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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.

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.


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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 made special provision that [...]

By | 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 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
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Thought Pieces

2014 HGS Presentation: “Climate Change: Facts and Fictions”

Thought Piece Not much has changed since Dr. Rusty Riese's May 2014 Presentation in front of Houston Geological Society. The alarmists like Dr. [...]

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

Thought Piece In all fairness, I need to include this recent piece by the https://lnkd.in/g7xmuFq. Although, it is an interview, which means it [...]

Climate scientists admit they were wrong on climate change effects

Thought Piece A humble scientist is a wise scientist. Anyone making predictions should heed the words of the great philosopher Casey Stengel: "Don't [...]

Former Obama EPA Head Criticizes EPA For Lack Of Transparency, Forgets Her Lack Of Transparency

Thought Piece After being engaged with the EPA senior management since 2005, I must admit that my experience with them especially over the [...]

Underreported: What Happened When Government Tried to Fix a Coal Town

Thought Piece This is the kind of reporting that has been missing in the mainstream media. It shows the costs and benefits of [...]

Feds overrule New York’s natural gas pipeline permit denial

Thought Piece The New York State political machine and anti- fossil fuel alarmists finally loses one in their effort to impose their will [...]

Climate Alarmist Michael Mann Shrieks at ‘Inhuman Cretins’ for Skepticism

Thought Piece Dr. Michael Mann continues to communicate his point of view, with the confidence of the morally righteous. After hearing him testify [...]

A two-decade crusade by conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord

Thought Piece Another alarmist headline with more deeply prejudiced reporting. The portrayal of Myron Ebell, in all of its conspiratorial splendor, is so silly [...]