Local weather Change Weekly #459: Remembering Jay Lehr – Scholar, Reality Seeker, Good friend, Everlasting Optimist

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H. Sterling Burnett



  • Jay Lehr, Ph.D.: RIP—H. Sterling Burnett
  • Podcast of the Week: Socialism Will Not Win Regardless of the Present Power/Provide Crises (Visitor: Jay Lehr)
  • A Large Loss to Mankind—James Taylor
  • The Superb Accomplishments of Jay Lehr—Joe Bast
  • Jay Lehr, Superman—Tom Harris
  • We Will Win: to My Good friend Jay Lehr—Rafaella Nascimento
  • Video: The Heartland Institute presents the Dauntless Purveyor of Local weather Reality Award to Jay Lehr at ICCC13 in 2019
  • Video: Jay Lehr on eliminating the U.S. EPA
  • Video: Jay Lehr – The Different Facet of the International Warming Story
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Jay Lehr, R.I.P.

Final Thursday I acquired and surprising name from Jim Lakely, vp of The Heartland Institute, informing me that Jay Lehr, longtime Heartland Institute science director, had handed away. I used to be stunned on the unwelcome information, unable to talk for a second. Many people, myself included, are nonetheless recovering from the information. As famous in final week’s CCW, Jay’s work and friendship touched many lives, so this week’s version is dedicated to remembrances of him. Separate remembrances from a number of of Jay’s colleagues and buddies follows my feedback.

Jay Lehr, 86, of Ostrander, Ohio handed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Grady Memorial Hospital. Born September 11, 1936, in Bayonne, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Martin Moses and Rebecca (Dreznick) Lehr. On July 7, 1991, he married Janet Kingery on the Wyman Woods Park they usually shared 31 fantastic years collectively.

Jay was an internationally famend speaker, scientist, and writer who testified earlier than Congress on dozens of events on environmental points and consulted with practically each company of the nationwide authorities, in addition to many overseas international locations.

Jay was a number one authority on groundwater hydrology. After graduating from Princeton College on the age of 20 with a level in Geological Engineering, he went on to obtain the nation’s first Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from The College of Arizona.

Jay was a professor of Hydrogeology at The Ohio State College within the Sixties and an adjunct professor for a lot of extra years. He spent 25 years as Government Director of the Nationwide Floor Water Affiliation. He then spent 25 years as Senior Scientist for The Heartland Institute. Most just lately, Jay was Senior Coverage Advisor for the Worldwide Local weather Science Coalition. Jay was enthusiastic about educating others on the science behind the fallacy of artificial local weather change.

Jay was the writer of greater than 1,000 journal and journal articles and 36 books. He was editor of Rational Readings on Environmental Considerations; McGraw-Hill’s Handbook on Environmental Science, Well being and Expertise (2000); the six-volume Water Encyclopedia (Wiley Interscience, 2005); and Wiley Interscience’s Nuclear Power Encyclopedia: Science, Expertise, and Functions (2011).

Jay was the writer of quite a few publications for Heartland throughout his years as Science Director, testifying earlier than Congress, state legislatures, and at administrative hearings lots of of occasions. Among the many most influential papers he produced for The Heartland Institute was one arguing that the U.S. EPA had lengthy surpassed its usefulness and exceeded its authority, and ought to be changed as a regulatory physique by a committee composed of state Environmental Safety Companies. Whereas the EPA nonetheless exists, in 2016, Jay’s plan influenced the 2016 Republican Celebration Platform, which included provisions:

to shift accountability for environmental regulation from the federal paperwork to the states and to remodel the EPA into an impartial bipartisan fee, just like the Nuclear Regulatory Fee, with structural safeguards towards politicized science. We are going to strictly restrict congressional delegation of rule-making authority, and require that residents be compensated for regulatory takings.

Jay was an enthusiastic proponent of those provisions, seeing them as a stepping stone to the final word aim of ending the EPA as we all know it.

Lehr spoke in entrance of hundreds of audiences on subjects starting from international warming and biotechnology to enterprise administration and well being and bodily health, at all times receiving excessive scores for entertaining and energizing even the most important audiences. Jay at all times confirmed as much as his international warming displays with enterprise playing cards, on the again of which had been a listing of 10 local weather myths, and a carbon dioxide (CO2) reader, to point out college students, academics, and whoever else composed his viewers that CO2 isn’t a pollutant, or harmful at any ranges they’re prone to encounter. Certainly, the readings of his CO2 reader confirmed viewers members they lived their every day lives in environments the place CO2 ranges are a lot greater than local weather scolds say are lethal to life on earth.

Jay was a participant in each Worldwide Local weather Convention hosted by The Heartland Institute, and was awarded the “Dauntless Purveyor of Reality Award,” on the thirteenth Worldwide Convention on Local weather Change in 2019. No particular person was ever extra deserving of that award. One can view his acceptance of the award and lots of of his different insightful displays right here.

