Joseph Bast

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Joseph Bast is president of the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based industry-funded think tank. Bast opened the International Conference on Climate Change (2009), organized by Heartland. [1] He "studied economics as an undergraduate" at the University of Chicago[2] but did not complete the degree.[3]


Bast is the "coauthor of 12 books, including Rebuilding America's Schools (1990), Why We Spend Too Much on Health Care (1992), Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism (1994), and Education & Capitalism (2003)," according to his Heartland profile.[2]

Heartland paid Bast $96,292 in 2007, according to the organization's financial report for that year. His wife, Diane Carol Bast, is the think tank's Vice President of Internal Affairs. She was paid $76,337 in 2007.[4] Joseph Bast was paid $80,797 in 2005, according to Heartland's financial report that year.[5]

Bast currently sits on the board of directors for the American Conservative Union, after being elected in 2007.[6]


A biographical note lists Bast's current and former affiliations as being:[6]

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  1. "Speakers," Heartland Institute website, accessed March 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Joseph L. Bast bio," Heartland Institute website, accessed March 2009.
  3. Joseph Bast, email to SourceWatch editor Bob Burton, September 2009.
  4. "Heartland Institute IRS 990 from 2007 (pdf)," via, accessed March 2009.
  5. "Heartland Institute IRS 990 from 2005 (pdf)," via
  6. 6.0 6.1 ""Joseph L. Bast - 2008 Resumé"," Heartland Institute website, accessed March 2009.

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