“Trump Skips Climate Church”: Only when technology can meet mankind’s energy demand at competitive cost will low-carbon energy prevail.

Thought Piece Without the powerful forces of the Internet of Things, the Paris Agreement will remain a voluntary accord, with many unreliable countries and no accounting standards. The real problem with the Paris Agreement is its unrealistic, political nature. "Whatever evolution toward a lower-carbon energy system takes place in the future, it will also certainly be [...]

Environmental Leader Gina McCarthy Joins Pegasus Capital as Operating Advisor: Even After Her Appointment, She Used Environmental Alarmist Rhetoric

Thought Piece On June 1, 20017, there was a Business Wire news release that caught my attention. Former U.S. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy has joined a private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors. As she put it, “I’m excited to put my public service and academic experience to use in the private sector, which is increasingly where [...]

By | 2017-06-08T21:58:31+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|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 [...]

By | 2017-06-03T08:28:56+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|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

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

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

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 [...]