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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

Currently open to consulting opportunities with an emerging energy company. Interested? Email: stephenheins@gmail.com



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.

Thought Pieces

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

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

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,” [...]

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

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

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, [...]

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

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

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 [...]

EPA rule changes put clean air at risk (Commentary)

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|

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 [...]

Plunging Emissions Mostly Not Spurred By Natural Gas Nor Renewables, U.S. Government Finds

By |November 1st, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Reading between the lines of this piece about the recent EIA Report, the stark raving fact is that industrial energy efficiency has been responsible for over 50% [...]

‘State Government Blew It’: Lawmaker on Natural Gas Oversight

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Finally, here is an honest appraisal of the failures of Massachusetts and its state agencies leading up to the recent Boston gas explosion. Frankly, while all related [...]

Misery ‘Every Day, Every Hour’ in Syrian Camp. And Now, It’s Grown Critical.

By |October 20th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|

Thought Piece What’s new. This piece from New York Times pretends to be an “objective” report, but it simply isn’t. Even more embarrassing is the story hidden in between [...]

Responding to a Misleading Narrative on Texas Oil Exports

By |October 12th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece My major complaint against the one-eyed environment extremists has always been that they use misinformation and extra-legal (at best) bullying tactics, not unlike former EPA senior management, [...]


By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Communication, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece I have been assembling all of the examples of bad behavior by the churches of “Net Neutrality”, both from the efforts of the States and former FCC [...]

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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