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Jay Lehr

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is science director of The Heartland Institute.

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Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is the science director at The Heartland Institute.

Lehr is an internationally renowned speaker, scientist, and author who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government, as well as many foreign countries.

Lehr is a leading authority on groundwater hydrology. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he went on to receive the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Lehr is the author of more than 1,000 magazine and journal articles and 36 books. He is editor of Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns, McGraw-Hill’s Handbook on Environmental Science, Health and Technology (2000); Wiley’s Remediation Technologies Handbook (2004); the Environmental Instrumentation and Analysis Handbook (2005), the six-volume Water Encyclopedia (Wiley Interscience, 2005); and Wiley Interscience's Nuclear Energy Encyclopedia: Science, Technology, and Applications (2011).

Lehr has spoken in front of thousands of audiences on topics ranging from global warming and biotechnology to business management and health and physical fitness. He invariably receives the highest scores for entertaining and energizing even the largest audiences.

He was featured in Parachute Magazine in March 2010 for setting a new world record, having jumped from an airplane each and every month for 32 years.

Recent Articles and Publications

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July 17, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Review of The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, by Christian Davenport (PublicAffairs, 2018), 320 pages, ISBN-13 978-1610398299, $20.80 on Amazon.com.
July 17, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Marc Morano's Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change covers almost every climate change topic imaginable, exposing the lies and hypocrisy behind the scare along the way.
June 15, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Review of The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis, by James Rickards (Portfolio Sentinel, 2016), 352 pages, ISBN-13 978-1591848080, $16.14 on Amazon.com.
May 16, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Review of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, by Steven Pinker (Viking Press, 2018), 576 pages, ISBN-13 978-0525427575, $21.42 on Amazon.com.
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April 13, 2018
By Jay Lehr, Kenneth Haapala, Patrick Moore, Patrick Frank
Although completed too late to submit to the judge, this document stands on its own as a good primer on climate change.
February 28, 2018
By Jay Lehr
This Heartland Policy Study critiques and rebuts the “Climate Science Special Report” released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in November 2017. It refutes the earlier report’s assumption that “the science is settled” and exposes its biases.
July 15, 2014
By Jay Lehr
The national EPA must be systematically dismantled and replaced by a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies.
January 29, 2014
By Jay Lehr
Dr. Jay Lehr, science director of The Heartland Institute and one of the authors of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, delivered the testimony below to the Washington State Senate in January, 2014.

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