PRESS RELEASE: Anthony Watts Joins The Heartland Institute

Published April 5, 2019

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (April 4, 2019) – Anthony Watts, a TV and radio meteorologist for more than 40 years and founder of the award-winning climate website Watts Up With That, has joined The Heartland Institute today as senior fellow for environment and climate.

Watts work on climate issues, specifically the problems with temperature measurements via his website, has been cited worldwide in books, studies and government reports. To see some of Watts’ work, visit this page at

“The people at Heartland are working from a reality-based viewpoint of the climate issue saying in effect, ‘Hey wait a minute, look at this,’ to the people that would follow the path of climate alarmism hook, line, and sinker,” Watts said. “Despite having a tiny fraction of the budget and social media outreach some green organizations have, they have done a fantastic job of countering climate alarmism.

“Laughably, my critics have said for years that I have been ‘on the payroll’ of Heartland in some ‘nefarious capacity,’ even though I’ve never been on their payroll. I figure I might as well give these folks something factual to talk about now instead of just innuendo and smear campaigns,” Watts said.

“I credit the efforts of Heartland in President Trump’s decision to exit from the Paris Climate Accord,” Watts added. “What reality-based climate skeptic wouldn’t want to be on that winning team? I look forward to being able to help Heartland dispel fear and overreaction to climate hysteria by providing factual essays and research that helps policy makers with climate related decisions.”

To interview Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Anthony Watts, please contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] or on his cell: 312-731-9364.

Heartland President Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., praised Watts as “truly a leader in the climate movement.”

“I am honored that he has chosen to join The Heartland Institute,” Huelskamp said. “His energy, experience and scientific expertise will make an enormous, immediate positive impact on the Heartland team.”

James Taylor, senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, applauded Watts as “one of the most impactful voices on behalf of climate realism.”

“I look forward to working with Anthony presenting the compelling scientific evidence on climate change issues that the environmental left and their media allies do their best to ignore and sweep under the rug,” Taylor said.

The Heartland Institute is known globally as a leading think tank promoting scientific research showing that human activity is not causing a climate crisis. The latest volume of research, published this month, can be found at

Watts has spoken at eight of Heartland’s 12 International Conferences on Climate Change, including the 2015 conference when he received the Excellence in Climate Science Communication Awardfrom the International Climate Science Coalition.