Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is a Chicago-based free market think tank that attacks the science behind global warming and routinely pushes for legislation weakening or repealing renewable energy policies. It has received contributions from fossil fuel corporations, including ExxonMobil. Heartland has also worked with the tobacco industry to minimize the negative public perception that second-hand tobacco smoke was bad for your health and lobbied against public health reforms.

Joe Bast and Willie Soon

Joseph Bast and Willie Soon on Fox News

According to The Guardian, “Heartland has built a reputation over the years for providing a forum for climate change sceptics. But it is especially known for hosting a series of lavish conferences of climate science doubters at expensive hotels in New York’s Times Square as well as in Washington DC.”

Staff at Heartland include climate-deniers Joseph Bast, Jay Lehr, and Jim Lakely. Bast was also a Founding Director, officer, and a member of the executive committee of the State Policy Network.

Recent Posts About Heartland Institute

Front Groups Spread Disinformation in Attempt to Freeze Ohio Cleantech Laws

Front groups backed by utility and fossil fuel companies spread disinformation to back up legislation that freezes Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.

Peabody Energy Funding Climate Change Denial and Anti-Renewable Campaigns

Analysis of bankruptcy court documents reveals Peabody Energy funding climate denial that span trade associations, lobby groups, and industry front groups.

Paul Chesser, Fossil Fuel Pundit, Attacks Tech Industry’s Cleantech Investments

The biography of Paul Chesser includes a long list of fossil fuel-backed front groups that he’s currently involved with, which may explain his blatant anti-renewable energy stance.

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.