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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.

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178 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Heartland for more than 25 years on many different subjects in the US and internationally. They are without a doubt the leaders in collating and publishing the real science of climate change, and are involved in many other topics as well. I look forward to continued collaboration with Heartland as we work to provide reliable and factual information to the public and leaders in government and industry.

Dave H.7

Advisor

Rating: 5

This website is where I can trust the presentation of contemporary issues in an objective, critical and studied way. This is one of the few public service websites that truly serves the public interest. That is why I agreed to serve as a volunteer advisor to the Institute.

Dave Harbour

Ron A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit executive, it was my good fortune to be given a sabbatical from the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise for a couple of years with Heartland Institute at the request of then-president, Joseph L. Bast, a long-time friend. The Institute was expanding its excellent publication system of periodicals, reports by noted scientists, books and peer-reviewed studies. It was time to disseminate information online and use a new style of website. Bast sought my advice working with the communication staff responsible for the new website. I had developed a method of exposing anti-free market operations, detailing their funding sources, lobbying plans, policy methods and other inside facts of opposition influence instruments. The Heartland staff liked the idea and adapted it to their goals. Working with them was like building a new space probe with NASA: a busy crew of experts were plowing new territory and trying every new idea but keeping only the good ones. The website master plan was to provide news and analysis, but also something new: detailed graphic profiles of the opposition's groups, organizations and networks, exposing where the funding came from and went, who was doing what, and why they did it. The result was a day by day online graphic view of Heartland's work on public policy, and its companion, a new library stocked with literature including the opposition - like a donated rare collection of the complete works of Lenin. When my job was finished, I had given my best ideas to Heartland, but I took away more good ideas that they taught me. As I departed, I saw their website was given the perfect name, "Left Exposed."
Ron Arnold

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I've had many years of experience with Heartland Institute's projects and people that provided reliable information and helpful references while I served as a columnist with the Washington Examiner and others newspapers, and as an author of numerous books. The ability of its communications crew in data mining is outstanding. Their digging into hidden nefarious activities and front groups and their money sources for difficult exposes is timely and useful. Heartland's outstanding critiques of questionable climate science and their superior publications on the topic have no equals. Most of my colleagues in the media have followed my advice to consult Heartland source materials first, and thank me for the tip.

Mike T.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I do a lot of speaking and some consulting on climate and energy issues. Whenever I am unsure of my data or need confirmation of information, Heartland Institute has always been there with a complete complement of knowledge, information, and analysis this in incomparable! These guys are the best in their field!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Heartland Institute since 2007, as a financial donor as well as an active participant in the field of climate and energy issues. Heartland exhibits an unwavering adherence to the principles of free enterprise, factual analysis, and honesty in their efforts to educate the public and political entities. By sponsoring climate/energy conferences and outreach programs to political office holders, Heartland provides a unique public service by countering the biased media where political cronyism, anti-science dogma, and emotional rhetoric have become so prominent.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heartland is a unique oasis of scientific integrity and a source of reputable data and experts devoted to independent thought, covering in depth topics ranging from climate, public education, to health, transportation and more.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heartland's programs deliver the free-market message where it counts-- where public opinion is shaped.

Prof. Steve H. Hanke
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Brian F.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

Heartland does an excellent job of pulling from the vast experience of its advisors. They have experts in almost every area that can make informed public comments, perform policy analysis, and serve as a resource for the media.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute provides timely and well-researched information on issues like climate, economics, or other societal issues to lawmakers, policy makers, and the general public. They promote free-market solutions to many of the issues that face society today. Their advisors are well-respected in their fields of expertise.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute has been doing great work for many years educating people about a range of issues from the economy, to education, to the environment. They provide a much needed perspective that is not available from other institutions that does not appear in many 'mainstream' news and media outlets. They are a valuable resource for people and policymakers alike.

