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January 24, 2017
House Acts to Rein in Regulatory Agencies
As one of the first official acts of the 115th Congress, the U.S. House of Representative voted in favor of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017, requiring congressional approval of all new major regulations.
Climate Change
January 23, 2017
Refuting McKibben’s Misdirection on Civilization and Climate Change
Bill McKibben argues if civilization is to endure, we must end our use of fossil fuels and switch to wind and solar, but fossil fuels do not undermine civilization; they are the foundation upon which modern civilization is built.
Climate Change
January 21, 2017
Bill McKibben Toys with Climate Facts for Fun and Profit
How Bill McKibben sleeps at night amidst his non-stop proliferation of lies is beyond me – though I expect he has profited handsomely in some way or another.
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Climate Change
January 20, 2017
Congress Is Key to Reining in Regulatory Excess
Climate Change Weekly #237
January 19, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts Comment on Rick Perry Hearing for Energy Secretary
"With Perry at the helm of the Department of Energy, protecting the nation’s energy security – rather than fighting the hobgoblin of human-caused climate change – should once again become the prime goal of the department" - H. Sterling Burnett
January 18, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts Voice Support for Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator
"None can be placed in a position superior to Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s choice to manage the U.S. EPA and return it to the level of excellence intended for it on behalf of the American people." - Jay Lehr

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 32-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.

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.
Kids studying science in a lab
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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  • Adaptation
  • Alarmism
  • Carbon Sequestrian
  • Climate Change Regulation
  • Climate Models
  • Human Effects
  • IPCC
  • Media Bias
  • Private Initiatives
  • Realism
  • Temperatures


Title: Man-caused Global Warming: The Greatest Scam in World History
Description: Video of Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr at the AM 560 Freedom Summit in suburban Chicago on October 29, 2016. Lehr's thesis: There is not now, nor has there ever been, any scientific evidence proving mankind has affected the climate on a global scale. Our media and “scientific community” tell us otherwise. But here’s the truth: The hypothesis of man-caused global warming is based almost entirely on computer modeling that are, quite simply, a bad scientific joke. However, that has not stopped politicians from pouring hundreds of millions in taxpayer-funded grants to unethical scientists to keep the scam going. The result is continued impoverishment of the poor, a declining standard of living for the middle class, and greater empowerment of the ruling class.