H. Sterling Burnett will be speaking at the America First Energy Conference.
Prior to joining the Heartland Institute in 2014, Burnett worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) for 18 years. Along with Heartland, the NCPA has been a member of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a network of climate denying groups funded by fossil fuel interests, since 1998. Between 1997-2015, the NCPA took over $640,000 from ExxonMobil and $900,000 from the Koch brothers respectively. Burnett ended his tenure at NCPA as Senior Fellow in charge of environmental policy.
Burnett was also on the Natural Resources and Agricultural Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has long attacked climate and science policy stating in 2011 that, “Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring, non-toxic and beneficial gas, and it poses no direct threat to public health”. ALEC was also named in the American Petroleum Institute’s Global Climate Science Communication Plan, which outlines strategies to undermine climate change science in government and public opinion.
Collegians For a Constructive Tomorrow, where Burnett is an academic advisor, is a branch of the Committee For a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), which was also named in the Global Climate Science Communication Plan. H. Sterling Burnett is a signatory to an open letter to Pope Francis in 2015 urging him to reconsider his intent to address climate change as a threat to the world’s poor. The letter was coordinated by the Cornwall Alliance of which he is an advisory board member.
In a May 2006 Fox News interview, Burnett compared Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebells‘ films. Burnett stated, “You don’t go see Joseph Goebbels’ films to see the truth about Nazi Germany. You don’t want to go see Al Gore’s film to see the truth about global warming.”