John Nothdurft

Profile image of John Nothdurft speaking at the Heartland Institute’s 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC12), screenshot via YouTube.

John Nothdurft



John Nothdurft is the Heartland Institutes Government Relations Director, and previously served as a legislative specialist on budget, tax, and tobacco policy. Prior to joining Heartland John was the National Press Coordinator for Americans for Fair Taxation.2Heartland Staff: John Nothdurft,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 26, 2017. URL:

Stance on Climate Change

November 17, 2015

A paper co-authored by Nothdurft and published by the Heartland Institute, “Ten State Solutions to Emerging Issues“ stated:

“Fear of Global warming – aka “climate change” – led to the adoption of numerous taxes, regulations, and subsidies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Real-world observations and improved scientific methods, however, reveal the threat of global warming was exaggerated. Laws discouraging or restricting carbon dioxide emissions have almost zero impact on climate and temperature.”3Ten State Solutions to Emerging Issues,” (PDF) The Heartland Institute. Accessed March 2, 2017. URL:

Key Quotes

December 7, 2017

In a press release from the Heartland Institute regarding Scott Pruitt‘s EPA appointment, Nothdurft stated:

“The selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is an obvious commitment to a pro-environment, pro-energy, pro-jobs agenda. Pruitt has been a vocal critic of federal overreach and understands that state agencies are well-positioned to take on a larger role in protecting the environment while also allowing for responsible and necessary commerce and energy production. This pick will go a long way towards correcting the Obama administration’s regulatory overreach, which has cost us jobs, hurt farmers, and has had an insignificant effect on the environment.”4Press Release: Heartland Institute Experts React To Trump Appointing Scott Pruitt To Head EPA.The Heartland Institute. Archived March 26, 2017. URL:

November 17, 2015

From Ten State Solutions to Emerging Issues:

“Although moratoria are sought by environmental activists, there is no scientific justification for banning fracking.

“Global warming alarmists argue human activities, primarily the emission of greenhouse gases from energy use, are driving a rapid rise in global average temperature that is causing a climate crisis. This theory and the climate models that underpin it are strongly contradicted by real-world evidence.”5Ten State Solutions to Emerging Issues,” (PDF) The Heartland Institute. Accessed March 2, 2017. URL:

April 20, 2012

In a post on the Heartland’s blog Somewhat Reasonable, Nothdurft wrote:

“Despite what these fringe groups want you to believe, ALEC is not involved in any black helicopter conspiracy. ALEC is in fact a very effective and respected public-private partnership that brings together state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public to openly discuss public policy and free-market solutions. It does not hide that its stated mission is to advance “Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.”6John Nothdurft. “Standing Up For ALEC,” Somewhat Reasonable, April 20, 2012. URL:

Key Deeds

August 7, 2018

Nothdurft attended the Heartland Institute‘s “America First Energy Conference” (AFEC 2018) in New Orleans, Louisiana.7Speakers,” America First Energy Conference 2018. Archived August 1, 2018. URL:

“The purpose of this event is to promote and expand energy freedom in the United States, as outlined in President Donald Trump’s bold America First Energy Plan, a proposal first released during the 2016 presidential campaign. The president’s plan marks a decisive change in direction from the Obama administration’s ‘war on fossil fuels’ and focus on the theory of catastrophic man-caused climate change,” the conference description reads.8About,” America First Energy Conference 2018. Archived July 23, 2018. URL:

Nothdurft moderated a panel titled “Fudiciary Malpractice: The Sustainable Investment Movement.”9JOHN NOTHDURFT,” America First Energy Conference 2018. Archived August 1, 2018. Archive URL:

November 9, 2017

Nothdurft moderated two panels at the Heartland Institute’s “America First Energy Conference” at the Marriott Hotel in Houston:10JOHN NOTHDURFT,” America First Energy Conference. Archived November 20, 2017. URL:

Panel 1B “Energy and Prosperity”:

Panel 5A “The Cost of Excessive Regulation”:

The event description read as follows:11About,” America First Energy. Archived October 11, 2017. URL:

“At the America First Energy Conference, we plan to examine—one year and one day after Trump’s shocking Election Day victory—the following:

“Where does Trump’s America First Energy Plan stand?

