H. Sterling Burnett

H. Sterling Burnett (hburnett@heartland.org) is a research fellow on energy and the environment at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois.


There Is No Good Time for a Carbon Tax


On June 10, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) saying a carbon tax would harm the economy and should not be enacted. The 237–163 vote in favor of the resolution included only six Democrats, who joined the entire Republican caucus. Although the legislative action was purely […]

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Obama Violates the Law to Push His Climate Obsession


So what else is new — and on how many other fronts? Whether it’s gun control, health care reform, climate change, or a host of other issues, President Barack Obama does not follow the law if it conflicts with his policy preferences. While Obama is not unique in this regard, he has taken ignoring the […]

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Tax Cuts to Cut Carbon, an Idea Whose Time Has Yet to Come


Some on the political right are floating a new “supply-side” idea for reducing carbon dioxide emissions without creating more market distortions: clean tax cuts. Proponents of the cuts want to reduce or end all taxes on investments in technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In theory, tax cuts on so-called “clean” technologies should dramatically increase […]

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Exxon Under Attack for Exercising Prudence


At the behest of radical environmentalists, Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee are pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department to investigate ExxonMobil for its views on climate change. Exxon’s crime? During the 20 years the company has employed scientists to analyze the science and potential risks of climate […]

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Will EPA Benefit From Its Own Mistake?


When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) literally popped the cap holding back toxics-filled water at the Gold King Mine above Silverton and Durango, Colorado, it really messed up. Here’s what we know: The Gold King Mine had been closed and plugged since 1923. Behind the plug were several million gallons of tainted water laced with […]

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Scientists Back Besieged Climate Researcher


More than 500 scientists and colleagues of Willie Soon, Ph.D., signed and sent a letter, along with supporting documents, to the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents. The letter and supporting materials defend the award-winning solar physicist against allegations he failed to disclose conflicts of interest in publications critics say require such acknowledgments. The letter notes […]

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Obama Designates Three New National Monuments


Over the objections of many local, state and federal legislators from the affected areas, in early July, President Barack Obama designated new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas.  The designation of more than 1,000,000 acres of public lands as national monuments, foreclosed previously allowed commercial and recreational activities of those lands, leading some Republicans […]

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Zero Emission Vehicles Pollute


A recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles?” shows the moniker ‘zero emission vehicle,’ attached to electric cars is misplaced. In a finding that may surprise some, Stephen Holland, of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and his coauthors discovered, depending upon one’s location, purchasing a zero emission car […]

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Federal Judge Block’s Obama’s New Fracking Rules


In a legal setback for the Obama administration’s environmental agenda, a federal judge in Wyoming sided with the Attorney Generals of Colorado, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming,  temporarily blocking implementation of the administration’s regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, hours before they were set to take effect.  On June 23, the U.S. District Court […]

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Maryland Bans Fracking Despite Governor’s Opposition


Maryland has placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” for energy extraction in the state until October 2016. The bill became law without Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) signature and contrasts strongly with Oklahoma’s embrace of fracking. Hogan was elected in 2014 after campaigning as a strong supporter of fracking. During the campaign, he […]

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