Systems; chart by Christopher Monckton.) 

Featured Subtopics

Flourishing corn crop
The evidence is overwhelming that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have will continue to help plants thrive, leading to greater biodiversity, shrinking deserts, expanded habitat for wildlife, and more food for a growing human population.
Woman with questioning look
The claim of “scientific consensus” on the causes and consequences of climate change is without merit. There is no survey or study showing “consensus” on any of the most important scientific issues in the climate change debate.
Chart showing upward economic growth
Economics can show committed environmentalists how they can better achieve their goals by recognizing fundamental economic principles such as the need to make trade-offs, to measure costs and benefits, and to take into account such economic concepts as discount rates and marginal costs.
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Overwhelming scientific evidence suggests the greenhouse gas-induced global climate signal is so small as to be embedded within the background variability of the natural climate system and is not dangerous. At the same time, global temperature change is occurring, as it always naturally does.

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  • Human Effects
  • IPCC
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  • Realism
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Title: RAW CBS Evening News Interview of Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast
Description: Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast is interviewed by Dean Reynolds of the CBS Evening News about Heartland's programs on climate change on April 3, 2017. (Apologies for the angle, but that's where CBS set up the shot, partially blocked from our in-room live-stream camera.)