Environment

Environment

About the Center

The Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute produces an ambitious program of research and educational projects in defense of sound science and market-based approaches to protecting the environment.

It has assembled a world-wide team of leading scientists and economic experts to participate in the production of books, videos, monthly and weekly publications, events, government relations, and other activities.

Heartland’s experts address a wide range of environment and energy issues, including climate change, fracking, renewable energy mandates, transportation, air and water quality, agricultural practices, recycling, and more.

Heartland is best known for its work on climate change. Our views on climate change and energy are well summarized in these 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

The Myth of the Climate Change ‘97%’

According to a peer-reviewed report in Global Environmental Change published in 2016, “it is clear that Heartland has been a front-runner in conservative think tank literature production [on climate change] and has been a leader in public outreach. Indeed, Heartland has been recognized by scholars as a significant contrarian actor and has been prominently studied in past literature on organized climate skepticism.”

Heartland’s efforts have been featured – generally in unflattering terms – in The Economist, Nature, The Nation, New York Times, Washington Post, and most major newspapers in the world. It has hosted 11 International Conferences on Climate Change and edits and publishes Climate Change Reconsidered, a series of hefty multi-author volumes presenting the most authoritative and comprehensive critiques of the reports of the United Nations’ IPCC.

In 2015, Heartland sent a delegation of scientists and policy experts to Rome to produce a “counter-program” during the Vatican’s “Global Warming Summit,” attracting international media attention as well as the attention of the pope and high-ranking officials in the Catholic Church. In December, we sent a delegation to Paris to similarly present a contrary perspective at the United Nation’s Twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP-21).

The center produces Environment & Climate News, the national outreach publication for the free-market environmentalism movement, sent to every national and state elected official and thousands of opinion leaders in the United States. The center also produces a weekly e-newsletter, Climate Change Weekly, sent to some 6,067 subscribers. Some 200 issues of that newsletter have been released to date.

Heartland also produces policy studies, books, videos, booklets, and other educational materials reaching millions of people each year. Recent books include The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism, Climate Change Reconsidered, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, The Neglected Sun, and Nothing to Fear. It produces hundreds of op-eds, media alerts, and letters to the editor each year. It generates extensive press coverage worldwide.

The center contacts thousands of elected officials each week specifically on climate and environmental policy, offering them the best-available research and help with scheduling hearings and expert testimony. These contacts are almost entirely educational and not lobbying. We do not ask elected officials to vote for or against pending legislation.

Heartland’s Science Director, Dr. Jay Lehr, is editor of many widely used and respected reference works on environmental topics, most recently Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia (Wiley Series on Energy, 2016). Dr. H. Sterling Burnett, research fellow and managing editor of Environment & Climate News and Climate Change Weekly, has emerged as one of the nation’s most prolific and persuasive commentators on climate change.

Center Named in Honor of Arthur B. Robinson

In late 2015, The Heartland Institute received a pledge by donors requesting anonymity of $2 million over five years earmarked to support the work of its Center on Climate and Environmental Policy. The first installment of the gift was received in January. In return, we happily agreed to rename the center the Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environmental Policy. Dr. Robinson, a long-time ally and friend of the Center, graciously agreed to allow us to use his name and expects to be more actively involved with the center and The Heartland Institute in the coming years.

Dr. Arthur Robinson is founder and research professor of chemistry at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM). He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego, and served as a faculty member of University of California at San Diego until co-founding the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine with Linus Pauling in 1973.

In 1981, Dr. Robinson founded the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a non-profit research institute devoted to conducting basic and applied research in subjects immediately applicable to increasing the quality, quantity, and length of human life. Research in the institute’s laboratories includes work in protein biochemistry, diagnostic medicine, nutrition, preventive medicine, and aging. The institute also carries out work on the improvement of basic education and emergency preparedness.

Dr. Robinson also writes and edits Access to Energy, a newsletter that discusses scientific issues of special importance to the public interest, which he took over from its founder Petr Beckmann in 1993.

In 1997, Dr. Robinson, along with his son Noah, Dr. Frederick Seitz, Dr. Sallie Baliunas, Dr. Willie Soon, and others, organized the Petition Project, a statement firmly rejecting global warming alarmism eventually signed by more than 31,000 U.S. scientists. Dr. Robinson updated and re-issued the petition in 2007 and continues to maintain it as the world’s largest directory of scientists who reject global warming alarmism.

Dr. Robinson received the “Voice of Reason” award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change in 2014 and presented at the Second International Conference on Climate Change in 2008.


Heartland's Trip to Paris for COP-21

One of the most important battles in the history of the global warming debate was fought November 30 - December 12, 2015 at a United Nations climate conference in Paris known as COP-21, or the twenty-first "Conference of the Parties." And The Heartland Institute was there!

The UN attempted to impose binding carbon dioxide restrictions on the United States and transfer billions of dollars of climate "reparations" from the United States to corrupt third-world dictatorships like the Maldives and Zimbabwe. They failed, coming to terms on an agreement with zero legal standing and no binding obligations.

The Heartland Institute worked with other leading think tanks and advocacy groups — such as the Cooler Heads CoalitionHeritage Foundation, CFACTCompetitive Enterprise InstituteNIPCC and allied groups in Europe. Our voice was heard, and it ensured that energy consumers and taxpyers were represented on the ground in Paris — and that sound science and economics was part of the global discussion.

We call December 12, 2015 VGW Day — Victory over Global Warming Day! See everything we did in Paris for COP-21 at this link.


Heartland's Trip to Rome in April 2015

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.


The ONE CHART the Alarmists Can't Refute, and Why They Won't Debate

No Global Warming At All for 18 Years 7 Months(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.
  • Fracking Facts: What do we know about 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.