Advisor

Rating: 5

A great source of honest and sophisticated info and analysis on many topics, most especially on climate change.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have followed Heartland's work for many years. It has been a leader of the thoughtful, rational wing of the conservative movement, retaining the faith that solid scientific and analytic work can, in the end, prevail over the sound bites and hysteria that threaten to engulf us.

Heartland's work on climate change has been especially important, as it has been a bulwark for those scientists of integrity who resist the massive forces of cronyism and rent seeking that much of the environmental movement has morphed into,

Institutional courage seems rare these days, so Heartland should be treasured.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heartland Institute is a national treasure. They have a top level staff dedicated to presenting the truth about numerous subjects of great national interest. Besides staff they have several hundred affiliated scholars, who contribute their expertise through articles and commentary on recent events in the news. Their energy conferences are top notch and much needed in a world that sometimes seeks to suppress valuable information about energy and the environment. These conferences are so good that those who have a different view are afraid to participate and engage in a free debate. Heartland has had substantial influence at the national level in a number of areas, but probably most notably in energy and the environment.

Full disclosure: I am a former professor (25 years) and have decades of experience in the regulatory area related to energy. I have about fifty publications (academic journals and OpEds). I often review for academic journals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heartland provides outstanding information and analysis on many of the critical issues confronting America. I get their printed and digital issues and my wife and I usually read cover to cover.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Heartland's research is spot on and covers a wide range of subjects. Their books on "Climate Change Reconsidered" are a must have resource for anyone looking for a balanced discussion on climate change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In one of the bluest areas of the country, the Heartland Institute is a shining beacon of sensible conservative and scientific thought. The Institute's work on climate change -- exploding the shoddy methodology and assumptions of the alarmists -- is some of the best in the world. The research it sponsors and the speakers for whom it provides a forum are indispensable if common sense, tradition, and the things that have made this country great are to prevail.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute is involved in many issues such as climate science, energy policy, education, taxes, etc. It is the premier organization in the world on providing information on global warming (climate change) and energy policies resulting from global warming scenarios. This information has been of great assistance to the U. S. government in providing responses to various alleged global warming threats. President Trump and members of Congress have advisers who are affiliated with The Heartland Institute as employees and policy advisers. In addition, The Heartland Institute mails out monthly or semi-monthly policy papers to about 8000 elected officials throughout the United States.

Dr. James H. Rust, professor of nuclear engineering (ret. Georgia Tech)

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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 doing the all-important work of promoting limited, responsible, government that supports free markets and the rule of law. They are also the world's leading advocate for the true science behind some of the most pressing issues of our times, to include climate change, energy, and environmental quality. I am proud to be one of their advisors and wholeheartedly lend my support their critical mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A growing number of today's generation is less concerned about historical facts than they are on today's opinions. The opinion that humans are controlling the Earth's temperature is growing among the uninformed. Today's public has been evolving from facts to opinions. Heartland Institute has for years been the prime example of sticking to facts. We should continue to support that commitment . Walter Cunningham

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute conducts hard hitting, incisive research with a conservative perspective on a wide range of important policy issues. I am honored to be associated with them as a policy advisor.

1 Tom H.4

Advisor

Rating: 5

Heartland are THE world leaders in the promotion of a realistic approach to energy and environmental policy. In particular, their Climate Change Reconsidered series of reports at www.climatechangereconsidered.org are the most important contribution to the climate debate made by any group, anywhere. Check out any of their reports on this amazing web site. I interviewed Dr. Sterling Burnett of The Heartland Institute to discuss global warming and government climate change policy on my podcast at http://thinkradio.ca/index.php/our-shows/exploratory-journeys-with-tom-harris/85-exploratory-journeys-003. Listen in. When you hear Dr. Burnett's interview, you will quickly see why Heartland is so effective.

Dustin C.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great provider of pro-liberty information on a wide range of topics, including education, healthcare, the environment, and state governance. Heartland is very influential among state legislators and boasts an impressive network of academic subject experts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Heartland Institute is THE world’s top climate realist think tank. The second best one isn’t even close.