“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

Al Gore Wants $15 Trillion To Fight Off Apocalyptic 2 Degree Global Temperature Rise: For those of you ignorant, science-hating, climate-doubters….

Thought Piece [I have told Al Gore a quadrillion times not to exaggerate (or maybe it is a good thing), because otherwise he may have asked for $1 quadrillion. If Soren Kierkegaard is right that "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," then I wish Mr. Gore could remember how to [...]

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 [...]

“Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids”: “They are retained in the shale deep underground.”

Thought Piece  [The effect on ground water of horizontal drilling and fracking is de minimis, a new Duke University study has found. It is reasonable to expect the emerging Internet of Things and other environmental innovations in the shale reserves will continue to benefit American's private sector for many decades.  Steve].   Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids Published January, 2017 Contact: Contact: [...]

By | 2017-04-25T21:00:13+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science: Put ‘consensus’ to test and improve public understanding, through an open, adversarial process

Thought Piece [Paranoid politics almost never achieves its goal. The obvious prejudices, hyperbole, rhetoric, and shrillness gives it away. Name-calling, smearing, and sneering are not arguments. The idea of a Red Team Exercise--which will tolerate a loyal opposition, a civil debate, a thoughtful discussion, and a well-reasoned dissent—seems like a civilized idea for a civilized society. Steve]  [...]

By | 2017-04-22T22:29:52+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

An Open Letter To Rick Perry On Natural Gas Exports: Natural Gas provides strong environmental and economic benefits.

Thought Piece [The following piece from James Taylor is spot on! While it is reasonable to expect a former Texas Governor to understand energy issues, this piece adds some intellectual firepower to the expansion of the whole hydraulic fracturing revolution. If it makes geopolitical and economic sense to export US oil (and it does), it certainly [...]

Real science must guide policy: Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

Thought Piece [Paul Driessen recaps the testimony by four scientist witnesses at the recent House Science Committee hearings on assumptions, policy implications and scientific principles of climate change.  He makes a thought-provoking and compelling case that the supposed “consensus” or “settled” science on “dangerous manmade climate change” is still much in dispute and has been driven [...]

By | 2017-04-18T21:04:44+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Fracking comes to the Arctic in a new Alaska oil boom: This comes at a time of low oil prices, when observers felt the Arctic would remain off-limits.

Thought Piece [While the discovery of 5 to 6 billion oil and untold natural gas is good news for Alaska, the U.S. and the global energy markets, the logistics of the harvesting the oil will require vast quantities of water and sand needed for fracking, which will be challenging, and probably more expensive than the lower 48 states. Of the [...]

By | 2017-04-14T21:58:37+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Legal Group Wants ‘Partisan’ AG Punished Over Handling Of High-Profile Public Records Request: Another New York Attorney General without boundaries?

Thought Piece "Legal Group Wants ‘Partisan’ AG Punished Over Handling Of High-Profile Public Records Request." Another New York Attorney General without boundaries? [Below, you will find two pieces about New York Attorney General Eric Scheiderman. In many ways, his AG office's activities have been  reminiscent of Elliot Spitzer's attack on Wall Street: Highly political, very ambitious and utterly [...]

By | 2017-04-14T21:48:53+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments