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:
In 2015, we . . .
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, Competitive Enterprise Institute, NIPCC 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.
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!
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