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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.

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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The EPA and The Clean Power Plan: The Climate Science is Far from Settled

Thought Piece With all the hand-wringing and teeth-knashing being done since the two international Lancet Reports and EPA’ s recent environmental report, I thought that I would reprint this piece from 2016: “EPA and the Clean Power Plan,” where I delineate over 20 flaws in the Clean Power Plan. The CPP would reduce US emissions by 00.01, according to Gina [...]

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins, Thought Piece|0 Comments

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
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Despite What You’ve Heard, Global Warming Isn’t Making Weather More Extreme

Thought Piece Thanks to the harvesting of indisputable data, Roger Pielke, Jr. has once again poked a huge hole in the mythology of [...]

Climate-Change Policies Can Be Punishing for the Poor

Thought Piece Let us hope that discussions about global warming can be more like the debates between those two brothers than between those [...]

Health and Well-ness: Analysis of Key Public Health Indicators in Six of the Most Heavily Drilled Marcellus Shale Counties in Pennsylvania

Thought Piece I continue to be disappointed with the state of environmental reporting in the U.S. If a study conforms to the climate [...]

A little slice of Alaskan tundra is finally open for drilling

Thought Piece After all of the histrionics from the environmental doomsday machine, I think that Paul adds a real world perspective during the [...]

‘Junk science’? Studies behind Obama regulations under fire

Thought Piece As I said before, many in the environmental community don't understand that the previous EPA administration lacked any skill or inclination [...]

California’s Political Fires

Thought Piece A strong wind blows embers from smoldering trees at the Thomas Fire in Montecito, California, Dec. 16. PHOTO: DAVID MCNEW/GETTY IMAGES While California [...]

Time to get off the gravy train

Thought Piece Greg Walcher discusses the longstanding practice of suing and settling with the EPA. One could say it was a downright anti-transparency [...]


Thought Piece In lieu of a few anecdotes and under-researching, here is an excellent, nonpartisan report on methane emissions in total and by [...]