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Climate Change
July 25, 2017
NY Magazine Says Earth Will Be Uninhabitable By End Of Century. Wrong
More than 100 years ago, it was not uncommon to find people, usually men, standing on street corners of major cities holding large placards or signs proclaiming, “Repent, the End Is Near.
Climate Change
July 25, 2017
Another Garbage James Hansen Prediction: World’s Young Face $535 Trillion Bill for Climate
It does not matter how many supporters a theory has or who they are. If the data disagree, the theory is dead.
Environment
July 24, 2017
China Will Never Be a Climate Leader — Unless There Is a Payoff
China talks a tough game but never fails to put up its word on the environmental front. Now the world looks to them to be a leader in spite of the US leaving Paris.
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Environment
July 21, 2017
Attorneys General Push for Repeal of EPA Rules
A letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed by eight Republican attorneys general calls for the “repeal, replacement or modification” of the Clean Power Plan and 20 other EPA regulations issued by the Obama administration.
Climate Change
July 18, 2017
The Agenda Behind Global Warming Alarmism
There is plenty of other evidence that CO2 is trivial to climate change. For starters: Water vapor is by far the most important greenhouse gas, providing 96% to 98% of any greenhouse effect.
Climate Change
July 18, 2017
California Public Employee Pension Rejects Divestment
The caretakers of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) have chosen not to give in to pressure to divest their holdings in fossil fuel-related businesses.
 

The Issue

The debate over global warming is the most consequential public policy debate taking place today in the United States and around the world. The stakes are enormous.

According to some scientists, stabilizing the climate would require reducing carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent or even more by the middle of the century. Rationing access to energy and forcing a transition to alternatives to fossil fuels would reduce the quality of life of billions of people around the world, squander one of America’s greatest comparative advantages among the world’s nations, and cause the premature death of millions of people.

Most scientists do not believe human greenhouse gas emissions are a proven threat to the environment or to human well-being, despite a barrage of propaganda insisting otherwise coming from the environmental movement and echoed by its sycophants in the mainstream media. Surveys and article-counting exercises alleged to show a “consensus” invariably ask the wrong questions (e.g., is climate change happening, rather than whether a human impact is likely to be dangerous) or are methodologically flawed. More reliable research shows the science community is deeply divided and unsure about the causes and consequences of climate change.

Our Stance

The Heartland Institute has participated in the global debate over climate policy since 1993, when it published an influential book titled Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism. Our position has always been that if human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases pose a threat to the natural world and human health, then actions to avoid the threat would be necessary. But if the best-available research shows there is little danger or that there is nothing we can do to prevent climate change, then we should oppose legislation adopted in the name of “stopping” global warming.

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Flourishing corn crop
The evidence is overwhelming that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have will continue to help plants thrive, leading to greater biodiversity, shrinking deserts, expanded habitat for wildlife, and more food for a growing human population.
Woman with questioning look
The claim of “scientific consensus” on the causes and consequences of climate change is without merit. There is no survey or study showing “consensus” on any of the most important scientific issues in the climate change debate.
Chart showing upward economic growth
Economics can show committed environmentalists how they can better achieve their goals by recognizing fundamental economic principles such as the need to make trade-offs, to measure costs and benefits, and to take into account such economic concepts as discount rates and marginal costs.
Kids studying science in a lab
Overwhelming scientific evidence suggests the greenhouse gas-induced global climate signal is so small as to be embedded within the background variability of the natural climate system and is not dangerous. At the same time, global temperature change is occurring, as it always naturally does.

Additional Subtopics

  • Adaptation
  • Alarmism
  • Carbon Sequestrian
  • Climate Change Regulation
  • Climate Models
  • Human Effects
  • IPCC
  • Media Bias
  • NIPCC
  • Private Initiatives
  • Realism
  • Temperatures

Videos

Title: Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming FAQ: Is the science in the book peer-reviewed?
Description: Surveys show a large percentage of teachers are skeptical that human activity is causing a climate crisis, but they have access to a one-sided alarmist view of the subject that dominates text books for public and private schools. The Heartland Institute sent copies of “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” to more than 300,000 K-12 and college-level teachers all across America to ensure they have a resource to teach the controversy about this subject, and have in hand some of the scientific arguments that counter climate alarmism. As Heartland’s Tim Benson explains in this video, the science in the book comes from the peer-reviewed scientific literature, and is but one chapter in a large, upcoming volume of peer-reviewed data and analysis in the Climate Change Reconsidered series from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. See a free PDF copy of the book at this link: https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/why-scientists-disagree-about-global-warming

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