Together with his workload, it’s onerous to fathom how Jay discovered time to pursue so many extracurricular passions, however he did. Jay was referred to as the “Father of Western Lacrosse.” He was assistant lacrosse coach at The Ohio State College within the ’60s. He liked taking part in membership lacrosse, hockey and males’s hardball. He based the Columbus Metros semi-pro soccer staff. He was an avid skydiver, 10-time Ironman finisher, and a number of marathon finisher.

Jay was a proud Princeton alum (class of ’57). He was recognized all through the Princeton group for his participation within the “Princeton P-rade,” the place he walked the parade route on his fingers for 20 years, then accomplished the route yearly on his unicycle for an additional 20 years. Jay was additionally recognized for his love of skydiving, having accomplished 1,481 profitable jumps, at all times with precise precision in hitting his goal, “Earth.” Certainly, Jay was featured in Parachutist, the journal of the U.S. Parachute Affiliation, in March 2010, for setting a brand new world document, having jumped from an airplane each month for 32 years.

Jay was essentially the most optimistic and energetic particular person you’ll ever meet. He at all times impressed others to achieve their highest potential. He adored his spouse, Janet, and cherished doing all the things collectively, from touring to biking to watching Hallmark motion pictures. Day by day was Christmas Eve to Jay. Along with Janet, he’s survived by his daughters, Leslie (John Truby) Lehr and Tracy (Mike) de Martino; stepchildren, Tonia (Richard) Birt and Tom (Colleen) Kingery; grandchildren, Juliette, Caty Pleasure, Marie Claire, Josilynn, Spencer, Emily, Abigail, and Landon.

That’s the official stuff. All of it true.

Now for just a few private impressions. Jay was essentially the most excessive local weather skeptic I’ve ever recognized (really unhappy to put in writing that previously tense). I heard him say on multiple event it was inconceivable that human greenhouse fuel emissions had been inflicting local weather change. He thought the physics simply didn’t add up.

I don’t recall ever talking with Jay about faith, however I do know he lived his life in a means each Christian ought to aspire to. He lacked ego, he was exceedingly variety, he regularly pursued new information, and he was an everlasting optimist.

Some private recollections spotlight his lack of ego and gracious embrace of criticism. I used to be lucky to have edited quite a few Jay’s ebook evaluations for Surroundings & Local weather Information, his op-eds, and the quotes he offered for tales.

I’ve recognized many students to take each phrase they write as gold, with no room for enchancment or leeway for alteration. They combat virtually any edit to their work. Jay was not a kind of writers.

In his writings, Jay wasn’t at all times the clearest communicator, not less than not for lay audiences and not using a background in greater math, physics, or different scientific disciplines. Generally, it wasn’t clear, even to me, what precisely Jay was saying. On these events, relatively than going forwards and backwards with edits and corrections over a number of emails, I might name Jay instantly, and he’d take no matter time it took to hash by means of my lack of readability. The dialog usually proceeded within the type of a Socratic dialogue, with me asking questions on what precisely Jay was attempting to speak, asking for additional clarification, typically providing corrections or my gloss on what he needed to say, and at last honing in on language that clearly and easily communicated the complicated thought Jay had crammed into just a few jargon-laden sentences. On the finish, I might write out what I understood he needed to speak, to which Jay would invariably say, “That’s fabulous, that’s precisely what I supposed to say, Sterling, you made it a lot clearer.”

I used to be at all times humbled by him saying so. Normally, my confusion wasn’t so nice as to benefit a telephone name; usually, I simply thought Jay’s writing or quotes may very well be less complicated, extra direct, and extra centered. On these events, after I edited his articles or quotes, I might at all times run my rewrite by Jay for approval. Jay persistently instructed me I didn’t want to take action, that he trusted me, and was assured if I believed a change was wanted for readability or fashion, he was positive it was true. I by no means took Jay up on that supply, pondering it improper to place my tackle his phrases in his mouth. Jay was at all times effusive in his reward of my edits and rewrites.

Nobody has ever accused me of being an optimist, however Jay remained one till his ultimate days. As an illustration, within the final podcast I performed with Jay, he defined that, regardless of my gloomy prognosis, Socialism Will Not Win Regardless of the Present Power/Provide Crises. I left this dialog extra hopeful than when it started, however then that was true of just about each dialog or alternate I ever had with Jay.

I used to be really trying ahead to eating and talking with Jay at Heartland’s forthcoming local weather convention in Orlando. I at all times sought him out at these conferences. Now there’s a gap in my schedule in addition to my coronary heart.

