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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

Faux Outrage Over Migratory Bird Treaty Demonstrates Fractivist Duplicity

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Congrats to the sanity of Greg Walcher and Paul Driessen. The size of the double standards applied to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is symptomatic of the [...]

Natural gas explosions: Boston-area gas pipes among oldest and leakiest in US

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |

Thought Piece In direct answer to Cory Brewer’s question about Massachusetts explosions, I am providing the link to the USA Today investigation. It is probably the most clear-headed and [...]

Trump’s energy policies are driving Democrats crazy

By |September 14th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: |

Thought Piece The Clean Power Plan (CPP) of 2015 had almost nothing to do with emission reductions. In fact, the whole “indirect health benefits” mirage was invented by the [...]

States Loom as a Regulatory Threat to Tech Giants

By |September 12th, 2018|Categories: Communication, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Just when I thought some of the expansive “State Rights” arguments were being throttled by state and federal courts, the Justice Department and several states are attempting [...]

What Trendy Environmentalism Ignores to the Detriment of Mankind

By |September 11th, 2018|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|

What Trendy Environmentalism Ignores to the Detriment of Mankind By Stephen Heins Trendy environmentalism seems to be the order of the day in those parts of the US where [...]


By |September 9th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece I am proud to introduce this new presentation by friend Paul Driessen. It may the very best educational and historical discussion of the last 200 years of [...]

Climate Psychology Handbook: Promote Renewables to Cure Debilitating Climate Angst

By |September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|

Thought  Piece Here is a handbook (aka Cliff Notes) from the echo chamber of environmental activism. More from the Scientific Tabernacle Choir. “Climate psychology” and “Debilitating Climate Angst” are [...]

Michael Bloomberg Is Buying Power from Politically Corrupt Attorneys General

By |September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece This Weekly Word with Jason Spiess, the professor, and Tom Shepstone (www.twmheins.com in Weekly Word Column), recorded on January 30, 2018. Stephen Heins and Jason Spiess hosts [...]

Fake Study Recommends Quarter-Mile Setbacks for PA Shale Drilling

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece It’s official. A Pennsylvania environmental group is copying an initiative spawned in Boulder, CO, using a discredited study to advance their cause. Environmentalism has become a secular [...]

Activists in Ohio’s New Oil and Gas Play Get a Lesson in Shale Economics

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Whenever the "alarmist media" run stories, Op-Eds on climate changes, and Letters to the Editor, they exaggerate the headline and narrative. They rarely if ever include a [...]

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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