Beacon Hill Institute

David Tuerck

David Tuerck

The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) is a right-wing think tank that is housed at Suffolk University in Boston, MA until the end of 2016. It was started as the research arm of the Department of Economics.

The institute’s executive director, David Tuerck, has a history of manipulating science on tobacco smoke and climate change. He is currently listed as an “expert” on Heartland’s website and is a regular speaker at their climate denial conferences.

BHI is also an affiliate of the State Policy Network (SPN) and has most recently been cited by both American Legislative Exchange Council members and SPN organizations to discredit renewable energy standards. The reports attacking the laws produced by BHI have been thoroughly debunked by independent economists at Synapse Energy Economics. Synapse found “fundamental flaws in both the energy data and the economic modeling used by BHI.”

In December 2015, Suffolk University announced it will end its partnership with the think tank. David Tuerck said the university made its work impossible by denying research proposals and imposing transparent fund-raising rules, which limited from whom the think tank could take money.


Recent Posts About Beacon Hill Institute

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Beacon Hill Institute EPA Attack Funded Through Richard Berman Front Group

The reports have been released in partnership with industry-funded state think tanks with ties to the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel special interest groups.


Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee Relies on Fossil Fuel Interests to Attack Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS)

Ohio legislators should be cautious of any action to freeze, eliminate, make voluntary or weaken the standard because the study committee will be forced to rely on special interest groups to come to their conclusion.

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Attacks on Clean Power Plan Based on Flawed Reports

This briefing outlines the studies frequently used by special interests, details who has been paid or consulted in the production of these reports, and exposes the front groups involved in circulating the reports.


Industry-funded Front Groups Working Together To Fight Clean Power Plan

These ten industry-funded front groups have been working to stop the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan regulations seeking to combat combat climate change.


North Carolina Renewable Energy Standard Attacked Again

After using last year’s legislative session to deal with Duke Energy’s Dan River coal ash spill, Republicans on the House Public Utilities Committee are bringing back their 2013 attempt to freeze the state’s clean energy law.


After Fossil Fuel Front Group Attacks on Clean Energy Fail, New Model Bill Emerges to Weaken RPS Laws

Members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), including fossil fuel corporations and front groups, will meet in Chicago this week to discuss their next round of attacks on clean energy policies. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), Energy […]