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Energy

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

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Communication

Communication connectivity ties it together with “The Internet of Things

Environment

Environment

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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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

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Featured Articles

Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise

Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant, LLC As a more active member of the loyal opposition, I cannot help noticing ex-EPA’s Gina McCarthy's appointment as a fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John F. Kennedy School of Government [...]

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

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Thought Pieces

Politicized Sustainability Threatens Planet and People

Thought Piece Remaining sustainable, no matter one’s efforts, involves the unforeseeable future along with technology risk, including the disruption of further innovation in [...]

Academic freedom lecturer takes on claims of climate change deniers

Thought Piece Clearly, Penn State University’s Professor Michael Mann has no sense of humor, nor does he have a sense of irony. Speaking [...]

The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks

Thought Piece This is a piece written by friend Ken Silverstein in 2013. Needless to say, none of the major media picked it [...]

The U.S. Is Breaking Clean Energy Records Even As Trump Doubles Down On Fossil Fuels

Thought Piece NEW SHOREHAM, RI - SEPTEMBER 22: The GE-Alstom Block Island Wind Farm stands 3 miles off of Block Island on [...]

Yahoo now thinks all 3B accounts were impacted by 2013 breach, not 1B as thought

Thought Piece SUNNYVALE, CA - MAY 23: A sign is posted in front of the Yahoo! headquarters on May 23, 2014 in [...]

You can now become a ‘prosumer’ with blockchain in energy

Thought Piece Thanks to this meaningful posting. I gave a speech on the “Virtual Power Plant” over a decade ago. The basic idea [...]

North Dakota Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Wilkinson v. Board of University and School Lands Decision

Thought Piece Here is an interesting case regarding mineral rights and governmental “takings.” It is not clear what legal effect it will have [...]

How Opera Inspired Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’

Thought Piece Walt contained “multitudes” with great magnanimity. Even in his time as the first "male nurse" during the Civil War, he provided [...]