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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 [...]

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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

Do the Colorado Toxic Spills Foretell Nightmares for the EPA?

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 EPA itself may have good reason to feel afraid, especially after triggering a second wastewater spill in Colorado in early [...]

By | October 16th, 2015|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Did EPA pay Harvard to fix study supporting Clean Power Plan?

  Originally posted in Fortnightly's SPARK  29 Sept 2015 | By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant Let’s have full disclosure on Harvard’s new health study (And why it so closely defends the EPA that helped to fund it.) As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. That’s the lesson one might well draw from the remarkable but yet [...]

By | September 30th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

State Utility Commissioners at Ground Zero

13 Jun 2015 | by Stephen Heins State utility commissioners in all 50 states are under a lot of stress. First, they must formulate and plan for the future of their states’ electrical grids and at the same time, keep their eyes on the developments in Washington and on the EPA whose Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the elephant in [...]

By | June 13th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |4 Comments
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Thought Pieces

2017 Bakken Oil Conference Begins Next Week, More Than 400 Industry Professionals Set to Gather in Bismarck, North Dakota, Center of Energy Universe.

Thought Piece [I am heading for the annual Bakken Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday. In 1880's, the State of Wisconsin developed [...]

“The Shale Revolution’s Staggering Impact in Just One Word: Plastics” Ah, Six Words: oil, natural gas & feedstock, carbon reduction–value streams

Thought Piece One of the most puzzling parts about any discussion about the Shale Revolution of the last decade is the short shrift [...]

“Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, property rights” by Jonathan Wood, in Investment Business Daily

Thought Piece [Thanks to Free Range Report for reprinting the Jonathon Wood piece from IBD.  Steve] Endangered Species Act: Weaponizing law to crush industry, [...]

Lessons of the Energy Export Boom: this dominance was achieved by private U.S. investment, innovation and trade—not Washington central planning.

Thought Piece Since 2009,  the U.S. hydraulic fracturing revolution has caused America to become the world’s top natural gas producer passing Russia, and the top producer [...]

RURAL AMERICA IS STRANDED IN THE DIAL-UP AGE: Wireless Broadband can be the great uniter of city and country.

Thought Piece High costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy By Jennifer [...]

GE-Baker Hughes: Some call deal unprecedented; others see competitive nuisance: Combination of big data and new energy technology a game changer, IOT!

Thought Piece This new energy and electricity powerhouse, GE-Baker Hughes, will become the first "full-stream" service company (upstream exploration and production--midstream transportation--and downstream refining and [...]

Cleaning Up the Superfund Mess: But Superfund delays aren’t the result of insufficient funds: Still 1,336 Superfund sites on the EPA’s Priorities List

Thought Piece It is time to put symbolic and political gestures in their proper perspective, especially as there are still 1,336 Superfund sites [...]

‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, a bureaucracy’s best friend

Thought Piece ‘Trump’s Budget Prioritizes Polluter’s Over People” So Screamed the Headline of the Op-Ed of Gina McCarthy, June 6, 2017 Before I [...]