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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 neutrality transparency requirements for [...]

By | March 4th, 2017|Categories: Communication, Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Trump’s Clean Watershed: He orders the EPA to review Obama’s illegal waterways regulation.

Trump’s Clean Watershed: He orders the EPA to review Obama’s illegal waterways regulation. Wall Street Journal Editorial, Updated Feb. 28, 2017 8:04 p.m. ET http://www.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-a-watershed-for-better-regulation/C361F7BB-BE73-4E9C-8810-0D0EC285560E.html Speaking of deregulation (see nearby), President Trump on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider an Obama Administration rule that seized control over tens of millions of acres of private land under the pretext [...]

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

The EPA’s Science Deniers The agency changes its view on fracking and water without evidence.

The EPA’s Science Deniers The agency changes its view on fracking and water without evidence. Wall Street Journal Editorial Updated Dec. 18, 2016 5:41 p.m. ET Speaking of fake news, the political scientists at the EPA have rewritten the conclusion of a report in order to cast doubt on the safety of hydraulic fracturing. Consider this EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Categories: Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments

EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth

Originally posted in Watts Up With That (WUWT) *The worlds most view site on global warming and climate change.* Guest essay by Stephen Heins, Energy Consultant, Business Writer and Practical Environmentalist   28 September 2016 | By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant While many of us have actively tried to follow the broad-based scientific discussions about climate change including those at [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |1 Comment

Who Will Become the First Master Builder of Clean Energy?

3 August 2016 | By Steve Heins, The Word Merchant Many have probably heard a lot about Tesla lately, including the latest dust up with the “Autopilot” accidents. Beneath the headlines, the recently announced Tesla and Solar City merger will be an interesting experiment: Can massive government spending stimulate its own economy, without the usual worry about return on investment [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

Researchers falsely claimed no EPA involvement in Clean Power Plan study

Originally posted in Energy Central March 4th, 2016 | By Stephen Heins Funding bias is by definition biased! Consequently, there should be full disclosure for all parties involved in regulatory and political issues, so that all researchers and research can be judged for their objectivity about environmental, economic and energy information being provided by grants and other funding sources--public and private. Below, I am [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Categories: Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Thought Pieces

Al Gore’s Climate Sequel Misses a Few More Facts: Eleven years since first climate-change film, Al’s still trying to spend $17 trillion on doomsday!

Thought Piece If Soren Kierkegaard is right that "life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards," then I wish [...]

“Enemies of humanity”: Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death….

Thought Piece I often find myself realizing that I know some very articulate and worldly men and women. In the following, I simply cannot add [...]

2017 Bakken Oil Conference Begins Next Week, More Than 400 Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Bismarck, North Dakota, Center of Energy Universe.

Thought Piece [I am heading for the annual Bakken Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday. In 1880's, the State of Wisconsin developed [...]

“The Shale Revolution’s Staggering Impact in Just One Word: Plastics” Ah, Six Words: oil, natural gas & feedstock, carbon reduction–value streams

Thought Piece One of the most puzzling parts about any discussion about the Shale Revolution of the last decade is the short shrift [...]

“Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, property rights” by Jonathan Wood, in Investment Business Daily

Thought Piece [Thanks to Free Range Report for reprinting the Jonathon Wood piece from IBD.  Steve] Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, [...]

Lessons of the Energy Export Boom: this dominance was achieved by private U.S. investment, innovation and trade—not Washington central planning.

Thought Piece Since 2009,  the U.S. hydraulic fracturing revolution has caused America to become the world’s top natural gas producer passing Russia, and the top producer [...]

RURAL AMERICA IS STRANDED IN THE DIAL-UP AGE: Wireless Broadband can be the great uniter of city and country.

Thought Piece High costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy By Jennifer [...]

GE-Baker Hughes: Some call deal unprecedented; others see competitive nuisance: Combination of big data and new energy technology a game changer, IOT!

Thought Piece This new energy and electricity powerhouse, GE-Baker Hughes, will become the first "full-stream" service company (upstream exploration and production--midstream transportation--and downstream refining and [...]