Americans Seek Truth with The Heartland Institute as Opposed to Radicals Like Al Gore and Greta Thunberg

by | Jun 1, 2022 |

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Of all the products produced by climate realists in our fight against the unscientific climate scare, none are more important than the Climate Change Reconsidered (CCR) series of reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). CCR reports summarize literally thousands of studies from peer-reviewed scientific journals that either refute or cast serious doubt on the science of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

The beauty of the CCR reports is that, whether the topic is temperature change, extreme weather trends, sea level, the biological effects of rising carbon dioxide, life in the ocean, or the benefits of fossils fuels, every subject is addressed in two ways: a heavily referenced, detailed chapter for experts and an easy-to-read summary for laypeople. Associated with each thousand-page CCR report is a straightforward Summary for Policy Makers of about a dozen pages. 

The publisher, editor, and indeed one of the driving forces that made these amazing documents come to fruition is the Arlington Heights, Illinois-based free-market think tank, The Heartland Institute. Readers are encouraged to direct anyone who says that “climate scientists agree we are causing a climate emergency; the science is settled” to the CCR reports at http://climatechangereconsidered.org/. 

Thousands of generous people join every year to support Heartland’s efforts to keep America a free and democratic republic. This is critically important right now since our country is under attack as never before from a communist movement parading under titles such as liberal and progressive. 

Once a mid-west-focused conservative think tank, today’s Heartland Institute is a nationally recognized force for freedom. Its public policy reform success is a result of a strategy to constantly educate policymakers with the best free-market research and to interact with them directly and personally. Heartland operates five policy centers as follows:

1) The Arthur B. Robinson Center on Climate and Environment

The Chicken Littles of climate change catastrophism constantly bombard us with their fictional prophecies of doom. From Al Gore to Greta Thunberg, the radical alarmist left enjoys fawning media coverage and unchecked indoctrination of our nation’s youth in public schools and universities.

Well, no more. Heartland recently launched an ambitious program to deliver the truth about climate realism into the hands of millions of American students. In October 2021, at Heartland’s 14th International Conference on Climate Change, they unveiled their own science coursebook, Climate at a Glance for Teachers and Students: Facts for Climate Realists on 30 Prominent Climate Topics.

The book presents scientifically compelling summaries of 30 common climate change issues. Each summary runs two to four pages, with visually appealing graphics. Heartland just ordered a first print run of 100,000 copies of Climate at a Glance and will send them to 100,000 high school and middle school science teachers very soon. 

This critical project is only their opening salvo for climate and environmental policy this year. They will also meet with and directly educate state lawmakers about climate realism, arming them with the facts about harmful alarmist policies.

2) Consumers for Health Care Choices 

Most people don’t know that a tidal wave of free-market health care reform is moving through the states. Politicians in Washington, D.C. are in for a rude awakening when free-market policy leaders at the state level soon rise up to take their place. Heartland works hand-in-hand with hundreds of these state legislators who have joined their Legislative Forum to promote patient freedom in health care. These rising stars are the future federal leaders who will usher in America’s sorely needed free-market reforms.

Heartland fought for many significant deregulations of the health care marketplace that were enacted in the states during the COVID-19 pandemic. With America’s attention on health care, they expect to see many more successful reforms to expand freedom.

Heartland recently published the American Health Care Plan, a comprehensive proposal to reduce regulations, increase competition in the health insurance system, lower costs and create universal access to care through the free market. These real-world reforms are improving America’s medical system and making the argument for further reductions of government control. 

Heartland is trying to prevent Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the 12 remaining holdout states by educating lawmakers and voters about the public health costs of draconian lockdowns and mask mandate.

3) Heartland’s 3rd Policy Center deals with Budgets and Taxes

The Biden administration and spendthrift members of Congress are driving America over a fiscal cliff. Many states fare no better. If we champions of liberty do not equip free-market reformers with effective solutions, America will face devastating stagflation in the near future.

Regulatory policy is also important, and Heartland is involved here as well as it seeks reductions in occupational licensing and expansions of worker freedom. Minimum wage hikes and other unnecessary restrictions on commerce regularly receive Heartland’s scrutiny and are defeated.

Perhaps the most destructive regulations in place today are the special carve-outs enjoyed by the cartel of Big Tech social media companies, which collude frequently with the Biden administration to silence critics online. Heartland led the nation last year in confronting these violations of America’s 2021 Policy Impact. Legislatures in 32 states considered bills to reform laws that allow Big Tech monopolies to censor speech, often done at the behest of the Biden administration. Heartland testified on these bills 25 times and consulted directly with bill sponsors in Florida and Texas, who passed landmark online free speech bills.

Heartland encouraged legislators in all 50 states to reassert their constitutional authority against overzealous governors, and at least eight states did so. Indiana lawmakers overrode a gubernatorial veto to pass its bill, and more states are continuing these fights in 2022.

4) The Center for Transforming Education 

The battle for America’s education system is the battle for the hearts, minds, and souls of the next generation. School closures and politicized curricula have awakened parents throughout the nation.

The righteous anger of concerned parents fueled Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s surprise victory in Virginia, and Heartland sees many policy reform opportunities on the horizon.

With education reform in the spotlight, a number of states are considering universal school choice programs, which give funding directly to families rather than underperforming public schools. Existing school choice programs supported by Heartland were expanded in eight states.

5) Socialism Research Center, Heartland’s newest center

The current direction of America’s public policy debate is increasingly socialist at the federal level and in many states. Consequently, this center is dedicated to combating the alarming rise of socialist ideas in general and specifically among America’s youth. Heartland hopes to reform curricula to teach students the truth about socialism’s legacy of brutality, as well as America’s challenging but necessary role in defeating it. The team’s mission is to expose the socialist underbelly of the radical left’s policies, including the Green New Deal and the World Economic Forum’s “Great Reset” of global capitalism. 

Members of the Socialism Research Center team were the top contributors to Glenn Beck’s latest New York Times bestseller, Arguing with Socialists. And Heartland’s Justin Haskins and Donald Kendal coauthored Beck’s new book, The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First Century Fascism, which just debuted at number one on Amazon.

Anti-socialist online education has been Heartland’s largest social media outreach campaign to date, adding significantly to their audience of millions of viewers every month. Their successful efforts to curtail Big Tech’s censorship of pro-liberty views cleared a path for them to capture the imagination of the millennial generation, so often seduced by the siren call of socialism.

The Socialism Research Center’s series of high-profile exposés on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Great Reset helped to turn public opinion against the scheme, causing the WEF to rebrand the effort and scale it back. Green New Deal legislation continues to stall in Congress, and its recommended climate change task forces have been blocked by Heartland’s educational efforts in most states.

This coming weekend we will have Heartland’s President James Taylor as our guest on THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY at both 11 am and 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5 on America Out Loud Talk Radio.

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Dr. Jay Lehr is a Senior Policy Analyst with the International Climate Science Coalition and former Science Director of The Heartland Institute. He is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and speaker who has testified before Congress on dozens of occasions on environmental issues and consulted with nearly every agency of the national government and many foreign countries. After graduating from Princeton University at the age of 20 with a degree in Geological Engineering, he received the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the University of Arizona. He later became executive director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada’s Parliament.

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