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Always precise, never pedantic.

In a highly divided and partisan world, it is my intent to provide an even-handed view of the rapidly converging worlds of energy, technology and broadband, while avoiding silo thinking about any of them.

– Steve Heins



Clean energy and energy production are at the forefront of Steve’s attention.



Communication connectivity ties it together with “The Internet of Things



Steve tackles relevant environmental issues like fracking and climate change.

The Weekly Word

The Weekly Word: Methane emissions continue to drop

The Weekly Word: Methane emissions continue to drop Seth Whitehead, a spokesman for Energy in Depth, joins Jason Spiess and Stephen Heins on the Weekly Word. Whitehead is a [...]

By |January 8th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, The Weekly Word|Tags: |1 Comment

Weekly Word: Driessen stops by to talk eco-imperialism and the evolution of environmentalism

Weekly Word: Driessen stops by to talk eco-imperialism and the evolution of environmentalism Paul Driessen, author of “Eco-Imperialism” and a major voice on energy and environmental issues, joined Jason [...]

By |December 25th, 2017|Categories: Energy, The Weekly Word|Tags: , |0 Comments

Weekly Word: Heins, Richardson talk deconstructing the 30-year Sundae known as ClimateGate

The Weekly Word; December 13,2017 The Crude Life’s host and Weekly Word moderator Jason Spiess and Professor Stephen Heins had a special guest join them in a discussion on [...]

By |December 13th, 2017|Categories: Energy, The Weekly Word|0 Comments
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Thought Pieces

California’s state budget is so flush words can’t describe it

Thought Piece Budget Surpluses and Fire in California: Governor Jerry Brown continues to declare that all of this year’s forest fires (including “Camp Fire,” “Woolsey Fire ,” “Hill Fire,” [...]

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|0 Comments

‘It’s a Crisis of Civilization in Mexico.’ 250,000 Dead. 37,400 Missing.

Thought Piece When will the international media notice that the world is suffering a crisis of civilization in Mexico, Central and South American, Africa, a good part of Asia, [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|0 Comments

Canada’s Crude Problem: Lots of Oil With Nowhere to Go

Thought Piece For whatever reason, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t discuss some important facts about Canadian oil and natural gas: Canada is the 4th largest crude oil producer [...]

By |November 10th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|0 Comments

EPA rule changes put clean air at risk (Commentary)

Thought Piece The thoroughly discredited Dr. Charles Driscoll, leader of the “Indirect Health Benefits Study” of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), opines about the new EPA rule, replacing the [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|0 Comments
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I am privileged to recommend Stephen Heins for any marketing, media or writing assignment. Steve is an accomplished observer, researcher and writer and doesn’t come to the title of “Word Merchant” without considerable warrant. Read More
Tom Shepstone, Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I recommend Stephen Heins as a hard working researcher and gifted writer. While I have known Stephen for only about six months, I’ve read many of his works and have been engaged in numerous great discussions with him on matters involving energy, the environment and the internet.  Read More

David C Egelson

I am pleased to recommend Stephen Heins as a researcher and writer.  As a former commissioner on the Maryland Public Service Commission and current senior administrative law judge with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, I am most familiar with Mr. Heins’ work in the energy field. Read More

Larry Brenner

I’ve known Steve Heins for at least 5 years and can say without a doubt that he a gentleman of the first order: always professional and always respectful, even if he disagrees with your perspective. Read More

Ken Silverstein, Editor - Environmental Leader; Writer - Forbes

Heins believes he has the answer to most questions, but even when he does not, he is never in doubt and expresses his position with clarity and humor.  He attracts his audience with an attention getting device, engages it with thoughtful comments and examples… Read More

Wayne H. Rusch, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe