Joseph Bast studied Economics as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. According to Sourcewatch , he did not complete his degree.
Joseph Bast co-founded the Heartland Institute  in 1984 with David M. Padder. He currently serves as the institute's president and CEO.
Bast is also the publisher of Heartland’s monthly periodical, Environment and Climate News, as well four other like-minded publications.
Bast studied economics as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books promoting free-market solutions to different public policy problems including Eco-sanity: a common sense guide to environmentalism.
Stance on Climate Change
Bast claims that most scientists believe that human activity has no appreciable effects on the climate, citing a (since-debunked) 17,000-name petition run by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine .
Some of Bast's assertions include that: 
"Most scientists do not believe human activities threaten to disrupt the
Earth's climate" (This is referring to the Oregon Petition).
"Our most reliable sources of temperature data show no global warming
"Global climate computer models are too crude to predict future climate
- "The IPCC did not prove that human activities are causing global warming."
"A modest amount of global warming, should it occur, would be beneficial
to the natural world and to human civilization."
"Efforts to quickly reduce human greenhouse gas emissions would be costly
and would not stop Earth's climate from changing."
"The best strategy to pursue is 'no regrets.' The alternative to demands
for immediate action to "stop global warming" is not to do nothing."
"The benefits of a modest warming would outweigh the costs – by $8.4 billion a year in 1990 dollars by the year 2060, according to Robert Mendelsohn at Yale University – thanks to longer growing seasons, more wood fiber production, lower construction costs, lower mortality rates, and lower rates of morbidity (illness)." 
As the president and CEO of the Heartland Institute , Bast helped organize and introduce the First  (March 2008), Second  (March 2009), Third  (June 2009), Fourth  (May 2010), Fifth  (Oct 2010), Sixth  (June 2011), and Seventh  (May, 2012) international conferences on climate change.
June 21, 2005
Wrote and designed a series of six brochures on environmental issues for distribution to elected officials, journalists, and other audiences. 
Wrote, co-directed, and co-produced a 20-minute video titled Coming Out of the Ice. The video covered a variety of public policy issues such as tort reform, privatization, school reform, and taxes. 
The Heartland Institute  – President and CEO, Board of Directors 1990 – current.
Nomos Press Inc. — Board of Directors, 1983 - 1988.
State Policy Network  — Founding Director, officer, and member of the executive committee, 1991-1997.
Advocates for Self-Government  — Board of Advisors, 2003 – current.
Illinois Policy Institute  — Board of Advisors, 2004 – current.
Center for Medicine in the Public Interest  — Board of Advisors, 2005 – current.
American Conservative Union  — Board of Directors, 2007 – current.
- Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  — Board of Scholars.  
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). 
He has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of climate change. A list of his books, publications, and policy studies is available at his profile at the Heartland Institute .
Joseph Bast. "Eight Reasons Why Global Warming is a Scam" (PDF ), The Heartland Institute, February 1, 2003.
"Testimony by Joseph L. Bast President, The Heartland Institute
to the Environment Committee of the Iowa House Monday, February 9, 2004" (PDF ), The Heartland Institute.
"Joseph L. Bast - 2008 Resumé ." The Heartland Institute.
"Staff and Board Members: Joseph L. Bast ," Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
"The Heartland Institute ," SourceWatch.
"Joseph Bast ," SourceWatch.