  • H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D

SOURCE: Tribute ArchiveThe Heartland Institute

A Large Loss to Mankind

The passing of Dr. Jay Lehr is an incredible loss to The Heartland Institute household, to the sphere of science, and to the larger universe of mankind.

I first met Jay in 2001 after I joined The Heartland Institute. Again then and all through the 20-plus years I knew him, Jay was essentially the most enthusiastic and energetic man I knew. He was a person with an incredible mind but super humility. He would do something for anyone and was more than pleased to permit others to take the credit score for his onerous work.

Jay saved up a exceptional journey schedule, continuously touring the nation—and certainly the world—whereas spreading his love of science and agriculture. Audiences liked his energetic demeanor and encyclopedic information of science. Whereas on the highway, he would tirelessly spend his evenings writing ebook evaluations and science articles for Heartland and others. Jay was the Energizer bunny of science.

It was inconceivable to not smile when seeing Jay. He effused good cheer, ardour, and private heat. Throughout occasions of hassle, Jay would at all times exit of his method to cheer me up together with his variety coronary heart, optimism, and compassion.

It doesn’t appear actual that I’ll by no means see him once more at Heartland’s local weather conferences or anyplace else. I’ll miss you, my good friend.

  • James Taylor is president of the Heartland Institute.

Podcast of the Week

On this episode of Heartland’s Surroundings & Local weather Information Podcast from again in July, H. Sterling Burnett interviews Jay Lehr about how America’s present vitality and meals crises are usually not the unintentional outcomes of misguided insurance policies. Relatively, the crises are the deliberate results of insurance policies imposed to show individuals into serfs, giving international elites extra management over peoples’ lives. Elites need common individuals to beg for ever extra authorities assist.

Luckily, the individuals will finally get up. New expertise and open markets will consequence within the removing of dangerous rulers, and thus, improved lives. The pendulum will swing again to freedom for some time. However we should concern defend freedom when authoritarianism creeps in.

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The Superb Accomplishments of Jay Lehr

Dr. Jay H. Lehr was one of many world’s most well-known scientists and fiercest critics of the corruption of local weather science.

Lehr was marked for fulfillment at an early age, graduating from Princeton College on the age of 20 with a level in Geological Engineering, then continuing to achieve the primary Ph.D. in Groundwater Hydrology from the College of Arizona, and later changing into government director of the Nationwide Affiliation of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.

Lehr first achieved nationwide and worldwide discover with the discharge in 1992 of Rational Readings on Environmental Considerations, a thick compendium of essays on a variety of environmental points written by lots of the world’s main scientists. The ebook’s recurring theme, that environmental dangers are broadly misunderstood and sometimes exaggerated for political ends, would turn into Lehr’s lifelong message.

Rational Readings was one in all a handful of books—others embrace Julian Simon’s The Final Useful resource (1981), Simon and Herman Kahn’s The Resourceful Earth (1984), and Aaron Wildavsky’s However Is It True? (1997)—that uncovered the rising corruption of science by progressives (together with communists), who sought to frighten the general public into embracing socialist insurance policies. The ebook had a profound affect on the general public debate on the time and a fair larger long-term impression by letting many whistle-blowers within the science group know they weren’t alone.

Whereas his analysis and publications alone positioned Lehr within the pantheon of the world’s main public intellectuals, his second superpower was being a rare public speaker. He spoke earlier than hundreds of audiences, massive and small, within the U.S. and world wide, invariably receiving standing ovations.

Lehr’s reputation with audiences was so nice packages needed to be delayed and viewers members requested to comply with him out of the room so the following speaker may have his flip.

Three components made Jay one of the influential scientists on the earth. One was his short-term photographic reminiscence. He may write a speech, rehearse it just a few occasions, after which ship it flawlessly with out notes. A second issue was a metabolism that allowed him to work 18 and even 20 hours a day. Lengthy after everybody else was slumbering, Lehr can be learning, writing, and rehearsing for tomorrow. A 3rd secret was Lehr’s bodily health.

However Lehr’s most essential secret to success was an amazingly constructive perspective that animated his speech, gestures, and expressions. Good issues weren’t simply good and even glorious to Lehr, they had been “fabulous!” Company on his podcasts weren’t simply good, they had been “the very best visitors I’ve ever had on my present!” Lehr’s enthusiasm was contagious; he radiated constructive vitality.

Lehr’s sunny outlook on life got here partially from a philosophy he shared with me a decade in the past (or perhaps it was two). He referred to as it his “Ten Guidelines for Residing the Good Life.” They included “Be variety in each human interplay,” “Don’t ever complain,” and what grew to become a favourite of ours, “Let nobody rain in your parade.”

I printed and framed Lehr’s “Guidelines for Residing” and it hung above my desk for a few years. I most likely learn these phrases 100 occasions whereas attempting to resolve issues. I discovered right this moment that it nonetheless hangs on a wall at The Heartland Institute, 4 years after my retirement, inspiring others to search out marvel on the earth, communicate the reality, and reside the great life even right this moment.

