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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 a poet’s sympathy, writing materials, small amounts of money, fruits and cookies, to over 100,000 of the wounded in and around Wash DC. He never loved the Confederates wounded any less than the [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:13:22+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

Perry proposes regulatory overhaul to boost coal, nuclear

Thought Piece Given how politicized and single-minded the EPA has been since they started writing the first draft of the Clean Power Plan in 2009, several of us believe that the 2009-2017 EPA has ruined its brand and credibility. On the other hand, the FERC has had a long history of bipartisanship. As a part of [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:10:10+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Natural Disasters Should Teach Us

Thought Piece Here is another thoughtful piece from friend Steven Lyazi from Kampala, Uganda. Steven continues to remind Americans that the real problems of Africa will not be solved by a solar oven or ignoring the 400,000 people killed annually by malaria. When will "environmental thinking" realize that banning the use of DDT in Africa is [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:07:34+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hogan sues EPA over neighboring power plant pollution

Thought Piece Another novel idea for suing someone other than ourselves, like LA and San Francisco is doing right now. Theoretically, Maryland would be able to sue other states even if the Clean Power Plan were in force. The possibility for legal mischief and/or oppression could rival Franz Kafka's "The Trial." Steve Hogan sues EPA over [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:13:48+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One Relatively Unknown Federal Agency Will Play A Big Role In Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Agenda

Thought Piece No one who knows much about energy or electricity in the US would dare to say that the FERC is unknown. Given how politicized and single-minded the EPA has been since they started writing the first draft of the Clean Power Plan in 2009, several of us believe that the 2009-2017 EPA has ruined [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:08:02+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

‘Game-Changing’ New Research on Prolific Permian Basin Estimates 60 Billion to 70 Billion Barrels Remain, IHS Markit Says

Thought Piece Research, technology and innovation are driving the future of the Bakken, the Permian or the Marcellus. Anyone truly interested in American energy, environment, or shale needs to visit one of these Basins for a closer look at the people and the latest technology. Steve P.S. "If one wants to be a thought leader, affability [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:11:10+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Thousands flee ‘imminent’ Bali volcano eruption

Thought Piece I am starting a new service called the Early Bird from the Word Merchant. I want to be a reliable resource of early international wire news for both energy and environmental sectors. Here is early news about upcoming volcano eruption. Thousands flee ‘imminent’ Bali volcano eruption charles the moderator / 4 days ago September 24, 2017 [Update [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:04:23+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Now it’s a War on Pipelines

Thought Piece First they waged war on coal, and now they’ve launched a war on pipelines. As one activist put it, the best means of transporting oil is no transportation. But if there is going to be increased production, “I would rather it go by train.” Right. Just replacing the Dakota Access Pipe Line would require [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:01:50+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

2014 HGS Presentation: “Climate Change: Facts and Fictions”

Thought Piece Not much has changed since Dr. Rusty Riese's May 2014 Presentation in front of Houston Geological Society. The alarmists like Dr. Michael Mann are using the same old arguments, but after 3 more years, they seem even less fact-based. Frankly, I would love to have Dr. Mann do a 45 minute presentation about the [...]

By | 2017-09-21T20:51:13+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments