Center on Climate and Environmental Policy

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 30-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. In 2014, we plan to . . . 

■ Publish and promote the most important book on global warming in 2014: Climate Change Reconsidered II: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities

■ Host the largest gathering of global warming “skeptics” in the world, the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-9).

■ 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.

■ 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.

No Global Warming At All for 17 Years 5 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.
  • 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.