  • Joseph Bast was founder and president of The Heartland Institute. Bast retired in 2018.

Jay Lehr, Superman

Superman. That was my nickname for Dr. Jay Lehr through the virtually three years he was Senior Coverage Advisor to the Worldwide Local weather Science Coalition (ICSC). As a baby rising up, Superman was my hero. Superman was sensible and labored onerous. He was sturdy, tremendous match and good-looking. He was variety, well mannered, and unpretentiousness. And, in fact, Superman at all times instructed the reality and by no means backed down within the face of evil. I by no means thought I might really meet somebody like that in actual life.

Then, alongside got here Jay Lehr. At first, he gave the impression to be too good to be true. I had seen Jay from afar on stage because the Science Director of The Heartland Institute at their Worldwide Conferences on Local weather Change and I marveled at this energetic, articulate, tanned, match, and fearless octogenarian. Certainly somebody who appeared that superior on the floor should be smug, had been I to really get to know him. However no. After we appeared collectively on Heartland panels, I noticed that, sure, Superman did exist in the true world, the one-in-a-million one that mixed a science Ph.D. with very good athletic prowess, onerous work, and humility in addition. When the chance arose to deliver Jay on board as ICSC’s senior scientist, I used to be thrilled and jumped on the alternative.

And Jay didn’t disappoint. Previously three years, he pumped out well timed, well-researched, and thrilling local weather change and vitality articles for me so as to add my two cents to earlier than publishing. Since Jay began working frequently with ICSC in April 2019, articles and radio interviews from the “Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris” staff numbered properly over 600, primarily due to Jay’s unbelievable work ethic. And that was solely our joint media effort. On his personal, Dr. Lehr continued to publish many, many extra. Was Jay onerous working? Was he prolific? I’ll say!

However it was actually his character that made Jay such a valued co-worker and later a private good friend. All the time upbeat. All the time sincere. All the time supportive and complimentary to others and by no means a imply bone in his physique. I’ll actually miss Dr. Jay Lehr, a real-world Superman.

Tom Harris is chairman of the Worldwide Local weather Science Coalition, primarily based in Canada.

We Will Win: to My Good friend Jay Lehr

All those that are on the forefront of the combat towards the local weather change delusion acknowledge the significance of Jay Lehr, his love for reality, for scientific rigor, and above all, for all times. Jay wrote lots of of articles, edited numerous books and was at all times able to collaborate with newcomers on this battle towards the “evil wearing inexperienced,” as he himself described it, after studying Yuval Noah Harari’s materials.

Jay was an enormous sports activities fanatic. Whereas I, who am not even half his age, talked in regards to the thrill of operating two miles, Jay was coaching for yet one more ironman and planning yet one more parachute bounce. “The essential factor is to be constant and never cease coaching,” he stated.

Jay was extremely beneficiant. He contributed to PHVOX (Brazil) with the identical curiosity that he printed his articles on bigger platforms and geared toward an American viewers. He, along with Tom Harris, invited worldwide researchers to take part within the largest radio program in the USA, America Out Loud. He needed the American public to have entry to what was occurring in Brazil, Chile, and Germany due to environmental fearmongering.

Jay was that good friend you had the braveness to ship your texts to, written in a language during which you aren’t proficient. He was at all times able to learn and assist as greatest he may. He was essentially the most optimistic particular person I’ve ever met. He as soon as defined that every single day he units out to perform one good factor, even when it means sweeping the ground. Jay is that good good friend that I hope most individuals are privileged to fulfill not less than as soon as of their lives. I had.

Jay’s final article for PHVOX was titled “We Win.” Pricey Jay, we are going to win this battle towards evil. We misplaced one in all our giants, however we, the smaller ones, will carry in your legacy. Relaxation in Peace Jay. You’ll be significantly missed.

Rafaella Nascimento, Ph.D., is a board member of the CO2 Coalition.

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The Heartland Institute presents the Dauntless Purveyor of Local weather Reality Award to Jay Lehr at ICCC13 in 2019

The Heartland Institute presents the Dauntless Purveyor of Local weather Reality Award to Jay Lehr at ICCC13 in 2019.

Jay Lehr on eliminating the U.S. EPA

The Heartland Institute presents the Dauntless Purveyor of Local weather Reality Award to Jay Lehr at ICCC13 in 2019.

Jay Lehr – The Different Facet of the International Warming Story

Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr presents, “The Different Facet of the International Warming Story” to a bunch of Science Academics in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2017.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is the director of The Heartland Institute’s Robinson Middle on Local weather and Environmental Coverage and the managing editor of Surroundings & Local weather Information.

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