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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 science director at The Heartland Institute.

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. is 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 federal government, as well as many foreign countries.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Lehr is the author of more than 1,000 magazine and journal articles and 30 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).

Dr. 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 for having jumped from an airplane each and every month for 32 years.

Recent Articles and Publications

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February 24, 2017
By Jay Lehr
Clexit clearly shows constraining low-cost energy, as the Paris Agreement requires, would ensure billions of people in developing countries continue to endure starvation, disease, and misery.
February 10, 2017
By Jay Lehr
As I summarize my experiences as an adult reader of these books, I cannot emphasize too strongly that all my readers should gift these books to the young readers in their lives.
January 30, 2017
By Jay Lehr
Review of Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, by Rush Limbaugh (Threshold Editions, October 2013), 224 pp.; $12.19 on ISBN-10: 1476755868, ISBN-13: 978-1476755861
January 26, 2017
By Jay Lehr
In her new novel Climatized, Sally Fernandez has discovered an effective way to communicate issues on the topic of global warming to a wider audience.
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
Prepared for the Washington State SenateAmong my studies in physics, has been the study of climate, present, past and future, ever since the 1970s when the popular press was warning of an advancing ice age, and on into the 90s when global warming took
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.
July 12, 2011
By Jay Lehr
Review of Radiation Hormesis and the Linear-No-Threshold Assumption, by Charles L. Sanders (Springer-Verlag, 2009), 217 pages, ISBN-13: 9783642037191Charles Sanders has written one of the finest scientific research publications I have ever read.

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