John Nothdurft

John Nothdurft


  • B.A, Political Science, University of Mississippi.  [1] 


John Nothdurft is the Heartland Institute's 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[2]

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.” [3]

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.” [4]

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.” [3]

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.” [5]

Key Deeds

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. [9]

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.” [6]

June 30, 2011

Nothdurft was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC6).  [7]



Nothdurft has a blog at the Heartland Institute where he voices anti-regulatory views. [8]

Some of his entries include:


  1. John Nothdurft: Director of Government Relations at The Heartland Institute,” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed March 2, 2017.

  2. Heartland Staff: John Nothdurft,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 26, 2017. URL

  3. Ten State Solutions to Emerging Issues,” (PDF) The Heartland Institute. Accessed March 2, 2017. URL

  4. Press Release: Heartland Institute Experts React To Trump Appointing Scott Pruitt To Head EPA.The Heartland Institute. Archived March 26, 2017. URL

  5. John Nothdurft. “Standing Up For ALEC,” Somewhat Reasonable, April 20, 2012. URL

  6. Kendal, 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. 

  7. Sixth International Conference On Climate Change: Conference Program,” The Heartland Institute. June 30, 2011Archived March 26, 2017. 

  8. AUTHOR: JOHN NOTHDURFT,” The Heartland Institute. Archived March 28, 2017. URL:

  9. JOHN NOTHDURFT,” Archived April 6, 2017. URL:

Other Resources

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