The Heartland Institute focuses on sound science and economics in the debate over environmental protection and regulation. We are “the world’s most prominent promoters of skepticism of man-made climate change” (The Economist). We also address a wide range of other topics including school reform, health care, entitlements, and energy policy.
Our research and marketing team is helping to oppose global warming alarmism and promote sound science and common sense on other environment and energy topics by producing the following programs:
# Original research: The Heartland Institute produces books, policy studies, policy briefs, booklets, op-eds, feature stories, and news releases on budget and tax policies.
# Environment & Climate News, published 10 times a year by The Heartland Institute, is the national outreach publication of the free-market environmentalism movement. It reaches more state elected officials, more often, than any other publication on this topic. Environment & Climate News is user-friendly and market-tested.
# Government relations: We made more than one million contacts with elected officials in 2015, and 23,749 of those contacts were one-on-one in person, by phone, or by one-to-one emails. These are virtually all educational contacts – we do not lobby. Our government relations staff calls legislators to ask if they need information, are aware of exciting new developments in other states, and if we can help find and send the “best available research” on issues they are coping with.
# Media Relations: We send out a constant stream of op-eds, news releases, letters to the editor, podcasts, and much more. In 2015, we contacted journalists more than 5.3 million times and appeared in print, online, on television, or on radio 4,374 times.
# Online: We are leaders in online communication, generating almost 3.4 million page views on our 18 websites and blogs in 2015. Our Facebook page registered more than 98,000 fans and more than 13.6 million impressions in 2015.
# Credibility and Influence: Our 32 years in public policy, solid research and materials, and repeated communications with state legislators have made Heartland a credible, independent, “go-to” source for thousands of elected officials and other opinion leaders. A telephone survey of 497 randomly selected state and local elected officials conducted in 2014 by Victory Enterprises found 74% of the state elected officials surveyed read one or more Heartland newspapers “sometimes” or “always”; 66% consider one or more Heartland publications a useful source of information.”
# Bipartisan: Seventy-two percent of Democratic state legislators read one or more Heartland newspapers “sometimes” or “always,” 62% said they found Heartland a “useful source of information,” and 30% reported a Heartland publication “changed my opinion or led to a change in public policy.”
# Resources: In 2016, Heartland expects to raise and spend approximately $1.1 million on budget and tax issues. Contributions to The Heartland Institute are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.