David Tuerck

David Tuerck

David G. Tuerck


  • Doctorate in economics from the University of Virginia.
  • A.M., Economic Policy, George Washington University.
  • A.B., International Affairs, George Washington University.

Source: [1], [2]


David G. Tuerck serves as professor and chairman of the Suffolk University Department of Economics and president of the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. He is past president of the North American Economics and Finance Association.

Tuerck has been a Heritage Foundation Policy Expert in Economics and once served as the director of the Center for Research and Advertising at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

He has made many television and radio appearances and has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Children and Families, as well as various committees of the Massachusetts legislature. 

Stance on Climate Change 

“Scientific questions are above my pay grade … I'm not in the business of asking whether the earth is warming…” [3]

Key Quotes

“I have found it necessary to go around the country pointing out that claims about green jobs are all phony.”  [3]

Key Deeds 

June, 2011

Keynote speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change. See video of his presentation here. [4]

June, 2009

Speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change.   

DeSmogBlog researched the funding, and found sponsor organizations had received over $47 million from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from the Scaife Family of foundations.

April, 2009

Spoke at the “Boston Tea Party,” an event organized by the Tea Party to “voice their displeasure with the egregious growth of government and the irresponsible policies our local, state and federal governments are pursuing.” [5]

Included in what they consider irresponsible policies are anti-global warming policy, which Tuerck says will “stifle economic growth, kill good jobs, and drive up energy costs.” [6]

March, 2008

Speaker (PDF) at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change. [7]

April 22, 2008

Presented to the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change on “The Economics of Climate Change in North Carolina” (PDF). [8]

He concluded (PDF) that “Proposed legislation [to combat climate change] may provide benefits but they have yet to be determined” and “The legislation would impose measurable costs on business and  on the economy” so the commission should “weigh these costs against the purported (and so far unsubstantiated) benefits [of said legislation].” [9]



According to a search of Google Scholar, Tuerck has not published any research in peer-reviewed journals. He has written numerous papers for the Beacon Hill Institute, and for the American Enterprise Institute.

Sample Publications include:

  • “The Economics of Climate Change in North Carolina” (PDF), The Beacon Hill Institute. April 2008. 


  1. Staff, Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. Accessed February 22, 2012.

  2. David Tuerck, Professor & Chair,” Suffolk University College of Arts & Sciences. Accessed February 22, 2012.

  3. Speech at the Third International Conference on Climate Change. Page archived April 13, 2010 (audio no longer available).

  4. David Tuerck,” International Conference on Climate Change (climateconference.heartland.org). Accessed February, 2012.

  5. Boston Tax Day Tea Party Protest to be Held at MA State House” (Press Release), GOPMom.com, April 15, 2009. Retrieved from www.pr.com, February 22, 2012.

  6. David Tuerck @ Boston Tea Party 2009” (video), Boston Tea Party 2009 (blog), April 21, 2009.

  7. “Schedule of Speakers and Panels” (PDF), the Heartland Institute. Archived June 1, 2009.

  8. Testimony of David G. Tuerck to The Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives (PDF), June 3, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2012, from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform website.

  9. David Tuerck. “The Economics of Climate Change Legislation in North Carolina” (PDF), Presentation to the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change, April 22, 2008. Retrieved from web server at North Carolina General Assembly, February 22, 2012.

  10. Policy Expert - David G. Tuerck,” Texas Public Policy Foundation. Accessed February, 2012.

  11. Heartland Experts: David Tuerck,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed February 22, 2012.

  12. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: David G. Tuerck.

  13. David G. Tuerck,” SourceWatch Profile.