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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

IEA warns of ‘worrying trend’ as global investment in renewables falls

By |July 19th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|Tags: , |

Thought Piece IEA’s definition of renewables is hydro, wind and solar, which sounds more like a political slogan. That said, emission reductions come in many forms: My clean energy [...]

Building for the future: West Virginia leads the nation in construction employment

By |July 18th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|

Thought Piece As I have said before, I believe that unconventional oil has become the center of the US economic renaissance, because it has three separate revenue streams: natural [...]

America’s Oil And Gas Boom Is Spreading Through The Country

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

Thought Piece As we watch the slow, tortuous process of England approving its first hydro-fracking well, it is worth mentioning that “America’s Oil and Gas Boom is Spreading Through [...]

The Problem With Innovation: The Biggest Companies Are Hogging All the Gains

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|Tags: |

Thought Piece “Since the industrial revolution, major innovations have filtered from company to company and industry to industry. Not anymore, and that’s a problem.” It is worth mentioning that [...]

WINNING: Arizona Appellate Court decides Hockey Stick emails must be released

By |July 13th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|

Thought Piece FINALLY, TRANSPARENCY: SECRET COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT MICHAEL MANN’S HOCKEY STICK MAY FINALLY BECOME TRANSPARENT. Craig Richardson, president of E & E Legal Institute, (during the Weekly Word radio [...]

Oil’s New Technology Spells End of Boom for Roughnecks

By |July 13th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , |

Thought Piece Technology has undermined one of the last high-paying blue-collar jobs: “You can’t just start out swinging and hauling iron anymore.” Natural gas is a long, long, wide, [...]

A Reflection on the Wannabe Kings of Environmentalism Activism

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: Thought Piece|

Thought Piece The idea that “climate change disputers are actually innovation pessimists” has been circulating around climate alarmists circles lately. Frankly, I think that they have it ass backwards: [...]

LNG Projects Happening Across World Equal Opportunity Here at Home

By |June 21st, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece This is a thoughtful, informed piece about LNG growth internationally. As usual, writing with clarity and research depth, Tom Shepstone has reported on NG, LNG, economics, economic [...]

FERC Denies Rehearing Request for Mountain Valley Pipe 3-2

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Thinking like the majority of FERC Commissioners ruled, I disagree with the Blue Virginia’s editorial response to the ruling, but I am quite impressed by the Marcellus [...]

The Undermining Role and Unfair Influence of Tax-Exempt Foundations

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|

Thought Piece Thanks to Tom Shepstone for this piece about the large Foundations and their path to political and environmental activism. “Tax-exempt foundations, especially supposed charities, are undermining our [...]

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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