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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.

– Steve Heins



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



Communication connectivity ties it together with “The Internet of Things



Steve tackles relevant environmental issues like fracking and climate change.

The Weekly Word

The Weekly Word: Water Wars in the West

The Weekly Word: Water Wars in the West February 13, 2018 Subscribe: iTunes Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group, a consulting firm specializing in energy, water, public lands, [...]

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The Weekly Word: I Am As Green As They Get

February 6, 2018 Subscribe: iTunes Greg Walcher, President of the Natural Resources Group, a consulting firm specializing in energy, water, public lands, forestry and wildlife. In addition, Walcher has served [...]

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The Weekly Word: Wet and dry gas, NY fracs and the Marcellus

January 30, 2018 This Weekly Word with Jason Spiess and the professor Stephen Heins hosts Tom Shepstone from Pennsylvania, who is an urban consultant, community planner, researcher and advisor [...]

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Thought Pieces

Noble Energy, Israel’s Delek to Supply Gas to Egypt in $15 Billion Deal

Thought Piece The power of the shale revolution continues to provide geopolitical benefits to the world and of course significant future emission reductions. One can hope that Israel will [...]

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World’s Largest Science Organization Gives Top Honor To Conspiracy-Monger Michael Mann

Thought Piece In case nobody saved my recent post, this piece will have to do. Roger Pielke, Jr and Judith Curry had interesting things to say about this Award [...]

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OH Fractivist Claims Obliterated with Cold, Hard Facts from NEPA

Thought Piece The most important part of the following piece from Jim Willis and the Marcellus Drilling News is the thoughtful guest piece of Chris Acker. It is a [...]

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It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I recommend Stephen Heins as a hard working researcher and gifted writer. While I have known Stephen for only about six months, I’ve read many of his works and have been engaged in numerous great discussions with him on matters involving energy, the environment and the internet.  Read More

David C Egelson

I am pleased to recommend Stephen Heins as a researcher and writer.  As a former commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission and current senior administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, I am most familiar with Mr. Heins’ work in the energy field. Read More

Larry Brenner

I’ve known Steve Heins for at least 5 years and can say without a doubt that he a gentleman of the first order: always professional and always respectful, even if he disagrees with your perspective. Read More

Ken Silverstein, Editor - Environmental Leader; Writer - Forbes

Heins believes he has the answer to most questions, but even when he does not, he is never in doubt and expresses his position with clarity and humor.  He attracts his audience with an attention getting device, engages it with thoughtful comments and examples… Read More

Wayne H. Rusch, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe