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Clean energy and energy production are at the forefront of Steve’s attention.

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Communication connectivity ties it together with “The Internet of Things

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Steve tackles relevant environmental issues like fracking and climate change.

Always precise, never pedantic.

In a highly divided and partisan world, it is my intent to provide an even handed view of the rapidly converging worlds of energy, technology and broadband.

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Steve Heins, “Electricity and Energy at the Crossroads 2017,” Master’s of Jurisprudence in Energy Law, University of Tulsa College of Law Energy .

I am happy to announce that I will be one of the lecturers at the University of Tulsa Law School this fall term with many other energy and regulation mavens. I will discuss "Electricity and Energy at the Crossroads 2017." Thanks for the opportunity, Diana Hall and Assistant Dean Tim Thompson. Steve For more information, contact Tim L. Thompson [...]

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: About Steve, Original Heins|0 Comments

“Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan: Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power….”

Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power gaining traction in policy circles. [https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608126/in-sharp-rebuttal-scientists-squash-hopes-for-100-percent-renewable As I was reading this Technology Review piece yesterday, I was reminded of the following vignette: ...I was enjoying my own company at a French bistro on 93rd St. and Madison Ave. in NYC in the [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

The Truth About EPA’s “Mass Advisory Board Firings”

The Truth About EPA’s “Mass Advisory Board Firings” By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant What role should appointed (i.e. not-elected) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boards have with respect to environmental regulations in our country? It’s a valid question and timely, given the recent negative news coverage over EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s action in not automatically reappointing some board members. The [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

The Internet of Things: America needs more computers, mobile broadband, cloud services, software tools, sensor networks, 3-D printing, AI….

Thought Piece As the authors Michael Mandel and Bret Swanson put it, "Innovation isn’t a zero-sum game. The problem for most workers isn’t too much technology but too little. What America needs is more computers, mobile broadband, cloud services, software tools, sensor networks, 3-D printing, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and, yes, robots." Although, I would argue that the convergence of the [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Original Heins, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Open Letter to Former EPA’s Gina McCarthy in Retirement: A Full and Complete Disclosure of EPA’s Communications and some humility, please. An opinion about the EPA’s overall performance for the last 4 years, from the loyal opposition

Open Letter to Former EPA’s Gina McCarthy in Retirement: A Full and Complete Disclosure of EPA's Communications and some humility, please.  By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant, LLC As a more active member of the loyal opposition, I cannot help noticing your appointment as a fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John F. Kennedy School of [...]

EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its Many, Many, Many Flaws

[I have up-dated a piece I wrote last year, "EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth." While many people seemingly have forgotten that it was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to revisit its many flaws. Ultimately, it was an over-politicized document in search of national problem. Even Gina McCarthy admitted that the Clean Power Plan had no measurable [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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Net Neutrality Supporters Pressure FCC to Extend Comment Deadline

Thought Piece At the latest count, over 5.3 million of the 13 million FCC's Comments were manufactured by Fake Filing software. I would [...]

Al Gore’s Climate Sequel Misses a Few More Facts: Eleven years since first climate-change film, Al’s still trying to spend $17 trillion on doomsday!

Thought Piece If Soren Kierkegaard is right that "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," then I wish [...]

“Enemies of humanity”: Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death….

Thought Piece I often find myself realizing that I know some very articulate and worldly men and women. In the following, I simply cannot add [...]

2017 Bakken Oil Conference Begins Next Week, More Than 400 Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Bismarck, North Dakota, Center of Energy Universe.

Thought Piece [I am heading for the annual Bakken Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday. In 1880's, the State of Wisconsin developed [...]

“The Shale Revolution’s Staggering Impact in Just One Word: Plastics” Ah, Six Words: oil, natural gas & feedstock, carbon reduction–value streams

Thought Piece One of the most puzzling parts about any discussion about the Shale Revolution of the last decade is the short shrift [...]

“Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, property rights” by Jonathan Wood, in Investment Business Daily

Thought Piece [Thanks to Free Range Report for reprinting the Jonathon Wood piece from IBD.  Steve] Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, [...]

Lessons of the Energy Export Boom: this dominance was achieved by private U.S. investment, innovation and trade—not Washington central planning.

Thought Piece Since 2009,  the U.S. hydraulic fracturing revolution has caused America to become the world’s top natural gas producer passing Russia, and the top producer [...]

RURAL AMERICA IS STRANDED IN THE DIAL-UP AGE: Wireless Broadband can be the great uniter of city and country.

Thought Piece High costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy By Jennifer [...]