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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

Do the Colorado Toxic Spills Foretell Nightmares for the EPA?

Originally posted in Energy Central Posted on October 16, 2015 Posted By: Stephen Heins Topic: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management For decades the EPA, with its piercing scrutiny, complex regulations, and ruthless punishment of polluters, has ruled through fear and intimidation. But with a growing list of recent debacles, scandal, and regulatory snafus, the tables may be turning, and the [...]

By | October 16th, 2015|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |2 Comments
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Thought Pieces

“Fracking Wastewater is Mostly Brines, Not Man-Made Fracking Fluids”: “They are retained in the shale deep underground.”

Thought Piece  [The effect on ground water of horizontal drilling and fracking is de minimis, a new Duke University study has found. It is reasonable to expect the [...]

A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science: Put ‘consensus’ to test and improve public understanding, through an open, adversarial process

Thought Piece [Paranoid politics almost never achieves its goal. The obvious prejudices, hyperbole, rhetoric, and shrillness gives it away. Name-calling, smearing, and sneering are [...]

“Solar ovens and sustained poverty for Africa: African families and hospitals cannot rely on limited solar power, instead of electricity”

Thought Piece Introduction by Paul Driessen: "In his latest article, aspiring Ugandan college student Steven Lyazi explores efforts by a number of companies [...]

An Open Letter To Rick Perry On Natural Gas Exports: Natural Gas provides strong environmental and economic benefits.

Thought Piece [The following piece from James Taylor is spot on! While it is reasonable to expect a former Texas Governor to understand [...]

Real science must guide policy: Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

Thought Piece [Paul Driessen recaps the testimony by four scientist witnesses at the recent House Science Committee hearings on assumptions, policy implications and [...]

Five Obama-era tech policies on the chopping block: Open and fair access can’t be far behind, if Net Neutrality is left far behind.

Thought Piece [As an Open Access warrior from the 1999-2001 era, I can honestly say that the "net neutrality" argument has always seemed as flawed [...]

OPEC sees rivals’ oil output rising as it over-delivers on cuts: If OPEC continues to over-deliver cuts, US shale oil will continue to increase apace.

Thought Piece [The shale oil development of the lower the 48 states will continue apace and the new Alaskan shale oil discoveries will [...]

The Murder of a President and the hope of a “reconstruction” worthy of its name. Lincoln was a wise man, with a post Civil War vision he took with him

The Murder of President Lincoln. New York Times, April 1865 The heart of this nation was stirred yesterday as it has never been [...]