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Causes: Education, Human Services

Mission:

The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1984 and devoted to research and education. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.

Programs: The Heartland Institute publishes four national monthly newspapers covering free-market ideas in school reform, environmental protection, health care finance, and tax and budget matters. Heartland also publishes three policy newsletters, addressing the digital economy; lawsuit abuse; and public policy from a free-market multicultural perspective. It also publishes a members' newsletter. Heartland has a substantial presence on the Internet (http://www.heartland.org), including PolicyBot -- the Internet's largest collection of free-market public policy research. Eight Heartland Senior Fellows travel the country giving speeches to audiences of all sizes. Heartland also publishes occasional books and policy studies and hosts seminars and other events.

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I saw your group mentioned in a good article in the Sunday Tulsa World newspaper. I am an oil and gas well operator in Oklahoma and got the short end of the EPA meaningless regulations on two occasions in the past two years. One was last summer when the sparse grass around oil storage tanks was 4-6" high and the inspector wanted it 2" high. He also fined me for not having a plastic 5 gallon catch bucket on the end of a oil pipe where the truck loads each month. I also had to "clean up" a 2' X 3' area under the pipe where oil has spilled for the past 15 years when the truck connects and disconnects his hoses. This was because that could with a heavy rain have run into a creek 1320' away thru two pastures and a 10% down grade. Really ? I have pictures. I switched out the dirt in the area and put a bucket on the pipe within 3 hours of the inspection but still had to pay $300.00. Mind you I have never had a spill or problem in 15 years. You would think a reasonable inspector would say "fix this today and I won't fine you". Nope. I went along with all the requirements of the inspector and didn't make a stink.
I also got fined $2,000.00 for not having 4" of heavy oil sludge cleaned out of two 200 barrel oil tanks inside a dike that had been shut in for 3 years. The dike is clean and the tanks were technically empty. No spills or problems here in years and years also. No homes within a mile either. But, I cleaned the tanks within 5 calendar days of his inspection and still had to pay the fine. The inspector said if there was a lightning strike the 3 barrels of heavy asphalt substance might catch fire. But again I was not given any time to comply, and none of us have the time to read a big book of regulations to find out where we can get fined. We are safe and responsible because our livelihood depends on it.
I hope Scott Pruitt the new director of the EPA will get rid of this kind of heavy handed stupidity.
Leonard R.
Silvertin Farm Production, LLC
Tulsa, Ok.

1 Gerard S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You emails keep me apprised of current event in the smaller government movements and are basically conservative which is my preference with all government programs, policies and Constitutional issues. Keep up the good work. From a Tea Party organizer and member who believes government is totally out of control in all areas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a retired Georgia Tech engineering professor with an engineering Ph. D. who has worked in energy areas for more than 50 years. The Heartland Institute is the best source in the country for information on climate science and the folly of abandoning our abundant, inexpensive fossil fuels of coal, oil, and natural gas. The present technical state of renewable energy sources of solar, wind, ethanol from corn, and other biofuels demands too much land areas and are too expensive to provide the increases in lifespan, good health, ease of transportation, and comfortable living provided by fossil fuel energy. The public needs to study these issues and provide the vigilance needed to prevent climate alarmists from seizing control of the nation.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute is involved in a variety of projects. As a retired Georgia Tech nuclear engineering professor, I have great interest in energy policy. Unfortunately for the United States, its energy policies have been hijacked by the global warming scare claiming carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is causing catastrophic global warming. The Heartland Institute does the best job of any organization in the world to educate the public about the science of climate change and the role of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels having a negligible effect on global warming (climate change).

I am so impressed with The Heartland Institute's education programs I have made annual donations at the Patron Level and recommend others to do the same.

James H. Rust, Professor of nuclear engineering

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I admire the Heartland Institute for its pursuit of the truth. They bring an important voice to the marketplace of ideas. I can count on their opinions to be well researched and thoughtful. I may not share all of their views, but I do always respect them. For that reason, I have also put my money where my mouth is and made a small contribution. My thanks go to the Heartland Institute for what they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization scores high on ideology, low on facts and credibility.

