The Heartland Institute’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. Yet ... we persist.
Heartland is known globally for supporting scientists and other policy experts whose research has shown that the advancement of society – via the emission of carbon dioxide to produce sufficient energy and wealth to lift billions out of poverty – is not causing a climate crisis. This work has prompted the The Economist to call Heartland “the world’s most prominent think tank supporting skepticism about man-made climate change.” That is a badge we wear with honor. The New York Times called Heartland “the primary American organization pushing climate change skepticism.” Guilty as charged ... and the “push” is based in science.
Heartland 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 The Heartland Institute has 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.
Heartland’s views on climate change and energy are well summarized in these documents:
In 2017, The Heartland Institute brought climate realism directly to the classroom by sending more than 300,000 copies of the book Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming to every K-12 teacher and college professor in America. (If you didn't get a copy, email email@example.com.) The book, written by three esteemed climate scientists, enraged prominent members of Congress who wrongly thought they could intimidate Heartland, and get us to stand down. They were wrong.
Heartland will continue to:
These efforts to bring climate realism to the fore will intensify in the years ahead.
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 Coalition, Heritage Foundation, CFACT, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. We call December 12, 2015 VGW Day — Victory over Global Warming Day! See everything we did in Paris for COP-21 at this link.
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.
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 Heartland Institute has organized and hosted 12 International Conferences on Climate Change (ICCC) since 2008, the latest in Washington, DC on March 23-24, 2017.
Videos from all 12 conferences can be viewed here.
An Egregious Abuse of Power
Bringing Climate Realism to Paris at COP-21
Greenpeace is a Global Fraud
Tell Pope Francis: Global Warming Is Not a Crisis!
Willie Soon Defense