“How much progress has been made in implementing it, and what remains to be done?

“What scientific and economic evidence is there that the plan is putting the nation on the right path for economic growth, environmental protection, or both?”12About,” America First Energy. Archived October 11, 2017. URL:

In a fundraising letter obtained by DeSmog, Fred Palmer had promoted the event as having the goal to “review the scientific and economic evidence that exposes the fraud inherent in the Obama-era regulation regime” while discussing “the overwhelming benefits of fossil fuels to us all.”13October 2017 Fundraising letter by Fred Palmer. On file at Desmog.

Many of the other speakers have regularly spoken at the Heartland Institute’s past ICCCs. Notable speakers listed so far include Joe Bast, Fred Palmer, Roger Bezdek, H. Sterling Burnett, Hal Doiron, Paul Driessen, John Dale Dunn, Myron Ebell, Heartland’s new President Tim Huelskamp, Craig Idso, David Legates, Jay Lehr, Anthony Lupo, Ross McKitrick, Steve Milloy, Todd Myers, John Nothdurt, David Schnare, and numerous others.14SPEAKERS,” America First Energy. Archived October 10, 2017. URL:

As reported at the Houston Chronicle, speakers notably included two Trump Administration officials: Richard W. Westerdale II of the State Department and Vincent DeVito of the Department of Interior. David Bernhardt, deputy secretary of the Interior Department, was also formerly listed as a Heartland conference speaker, but apparently withdrew.15James Osborne. “Trump officials to appear at Houston event hosted by climate skeptics,” Houston Chronicle, November 2, 2017. Archived November 20, 2017. URL:

Scott Pruitt also addressed the conference in a recorded video, personally thanking Heartland for “what you’re doing to advance energy” and “for what you’re doing to advance natural resources.16Scott Pruitt,” America First Energy Conference. Archived November 20, 2017. URL:

The Climate Investigations Center put up a parody of the America First Energy conference website, complete with profiles on the individual speakers and highlighting their corporate funding and ties to groups such as the Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC).17America First Energy Conference Stacked with Climate Change Deniers,” Climate Investigations Center, November 6, 2017. Archived November 20, 2017. URL:

March 23, 2017

Nothdurft was listed as being involved in two sessions of the Heartland Institute‘s 12th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC12), including lunch keynotes that featured Patrick Michaels and Lamar Smith, and a dinner keynote presentation by Robert Mendelsohn and Roger Helmer.18JOHN NOTHDURFT,” Archived April 6, 2017. URL:

January 27, 2017

Nothdurft co-hosts the Heartland Institute’s podcast, “In the Tank” with graphic designer Donny Kendall. In Episode #73, titled “Oil Pipeline Safety, State Solutions to Obamacare, Privatizing DC’s Metro, and Road Beers,” Nothdurft said:

“The keystone pipeline, outside the leftist environmentalist, most people were not against this. I mean, the opposition to the building of these pipelines was very small, very vocal, and you know, you show any normal person a map of where the pipelines are in this country and they are all over the pace. So, it’s kind of ridiculous that they are in this mentality that if we don’t build this they are just going to keep this oil in Canada and in the ground. They keep saying keep it in the ground.”19Kendal, Donny and John Nothdurft. “Oil Pipeline Safety, State Solutions to Obamacare, Privatizing DC’s Metro, and Road Beers.” Podcast. In the Tank. Heartland Institute. January 27, 2017. Accessed March 23, 2017.

June 30, 2011

John Nothdurft was listed as a speaker at the Heartland Institute‘s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6). Nothdurft gave an introduction to keynote speaker James Inhofe.20Sixth International Conference On Climate Change: Conference Program,” The Heartland Institute. June 30, 2011. Archived March 26, 2017.

Research done by DeSmog found that 17 of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute’s Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, have collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil and its foundation.


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Nothdurft has a blog at the Heartland Institute where he voices anti-regulatory views.25AUTHOR: JOHN NOTHDURFT,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 28, 2017. URL:

Some of his entries include:

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