3 John328

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Hahahahahaiii" 's comment was useful to me in that he hung himself. I have a biology degree with geology. I tend to think in units of 1,000 yrs. or more. Climate has changed many times, sometimes drastically in the history of the planet. Is human activity that much of an effect? I doubt it, strongly.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is the biggest load of BS I've ever seen. It's a bunch of rich Americans trying to get richer by doubting climate change to save the petroleum industry. It disgusts me how inaccurate their articles are and how they try to confuse the public about global warming.

3 Joseph Joe H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been an email subscriber for several years. I find their reporting; their analysis to be spot-on and the most timely, informative alternative to the socio-fascist print and electronic propaganda!! Go HEARTLAND!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heartland Institute provides the most reliable information on school choice and climate change of all the organizations I follow. Heartland analysts defend their positions against anyone, any where and any time and rarely are found wanting. By the way, Koch Industries employ more than 50,000 Americans in high paying industrial jobs. For our welfare state correspondents, that alone is reason enough to vilify.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heartland Institute is a breath of fresh air in the midst of a political culture of silencing critics. It offers opinions not freely expressed in the media. Facts and actual information is so helpful when dealing with the issues of supposed global warming.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became acquainted with Heartland when I served in the NH Legislature as someone left their newspaper for us in the anti room. Most interesting was the researched articles that gave more information on how laws were being introduced by special interest groups and what facts they may have uncovered. While I always try to read both or many sides of an issue I also like groups who do not go to the pocket book of the taxpayer. So I have continued to read and digest their well researched articles and am hopeful they will continue providing other information.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a former legislator and a member of Women in Government I found the research from the Heartland well done and balanced the more biased information I received from Women in Government. I like knowing there is a place I can turn and trust the research of information I get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heartland is ,for me, is enough reason for Chicago to exist. Most of what comes from the windy city is just wind!
If you value honesty, facts and accurate information Heartland is a must. With so much non-scientific drivel out there Heartland is a island of sanity.
Education, climate and budgetary issues all get an honest treatment with real Austrian economics instead of surreal Keynesian fantasy economics.
A GREAT source of unbiased, factual scientific information for those with enough education to realize the difference

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization is a great source of unbiased scientific data that debunks much of the junk science and politically motivated deception that currently masquerades as truth.

If you'd like to know the whole truth and see the big picture, you'll enjoy their work.

If your mind's made up and you don't want your favorite sacred cow deflated by the truth, you may not love them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I sent $2 each to the Democratic and Republican parties so that I could get their words of wisdom about the other party. Wow. What an eye opener. The words used by republicans to describe the democratic party were spirited, but the words used by democrats to describe republicans were very similar to those used by the Fascist Exposer. I wonder if he writes for them? Logic and facts are not nearly as useful to destroy as stuff you can make up.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The commenter Fascist Exposer apparently does not even read the financial information that Heartland releases on a regular basis. If he or she had, this commenter would know that the allegations in the comment are completely fabricated. Before spouting off next time, how about going to the source to get straight information before repeating falsehoods--if your purpose is to really speak the truth.

I have known the Heartland's founders more than 30 years--before Heartland was even founded. I donate to Heartland because of their integrity and desire to improve the world for everyone, and have found their research to be of top notch quality. It appears that rather than trying to refute their research, those who don't like the information they provide resort to name calling and lies. If their research and information is so factually incorrect, you could easily discredit Heartland by pointing out the specific errors. I'm sure the dedicated folks at Heartland would welcome a genuine dialog in an effort to bring forth the truth. You might want to try it. It would do a lot more to better the world than spewing hatred and lies.

2 Brian_Valentine

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heartland is a wonderful organization; they stand for unbiased scientific and technical analysis and for personal freedom. That is why I contribute what I can to them, and I wouldn't if I had any question about the integrity of the people behind the organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute is one of the best non-profits for providing accurate statistics and analyses on a variety of subjects. I have personally checked their accuracy on subjects and found them to be extremely accurate. I don't know where this Fascist Explorer gets his or her information. It is certainly not on planet earth.

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Donor

Rating: 4

If you want an alternate view to the liberal newspapers and tv news, This is the place to in which to tune

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Professional, Scientific and unbiased, in all presentations and programs.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

As an economist and researcher, I find The Heartland Institute is consistently at the forefront of all organizations in providing practical research that promotes prosperity for individual states as well as for the nation as a whole.