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HW: Climate Realism Triumphs in Washington DC

April 3, 2017

The Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-12) was a rousing success.

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Mr. President, ‘Don’t Just Reform EPA, End It’
Joseph Bast, Breitbart
After years in the wilderness, we are now in the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy – and coming soon to NASA, NOAA, and the rest of Washington, DC’s alphabet soup of regulatory agencies. We’re in the White House. We’ve already won the science debate: Most scientists don’t believe climate change is mostly man-made and dangerous. We’ve demonstrated beyond doubt that there is no scientific “consensus” on the most important issues in the global warming debate, and there never was. READ MORE

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Air Quality and Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining
Isaac Orr and Mark Krumenacher
Frac sand mining may soon be a contentious issue in your community. Its opponents claim sand mining is an “unregulated industry” that threatens air and water quality. Your neighbors and friends may be especially worried about the potential impact of sand mining on air quality. Those concerns are thoughtfully addressed in this Heartland Policy Study, the final paper in a six-part series addressing frac sand mining. READ MORE

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Climate Realism Triumphs in Washington DC
H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
The Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-12) was a rousing success. More than 300 scientists, economists, politicians, and other climate-realist fellow travelers attended and/or spoke at the event, with more than 7,000 others watching live online. Having fought for years to publicize a realistic understanding of climate science and the costs of climate policies, climate realists finally found a receptive audience in the nation’s capital. READ MORE

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Featured Podcast: Ted Bromund: Brexit
Last year, one of the big surprises of 2016 was British voters’ decision to leave the European Union – the so-called “Brexit” vote. On March 29, British Prime Minister Theresa May officially filed for “divorce” from the E.U., invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start about two years of negotiations over Britain’s terms of separation from the larger political and economic union. Ted Bromund, senior research fellow in Anglo-American relations at The Heritage Foundation, says the Brexit talks are uncharted territory for foreign relations, containing real rewards and risks for Britain and America alike. LISTEN TO MORE

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‘Skinny Budget’ Outline Is the Right Stuff
Jesse Hathaway, American Thinker
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget outline, offered in March, significantly departs from decades of business-as-usual government appropriations, refocusing the federal government’s priorities on core functions and getting government out of the way of consumers and producers. Trump’s so-called “skinny budget” shifts government spending away from discretionary spending, an optional part of the federal appropriations process, as well as suggesting closing questionable government offices such as the officious U.S. Institute of Peace. READ MORE

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Forced Union Fees Are Neither Fair Nor ‘Bipartisan’
Teresa Mull, Orange County Register
The U.S. Supreme Court will likely consider for a second time whether teachers unions should be allowed to force non-union members to pay them for collective bargaining services they don’t want. The California Teachers Association contends its forced union fees are the non-union members’ “fair share,” but what is “fair” about strong-arming people into paying for services they don’t want or need and in many cases violate their moral convictions? READ MORE

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Health Care Reform Lives, Vindicating House Conservatives
Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
Repealing and replacing Obamacare is back on the menu, days after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) postponed and then canceled a vote on the American Health Care Act, which he had claimed embodied Republicans’ only meaningful chance to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. In a press conference, Ryan insisted “it is just too important” and “Obamacare is doing too much damage to families.” The announcement vindicates House conservatives, who banked on having other opportunities to replace ACA when they called Ryan’s bluff. READ MORE

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California School Has Funding Cut Because Student Population Is Too White
Teresa Mull, School Choice Weekly
A California middle school has had its funding cut because it doesn’t enroll a high-enough percentage of non-white students, Los Angeles’ ABC7 reports. The school’s minority enrollment level dropped below 30 percent, a racial threshold imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.This is yet another example of why government shouldn’t be involved in mandating where children are educated – or anything else involving education, for that matter. READ MORE

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Bonus Podcast: Joy Pullmann: 'How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids'
Joy Pullmann, managing editor of The Federalist, Heartland research fellow, and author of The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids, explains how the Common Core standards were implemented behind closed doors, and how the education elite ensure they remain firmly in place. Pullmann touches on what makes the Core, and national standards in general, so damaging and impractical, and what parents can and should do to help their children avoid their harmful effects. LISTEN TO MORE

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Pipeline Protestors Trash Protest Site
Bonner Cohen, Environment & Climate News
In the wake of months-long protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, state, local, and tribal officials are grappling with a new environmental problem: the huge mess the protesters left behind. By early March, a Florida contractor hired by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services had removed 48 million tons of trash, abandoned vehicles and trailers, and discarded propane tanks from encampments that served as staging areas for environmental activists’ sometimes-violent protests of the pipeline. The cost to taxpayers? $1 million and still counting. READ MORE

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Central Theory Behind Radiation Regulation Demolished by Research Find
Jay Lehr, Health Care News
The idea that cancer can be induced by low doses of ionizing radiation has been very controversial since it became the basis of national policy in the United States in 1958. The policy was adopted despite the fact hundreds of studies over the years have called the claim into question. Now, Edward J. Calabrese, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has conducted a detailed autopsy of the pseudo-science used to justify that policy and declares it “dead at 89 years.” READ MORE

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Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute.
jlakely@heartland.org @jlakely
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