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.

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Why Do Polar Bears Cry?

 

The New York Times — one of the grand dames of print newspapers, whose slogan is “All the News That’s Fit to Print” — has fallen on hard times. It is not rare to see reports about the paper’s falling readership, cuts to the paper’s newsroom and editorial staff, or factual errors or outright false stories appearing […]

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U.S. Energy Markets: The Real Russian Meddling the Media Ignores

 

Who is actively fighting to ensure government policies shutter U.S. nuclear energy facilities; keep domestic coal, natural gas, and oil in the ground; force up energy prices through taxes and regulations; and endanger national security by installing wind farms near military bases? If you answered, “the Sierra Club and its allies,” you’re correct, though you […]

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Alarmist Climate Researchers Abandon Scientific Method

 

So-called “consensus” climate science reaches new lows nearly every day, with many researchers now better resembling dogmatic, fire-and-brimstone preachers — the kind of people who burnt heretics at the stake during the Middle Ages and suppressed scientific discovery — than scientists engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. I don’t begrudge scientists who either believe their […]

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New Mexico Schools to Teach Climate Dogma

 

New Mexico’s Public Education Department (PED) did a disservice to New Mexico’s students, and the taxpayers who fund schools, last week when it caved in to climate extremists in the battle over how to teach climate science in the state’s schools. The PED was in the midst of updating its standards for science education. Initially, […]

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Fossil Fuels Protect the World’s Poor Against Natural Disasters

 

Natural disasters kill thousands of people around the world annually, and they are not equal-opportunity killers. In a typical year, only hundreds of people are likely to die in Europe and the United States from floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes, but these events kill thousands of people each year in Asia, South and Central America, and […]

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Mayors Miss the Mark on Climate

 

On June 24, the assembled mayors at the 85th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in Miami passed a series of resolutions related to climate change and green energy, including resolutions urging President Donald Trump’s administration to reverse its decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement and to […]

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Endangered Species Act Doesn’t Save Species

 

The 1973 Endangered Species Act has been a costly failure that hasn’t protected species or helped them to recover. It has, however, resulted in government stealing people’s property and blocked economic progress. Since 1973, more than 2,470 species of plants and animals have been listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). […]

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The Farm Bill Comes Due

 

It’s once again time for the half-decade kabuki dance called the farm bill reauthorization. In this stylized political drama, fiscal conservatives decry the wasteful spending in existing farm programs and argue farmers, especially big agribusinesses, should be treated like almost every other business in this country and forced to compete in the free market without […]

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Four Reasons Trump Should Withdraw From Paris Climate Agreement

 

As Earth Day nears, there is a game of tug-of-war going on in the White House. One side is advising President Donald Trump to forgo his campaign promise to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA). They’d instead like to see Trump cut a better deal to remain in the agreement. The other side is […]

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Energy Restrictions, Not Climate Change, Put Civilizations at Risk

 

In a recent article appearing in Wired.com, radical anti-fossil-fuel activist Bill McKibben claimed human actions are putting civilization at risk. He’s right, but the source of the risk is not the one McKibben warns of; civilization is not in danger because of the alleged human-caused climate change, but rather because McKibben and his ilk propose […]

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