Do the Colorado Toxic Spills Foretell Nightmares for the EPA?

For decades the EPA, with its piercing scrutiny, complex regulations, and ruthless punishment of polluters, has ruled through fear and intimidation. But with a growing list of recent debacles, scandal, and regulatory snafus, the tables may be turning, and the EPA itself may have good reason to feel afraid, especially after triggering a second wastewater spill [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:11+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

With The Clean Power Plan, EPA Has Given Up On Cooperative Federalism

Originally posted in Forbes/Opinion 4 Mar 2015 | By Stephen Heins The idea of “cooperative federalism” began with the New Deal in the 1930s when it came to include a division of responsibilities among the states and the federal government agencies of electric power and distribution. By the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the EPA set [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:11+00:00 March 4th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Practical Environmentalism In The Noisy World Of Energy

Originally posted in Forbes/Opinion 23 Dec 2014 | By Stephen Heins The world of energy (oil, pipelines, OPEC, fracking, gasoline prices, peak oil, tar sands and natural gas, to mention the most overly discussed) has entered a new phase, while reasserting its place in the world headlines. In the meantime, another very important American energy story—electricity for the present [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:11+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Sobering News Requires Immediate Action

13 May 2007 | by Stephen Heins A report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued earlier this month provides a sobering assessment of the impact global warming could have on the climate and has prompted government officials, environmentalists, and even some of the most skeptical conservatives to sit up and take [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:11+00:00 May 13th, 2007|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

California Gets its Energy Policy Affairs in Order: Energy Action Plan II is Blueprint for Optimization and Cooperation

Originally posted by Energy Central September 19, 2005 | By Stephen Heins Now that California is in the last stages of adopting its Energy Action Plan II, it is an opportune time to discuss the comprehensive solutions being enacted there. First and foremost, California has been able to conduct a thorough discussion of energy policy and [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 September 19th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Recent PSC Ruling on Energy Efficiency Is Positively Ground-Breaking

Originally posted by Energy Central August 8, 2005 | By Stephen Heins The most recent Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) decision on July 20, 2005, must be considered an important ruling for the future of energy policy in Wisconsin. With this decision, Wisconsin became the first state in the U.S. to take the bold step of [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 August 8th, 2005|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Open Letter to Governor Schwarzenegger: A New Age of Practical Environmentalism for California

Originally posted by Energy Central October 22, 2004 | By Stephen Heins Dear Governor Schwarzenegger: In a recent article in the New York Times Magazine section, David Brooks - a columnist on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 October 22nd, 2004|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Energy Efficient Lighting Vital to Recovery 2004 – Applying New Technology to Contain Costs, Improve Workplace and Protect the Environment

Originally posted by Energy Central March 21, 2004 | By Stephen Heins While the worst part of the economic recovery process is probably past, the gut-wrenching changes brought on by the manufacturing sector's recession of 2001-2003 are likely to be permanent. One clear economic theme has emerged: The necessity to transform as many fixed costs into [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:12+00:00 May 21st, 2004|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

The U.S. Government & the States Should Create Energy Efficient Portfolios

Originally posted by Energy Central May 7, 2003 | By Stephen Heins With deregulation of the retail electric utility industry a distant memory for all but a few states, it appears to be a good time to return to basics for regulation of the utility sector. This means that the U.S Government along with the 50 [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:54:41+00:00 May 7th, 2003|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments