The EPA and The Clean Power Plan: The Climate Science is Far from Settled

Thought Piece With all the hand-wringing and teeth-knashing being done since the two international Lancet Reports and EPA’ s recent environmental report, I thought that I would reprint this piece from 2016: “EPA and the Clean Power Plan,” where I delineate over 20 flaws in the Clean Power Plan. The CPP would reduce US emissions by [...]

By | 2017-11-14T22:26:54+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins, Thought Piece|0 Comments

Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise

Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant, LLC As a more active member of the loyal opposition, I cannot help noticing ex-EPA’s Gina McCarthy's appointment as a fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John F. [...]

By | 2017-10-13T22:55:24+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Steve Heins, “Electricity and Energy at the Crossroads 2017,” Master’s of Jurisprudence in Energy Law, University of Tulsa College of Law Energy .

I am happy to announce that I will be one of the lecturers at the University of Tulsa Law School this fall term with many other energy and regulation mavens. I will discuss "Electricity and Energy at the Crossroads 2017." Thanks for the opportunity, Diana Hall and Assistant Dean Tim Thompson. Steve For more information, [...]

By | 2017-08-20T10:25:14+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: About Steve, Original Heins|0 Comments

“Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan: Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power….”

Scientists Sharply Rebut Influential Renewable-Energy Plan Nearly two dozen researchers critique a proposal for wind, solar, and water power gaining traction in policy circles. [https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608126/in-sharp-rebuttal-scientists-squash-hopes-for-100-percent-renewable As I was reading this Technology Review piece yesterday, I was reminded of the following vignette: ...I was enjoying my own company at a French bistro on 93rd St. and Madison Ave. [...]

By | 2017-06-29T21:00:48+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|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 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

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 [...]

EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its Many, Many, Many Flaws

[I have up-dated a piece I wrote last year, "EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth." While many people seemingly have forgotten that it was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to revisit its many flaws. Ultimately, it was an over-politicized document in search of national problem. Even Gina McCarthy admitted that the Clean Power [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

It’s Time for a National Debate on Fracking: Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban

It's Time for a National Debate on Fracking Stephen Heins, Spark Magazine http://spark.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/its-time-national-debate-fracking?sthash.K1Dpwp7q.mjjo On April 8th, 2015, the Wall Street Journal headline read "Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban." During his interview, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was donating an additional $30 million to the Sierra's "anti-coal" campaign, but that he also [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

FCC reverses net neutrality ISP transparency rules

FCC reverses net neutrality ISP transparency rules Small ISPs will no longer be required to inform customers of their network management practices The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to roll back some net neutrality regulations that require broadband providers to inform customers about their network management practices. The Republican-controlled FCC on Thursday suspended the net [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:55:50+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments