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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

It’s Time for a National Debate on Fracking: Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban

It's Time for a National Debate on Fracking Stephen Heins, Spark Magazine http://spark.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/its-time-national-debate-fracking?sthash.K1Dpwp7q.mjjo On April 8th, 2015, the Wall Street Journal headline read "Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban." During his interview, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was donating an additional $30 million to the Sierra's "anti-coal" campaign, but that he also made special provision that [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

FCC reverses net neutrality ISP transparency rules

FCC reverses net neutrality ISP transparency rules Small ISPs will no longer be required to inform customers of their network management practices The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back some net neutrality regulations that require broadband providers to inform customers about their network management practices. The Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday suspended the net neutrality transparency requirements for [...]

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments
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Thought Pieces

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 [...]

GE-Baker Hughes: Some call deal unprecedented; others see competitive nuisance: Combination of big data and new energy technology a game changer, IOT!

Thought Piece This new energy and electricity powerhouse, GE-Baker Hughes, will become the first "full-stream" service company (upstream exploration and production--midstream transportation--and downstream refining and [...]

Cleaning Up the Superfund Mess: But Superfund delays aren’t the result of insufficient funds: Still 1,336 Superfund sites on the EPA’s Priorities List

Thought Piece It is time to put symbolic and political gestures in their proper perspective, especially as there are still 1,336 Superfund sites [...]

‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, a bureaucracy’s best friend

Thought Piece ‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, June 6, 2017 Before I [...]

“Trump Skips Climate Church”: Only when technology can meet mankind’s energy demand at competitive cost will low-carbon energy prevail.

Thought Piece Without the powerful forces of the Internet of Things, the Paris Agreement will remain a voluntary accord, with many unreliable countries [...]

Environmental Leader Gina McCarthy Joins Pegasus Capital as Operating Advisor: Even After Her Appointment, She Used Environmental Alarmist Rhetoric

Thought Piece On June 1, 20017, there was a Business Wire news release that caught my attention. Former U.S. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy [...]

“The Struggle Behind Oil’s Ups and Downs”: The industry has been recalibrated to a lower price level.

Thought Piece [Daniel Yergin has been one of the most reliable voices of world energy experts and writers for the last 40 years. His intellectual credentials would make a mortal [...]