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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

The Bridge to the Energy Future

Originally posted in Energy Central February 11, 2016 | By Stephen Heins [Given the fact that I wrote this presentation 10 years ago for WREC Conference in Italy, I find little of it that I am embarrassed about. The names and the companies have changed, but many of the issues are still the same. Foremost, the continuing importance of energy efficiency, especially in Central [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

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

Originally posted in Energy Central 9 February 2016 | By Steve Heins, The Word Merchant “The EPA and The Clean Power Plan: The Climate Science is Far from Settled,” (…and the EPA hasn’t yet addressed any of the important issues surrounding the energy, technology and telecommunication convergence.) While many of us actively try to follow the broad-based scientific discussions about climate change, most [...]

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Thought Pieces

“The Struggle Behind Oil’s Ups and Downs”: The industry has been recalibrated to a lower price level.

Thought Piece [Daniel Yergin has been one of the most reliable voices of world energy experts and writers for the last 40 years. His intellectual credentials would make a mortal [...]

Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives the Left Crazy: The FCC’s new chairman plan to reopen the internet to competition—and agitators picketing his family house

Thought Piece Net neutrality is such a misuse of language. It invites an under-informed mob to take political actions that are so far from [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“Climate of Complete Certainty,” so look out for blistering backlashes to anything less than 100% climate certainty.

Thought Piece [I suspect that it is finally safe to reprint Bret Stephen's first column for the New York Times, "Climate of Complete Certainty, [...]

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 [...]