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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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March 13, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Review of The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money, by Bryan Caplan (Princeton University Press, 2018), 416 pp.; $20.04 on ISBN-10: 0691174652, ISBN-13: 978-0691174655
March 10, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Review of Unstable Majorities: Polarization, Party Sorting, and Political Stalemate, Morris P. Fiorina (Hoover Institution Press, 2017), 264 pages, ISBN-13 978-0817921156, $24.81 on
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.
February 3, 2018
By Jay Lehr
Review of The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change, by Ingrid H. H. Zabel, Don Duggan-Haas, and Robert M. Ross
January 31, 2018
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jay Lehr, Peter Ferrara, Frederick D. Palmer, H. Sterling Burnett, Lennie Jarratt, Bette Grande, Tom Harris, James H. Rust, David S. D’Amato, Kenneth Haapala, David Guldenschuh, Corey DeAngelis , Wayne Allyn Root, J.T. Edwards, E. Calvin Beisner, Jane M. Orient, M.D., David L. Applegate, Howard L. Simons, William Briggs, Timothy Ball, Michelle Smith, Gerard Gianoli, M.D., Ronald D. Rotunda (1945 - 2018), Randal O’Toole, James Wanliss , Yuri Maltsev, Stephen B. Presser, Michael Schaus, Jim Waters, Russ McCullough, Christopher Garbacz
“The Heartland Institute has been advising many in the administration on climate and energy policy, so we were certainly encouraged and excited the president promoted his pro-energy, pro-America vision in his State of the Union Address.” - Tim Huelskamp
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.
January 4, 2013
By Jay Lehr
A new report written by one of the nation’s leading authorities on groundwater hydrology and nuclear energy says uranium mining in Virginia can take place safely and with minimal environmental impact.

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