Environment

Environment

The Heartland Institute is "the world’s most prominent think tank promoting skepticism about man-made climate change.”

The Economist, May 26, 2012

 

The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Heartland’s Center on Climate and Environmental Policy promotes pro-environment policies based on sound science and economics, not alarmism or ideology. Our strong stand against the politicization of science on matters of public health and the environment have earned us the enmity of many liberal public health and environmental groups and their allies in the mainstream media. 

In 2012, The Economist called Heartland “the world’s most prominent think tank supporting skepticism about man-made  climate change.” The New York Times called us “the primary American organization pushing climate change skepticism.” We also address other environmental issues including renewable portfolio standards (RPS), clean air standards, smart drilling and hydraulic fracturing, sustainable development, food safety, and more.

Through events, publications, social media, and government relations programs we have changed public opinion on climate change and other environmental topics, and consequently helped change public policy not only in the U.S. but in other countries as well. Our views on climate change and energy are well summarized in these three documents:

There is No “Scientific Consensus” on Global Warming

The Global Warming Crisis Is Over

Five Elements of a Pro-Energy, Pro-Environment, Pro-Jobs Plan

 In 2015, we plan to . . . 

■ Defend and recognize Dr. Willie Soon and other brave scientists who challenge unscientific claims that global warming is a crisis.”

■ Publish and promote the third volume in the most important series of books on global warming: Climate Change Reconsidered II: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities

■ Host the largest gathering of global warming “skeptics” in the world, the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-10) in Washington, DC.

■ Publish the most influential monthly publication on environmental issues sent to every national and state elected official, Environment & Climate News.

■ Produce a dozen other books, booklets, policy studies, and a new edition of Ten Principles of Energy Policy, and send them to tens of thousands of the most influential people in the world.

■ Distribute more than 150,000 copies of our “Global Warming: Crisis or Delusion?” flier and poster.  

■ Conduct a comprehensive communications campaign including online and social media, public speakers, exhibiting, direct mail, and more to confront “junk science” and oppose unnecessary regulations and government spending.

■ Work with allies in other countries to oppose global warming alarmism there.


Heartland's Trip to Rome

 

On April 28, 2014, the Vatican held a one-day climate summit with the United Nations featuring some of the most radical environmental activists in the world. They were there to give Pope Francis a one-sided, alarmist view of climate science in hopes of influencing his highly anticipated encyclical on the environment.

The Heartland Institute traveled to Rome to give Pope Francis the full story on the climate, including a look at the latest data showing human activity is not causing a climate crisis. We didn't want Pope Francis to make the mistake of putting his enormous moral authority behind junk science and policies that would make the plight of the world’s poor even worse.

The trip was an enormous success, gaining massive international media attention. More importantly, our voice was heard inside the walls of the Vatican.

Read more about this historic mission for science to the Vatican by clicking this link.

 


 

No Global Warming At All for 18 Years 1 Month(Data by Remote Sensing Systems; chart by Christopher Monckton.) 

Ideas

  • Carbon Tax

    Carbon taxes are job killers. Energy cost is tightly correlated with economic growth, and any increase in the price of energy has negative impacts on job creation, per-capita income, and growth in GDP. Since 80 percent of energy consumed in America comes from fossil fuels, a carbon tax would raise energy costs across the board, hurting every industry and every consumer.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing

    New natural gas discoveries in shale rock formations and rapid technological advances to recover the gas have improved the U.S. domestic energy outlook. Shale extraction has proven remarkably safe for the environment and the newfound abundance of domestic natural gas reserves promises unprecedented energy prosperity and security.
  • Global Warming: Not a Crisis

    How much of the warming of the second half of the twentieth century was natural and how much was man-made? Did the warming continue into the twenty-first century? What are consequences of moderate warming? What, if anything, should be done? These are all legitimate questions that people all around the world are asking. The Heartland Institute, “a major force among climate sceptics” (according to the science journal Nature), publishes books and studies, produces videos, and hosts international conferences on this important topic.