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Environment
January 13, 2017
Climate Alarmists Push Panic Button
Climate Change Weekly #236
Environment
January 9, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute Experts React to Today’s ‘Day of Denial’ Protests by Radical Environmental Groups
"Few people are better suited to undertake the radical reforms necessary to bring the federal regulatory behemoth to heel." - H. Sterling Burnett
Energy
January 9, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Fred Palmer Joins The Heartland Institute as Senior Fellow
‘I am deeply honored by The Heartland Institute to be asked to serve as senior fellow on energy and climate.’ — Frederick D. Palmer
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Climate Change
January 9, 2017
Purdue Researchers Find GMO Ban Would Result in Higher Food Prices and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
According to Purdue University researchers a global GMO ban would result in higher carbon dioxide emissions and cost billions of dollar in lost welfare.
Environment
January 9, 2017
Climate Change 101: Evidence Humans Aren’t Destroying the Climate
Evidence suggests human greenhouse-gas emissions are having only a very small impact on global climate, with virtually all the alarmists’ model predictions routinely failing to match reality.
Environment
January 9, 2017
Reality-based Climate Forecasting
Continuing to focus on carbon dioxide as the driving force will just bring more bogus predictions.
 

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.

Featured Subtopics

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: Man-caused Global Warming: The Greatest Scam in World History
Description: Video of Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr at the AM 560 Freedom Summit in suburban Chicago on October 29, 2016. Lehr's thesis: There is not now, nor has there ever been, any scientific evidence proving mankind has affected the climate on a global scale. Our media and “scientific community” tell us otherwise. But here’s the truth: The hypothesis of man-caused global warming is based almost entirely on computer modeling that are, quite simply, a bad scientific joke. However, that has not stopped politicians from pouring hundreds of millions in taxpayer-funded grants to unethical scientists to keep the scam going. The result is continued impoverishment of the poor, a declining standard of living for the middle class, and greater empowerment of the ruling class.

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