Welcome & Our Purpose
The Institute for the Human Environment is a non-profit educational organization advocating for the continued development and improvement of society and the natural environment. Its mission is to support the unfettered use of fossil fuels so that the industrial evolution of the human community can continue unoppressed by the heavy hand of government.

The concept of the Human Environment, which includes both the natural world and humanity's impact upon it, has its origin the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as more succinctly defined by the nations of the world -- including the United States -- in the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment in 1972. Among the principles set forth in this latter Declaration is the philosophy that protecting the human environment not only includes safeguarding the natural environment, it also includes defending a fundamental right of society to utilize and transform the natural environment so as to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.

George Soros, Michael Bloomfield, Al Gore, industrial, government and professional environmental groups that fund efforts to outlaw fossil fuel use have grown immensely in recent years. Their motives invariably include aquiring money and political power, whether for individuals, environmental groups, companies, politicians or governments. Their efforts enabled President Obama's EPA to declare in late 2009 that CO2 emissions resulting from the combustion of carbon-based fossil fuels are a "current threat" to human health and welfare. This declaration has subsequently served as the foundation for numerous State and federal regulatory actions since.

Sadly, the entire narrative promulgated by the anti-fossil fuel movement is based on predictions of dangerous future global warming derived from computer model projections that have since been invalidated by real-world observations. When critically examined, there exists no compelling evidence that CO2 emissions are significantly altering global climate or harming humanity in "current", real time. Furthermore, those who seek to regulate CO2 emissions and control fossil fuel use almost always fail to conduct a realistic benefit-cost analysis; they rarely acknowledge, let alone incorporate, the numerous benefits fossil fuel use provides to society and nature alike. When such positive externalities are accounted for (many of which are noted and discussed under our heading Fossil Fuel Benefits), it becomes scientifically and morally indefensible to demonize fossil fuel use and continue to maintain that CO2 emissions are a "current threat" to human health and welfare.

More, not less, fossil fuel use is needed to enhance the future human environment. Accordingly, our Institute seeks to bring these new facts to light for all regulators at the State level and to reverse the 2009 EPA Endangerment Finding, thereby restoring critical balance to the Human Environment as originally outlined in NEPA and defined in the Stockholm Declaration.

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The Institute for the Human Environment accepts corporate, foundation and individual donations to fund its educational activities. Presently, the Institute operates as a program of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, a 501 (c) 3 public charity. Tax-deductible donations supporting the Institute's mission can be made through the Center here. Please join us on this journey and make a donation today!

Lastest Postings

What Rising CO2 Means for Global Food Security
Watch this video presentation by Dr. Craig Idso recorded at a briefing sponsored by the CO2 Coalition at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2019. Dr. Idso discusses how rising atmospheric CO2 levels (principally driven by increasing fossil fuel combustion) are enhancing global food security, providing more food to feed the planet's ever-growing population.


Elevated CO2 and Elevated Temperature Improve the Quantity and Quality of Soybean and Maize Yields
Relative to ambient conditions, a 1.5 °C rise in temperature and an atmospheric CO2 concentration of 700 ppm stimulated soybean and maize yields by 31% and 25%, respectively, while having no impact on grain protein concentration, but increasing grain oil and the concentration of several nutrients within the grains...

The Impact of Elevated CO2 on Soybean Growth and Herbivore Resistance
Not only does elevated CO2 improve soybean yields, it induces changes in plant foliar chemistry that negatively impacts the growth, development and fecundity of a leaf-chewing herbivorous insect...


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