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Steven Milloy

Director, The Heartland Institute

Steven Milloy is a recognized leader in the fight against junk science with more than 25 years of accomplishment and experience. He joined the Board of Directors of The Heartland Institute in 2020.

Credited with popularizing the term “junk science,” Milloy is the founder and publisher of and, from 2000-2009, wrote the popular “Junk Science” column for He is an expert on energy, environmental and public health issues, a public affairs consultant, author, TV/radio commentator and public speaker. Milloy was trained in natural sciences, biostatistics, law and securities regulation. He has also been an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a broker-dealer; and a registered securities principal, investment fund manager, non-profit executive, print/web columnist on science and business issues, and coal company executive. Milloy’s latest book is Scare Pollution: Why and How to Fix the EPA. Milloy served on the Trump EPA transition team. has garnered numerous awards, including being named a “Top Resource” and one of the “Most Popular” health news Web sites by Yahoo!; “One of the 50 Best Web Sites of 1998” by Popular Science; and a “Hot Pick” by the journal Science. Milloy has testified on risk assessment and Superfund before the U.S. Congress; and has lectured before numerous organizations. He is the author of several books, including Junk Science Judo: Self-defense Against Health Scares and Scams (Cato Institute, 2001) and has written more than 500 published commentaries on a variety of business and junk science topics. 

Milloy received a B.A. in Natural Sciences and Master of Health Sciences (Biostatistics) from Johns Hopkins University, a JD from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Laws (Securities regulation) from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 20, 2021
By Steven Milloy
Joe Biden plans to make good on his promise to phase-out fossil fuels
April 7, 2020
By Steven Milloy
Coronavirus is a serious and unique global public health challenge that has crippled and shutdown much of the US and global economies with unprecedented speed and shock.
December 23, 2019
By Steven Milloy
What follows are climate predictions forecast to come true during the 2010s - one for each year. A few timely missed predictions for 2020 are also added as a bonus feature. WATCH THE VIDEO VERSION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.
October 17, 2018
By Steven Milloy
The Environmental Protection Agency’s and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safe Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule will save consumer’s money and improve vehicle safety, reducing deaths by 12,000 in total by model year 2029.
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
August 24, 2016
By Steven Milloy
EPA-funded studies at a number of universities raise troubling questions concerning whether participants could truly give “informed consent,” based on the information they were provided.

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