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Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives the Left Crazy: The FCC’s new chairman plan to reopen the internet to competition—and agitators picketing his family house

Thought Piece Net neutrality is such a misuse of language. It invites an under-informed mob to take political actions that are so far from civil behavior, which drives me crazy. The agitators are picketing FCC Chairman Pai's neighborhood, his house and his young family. These tactics sound like they are out of a George Orwell novel. There has been a lot moral rectitude [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:09:44+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

“The Pebble Mine Victory”: New EPA settles a lawless, pre-emptive 2014 veto of Alaska project, which will now get a fair hearing.

Thought Piece Here is another sign that the EPA will stop meddling and being extra legal. The Pebble Mine deserves a proper vetting and environmental evaluation. Documents obtained from freedom of information suits and legal discovery have shown that EPA officials orchestrated opposition to the mine with environmental activists and native tribes. This close relationship between [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:06:50+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|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 [...]

By | 2017-05-15T22:07:05+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Original Heins, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Former EPA Head Says Trump’s Enviro Cuts Will Harm “Normal Human Beings,” Part 2, EPA hasn’t been strong on cost/benefit analysis lately….

Thought Piece EPA's Gina McCarthy "didn't mince words" in interview with Rachel Maddow, although Gina's sense of history isn't good and her memory is even worse. Consequently, I am writing up a list of the things she said in this interview, along with the many counterpoints to her. Part 2.... 4. Gina's point/ The White House [...]

By | 2017-05-15T22:02:59+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Former EPA Head Says Trump’s Enviro Cuts Will Harm “Normal Human Beings,” US has reduced carbon emissions 12.2 percent the last decade without CPP.

Thought Piece [EPA's Gina McCarthy "didn't mince words" in interview with Rachel Maddow, although Gina's sense of history isn't good and her memory is even worse. Consequently, I am writing up a list of the things she said in this interview, along with the many counterpoints to her. For example: Gina's point/ “Clean Air and Clean [...]

By | 2017-05-15T22:01:07+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Climate of Complete Certainty,” so look out for blistering backlashes to anything less than 100% climate certainty.

Thought Piece [I suspect that it is finally safe to reprint Bret Stephen's first column for the New York Times, "Climate of Complete Certainty, without fear of reprisal to Bret or myself. Although, to a member of luke-warmers like myself, I thought Bret was quite benign and thoughtful. I suppose that I should have known the Times readership [...]

By | 2017-05-15T21:52:57+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Thought Piece|0 Comments

Remake the Paris Climate Deal to Promote American Energy

Thought Piece [This is a nuanced and thoughtful proposal from Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota: "I was wary of Paris and used to favor pulling out, but I’ve changed my mind for two reasons. First, in future climate talks the U.S. will benefit from having Mr. Trump, an experienced negotiator, at the table. Second, the [...]

By | 2017-05-15T21:50:20+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

“Refocusing a Chicago water summit”: Thinking Globally, Clean Water and Reliable Electricity Make the Planet a Cleaner Place

Thought Piece Stella Artois/Anheuser Busch, with the aid of Matt Damon, has started a new ad campaign, "Help end the global water crisis at Water.org," that is likely to turn the current debate over climate change on its ear. It will likely become a rallying cry for the brewing and bottling industries throughout the entire world. With approximately 1.5 billions of people living [...]

CA Senate leader proposes big changes to carbon-pricing program: shaky carbon trading auctions have cut into “expected state revenues.”

Thought Piece  Yikes, there were so many flaws in the first CA Carbon-Trading Program, I will refrain from even discussing the additional complexity being proposed in the new CA Senate Bill. First, for my prejudices, I think that properly-done energy efficiency can play an oversized role solving electrical power generation problems while helping companies reduce their carbon [...]

By | 2017-05-07T22:30:15+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

“F.C.C. Invokes Internet Freedom While Trying to Kill It”: This NY Times Editorial is a Backward Glance into the Future

Thought Piece [For the record, “Net Neutrality” is just another way of saying that the FCC should be micromanaging the Internet, including wired and wireless broadband. My first question for those parties, including the New York Times, who are advocating net neutrality: How can an agency regulate an industry, when it is five years or more behind [...]