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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.

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is the science director at The Heartland Institute, an independent nonprofit organization based in Chicago. He 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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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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May 4, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Science Director Jay Lehr appeared in the Wall Street Journal to discuss the steps we're taking to combat malaria.
April 27, 2018
By Jay Lehr
In the book Global Warming Temperatures and Projections, physicist William T. Lynch uses physics and mathematical modeling to analyze climate change, demonstrating peoples’ fears of runaway climate change are unjustified.
April 24, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Joseph Bast, Jay Lehr, S. Stanley Young, H. Sterling Burnett, Frederick D. Palmer, Bette Grande, Steven Milloy
'One small step for regulatory reform, one giant leap for scientific integrity and political transparency' - H. Sterling Burnett
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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