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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 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

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Featured Articles

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

With The Clean Power Plan, EPA Has Given Up On Cooperative Federalism

Originally posted in Forbes/Opinion 4 Mar 2015 | By Stephen Heins The idea of “cooperative federalism” began with the New Deal in the 1930s when it came to include a division of responsibilities among the states and the federal government agencies of electric power and distribution. By the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970, the EPA set the minimum standards for [...]

By | March 4th, 2015|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Practical Environmentalism In The Noisy World Of Energy

Originally posted in Forbes/Opinion 23 Dec 2014 | By Stephen Heins The world of energy (oil, pipelines, OPEC, fracking, gasoline prices, peak oil, tar sands and natural gas, to mention the most overly discussed) has entered a new phase, while reasserting its place in the world headlines. In the meantime, another very important American energy story—electricity for the present and future of America [...]

By | December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

State Moves Into Top 10 in Energy Efficiency

Embed from Getty Images 14 Oct 2008 | by Stephen Heins In an October report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the state of Wisconsin moved into the top 10 on the "2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard." In addition, Wisconsin should further improve its ranking now that the Citizens Utility Board and Wisconsin Public Service Corp., a [...]

By | October 14th, 2008|Categories: Energy, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments
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WV Gov Justice Says China Investment Specifics are “Confidential”

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New Study Highlights Climate Science Uncertainty

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Senate Passes Hoeven’s Bill to Streamline Tribal Energy Development

Thought Piece While I suspect that this storyline will either be ignored or confined to the small stories with small print, I think [...]

Secret Donors Are Financing Leandra English Lawsuit Against Trump

Thought Piece Full Closure for All: I suggest that all scientists/futurists/businesses/universities/federal agencies/NGO's/forecasters/analysts/energy predictors/environmental activists, should have to disclose “all material facts.” Secret Donors [...]

Keystone XL on the Cusp

Thought Piece It is hard to make a more compelling argument for the private investment, environment, safety, and economic development for new pipelines [...]

Keystone pipeline spills 210,000 gallons of oil on eve of permitting decision for TransCanada

Thought Piece The first iteration of this story was much more balanced, but this update isn’t, reverting to the usual vitriol of environmental [...]

With Big Spill to Clean, Pipeline Owner Seeks Keystone XL Approval

Thought Piece Not to be undone by the Washington Post reporting, the New York Times begins its story with the following headline: “With [...]

A Litigious Climate Threatens Scientific Norms

Thought Piece         Surely, scientists suing critics and fellow scientists has revealed a huge crack between science and politics. We [...]