Jay Lehr america first energyJay Lehr will be speaking at the America First Energy Conference.

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Jay Lehr, is a hydrologist who is the Heartland Institute’s scientific director despite a criminal conviction for defrauding the Environmental Protection Agency.  In 2015, at a Heartland press conference criticizing the pope’s environmentally oriented encyclical, Lehr said that the overwhelming consensus that global warming is real and is driven by fossil fuel emissions is dead wrong. In fact, he said, the earth is entering a cooling period that will be caused by a decline in sunspot activity. Jay Lehr has laid out his vision for stopping “global warming insanity” at many Heartland gatherings in the past.

In 2017, Lehr wrote an article for Breitbart titled, “The Beginning of the End of EPA,” in which he declares, “Trump and the GOP are saying, finally, what millions of people have been thinking for a long time: EPA has become the cause of, not the solution to, the nation’s major environmental problems. It’s time to end EPA.” According to Lehr,  “By the 1980s, nothing more needed to be done beyond monitoring our continuing success in cleaning up the environment. It was time to declare victory and go home.”

In 2008, Jay Lehr spoke at Heartland’s conference for climate change deniers on how, “humans are not the cause of Global Warming”