H. Sterling Burnett

H. Sterling Burnett is a research fellow on energy and the environment at The Heartland Institute, a nonpartisan research center Arlington, Ill. Readers may write him at The Heartland Institute, 3939 North Wilke Road Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 or e-mail him at hburnett @ heartland.org

Most Recent Articles by H. Sterling Burnett:

Brown is taxing the middle class to subsidize buyers of overpriced Teslas

Aug 26, 2017 — H. Sterling Burnett

CHICAGO —  When the sale of its 200,000th vehicle occurs later this year, Tesla buyers will no longer be able to claim a $7,500-per-vehicle federal tax credit for purchasing one. 

But fear not!  California’s climate-crazy legislature is coming to the rescue.

Paris Climate Pact is based on junk science and should be junked

Mar 13, 2017 — H. Sterling Burnett

CHICAGO — Shortly before the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, a leading federal scientist published a paper purporting to show that the Earth had not experienced an 18-year pause in rising temperatures. 

That was contrary to every temperature dataset in existence at the time, but Tom Karl, the director of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Center for Environmental Information Services, argued that previous findings were wrong and temperatures actually were rising at an alarming rate.

It’s climate regulations that threaten us

Dec 21, 2016 — H. Sterling Burnett

In President-Elect Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter, a “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again,” Mr. Trump outlines several measures he says he will undertake to create jobs and spur economic growth.

While much of his proposed agenda will help to improve the economy while also leaving reasonable environmental protections in place, I believe there are two additional environment-related policy changes that he could take to jump-start the economy.

EPA’s forcing of unrealistic MPG hikes endangers drivers, zaps the economy

Jul 4, 2016 — H. Sterling Burnett

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois — In pursuit of his misguided climate obsession, President Barack Obama has opened yet another front in his continuing war against America’s 260 million car owners. 

Starting in the 2025 model year— less than a decade away—new vehicles will have to achieve an average gas mileage of a whopping 54.5 miles per gallon.

This phase of his climate crusade will force motorists into smaller vehicles that are less safe and more expensive.  Furthermore, it constitutes a deadly assault that will result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year.

Prosecuting “deniers” would deny free speech to skeptical Americans

Apr 13, 2016 — H. Sterling Burnett

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois—President Barack Obama is hostile to open debate and research contradicting his opinions and policies.

The most recent evidence for this is U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she said the Department of Justice has discussed pursuing legal action against companies, research institutions, and scientists who debate whether humans are causing catastrophic climate change.

The revelation the Obama Administration has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate people involved in an ongoing scientific debate should shock the sensibilities of all Americans.

Gun-studded rallies safest places in America because owners are patriotic, responsible

Jun 15, 2010 — H. Sterling Burnett


DALLAS — Besides a police station, the safest place in America on April 19th would likely have been any of the numerous Patriot’s Day rallies held around the country where thousands of people, many carrying firearms, celebrated the opening shots in America’s war for Independence.

Climategate and other developments suggest congress musk seek real science on this issue

Feb 25, 2010 — H. Sterling Burnett

DALLAS — The Climate Gate scandal is a textbook case of professional malfeasance that should give Congress reason to pause before agreeing to a binding international agreement that would hamstring the world economy in order to prevent the climate from changing.