The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

Thought Piece After reading the recently published Lancet Report for the first time, I am struck by a few thoughts: The narrative of the study could have been written by any number of environmental groups; the actual statistics tell a different story; and, finally the real story which may very well be about the effects of [...]

By | 2017-10-29T09:24:04+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise

Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise Madam Ex-Secretary McCarthy: A Humble Public Servant is Wise By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant, LLC As a more active member of the loyal opposition, I cannot help noticing ex-EPA’s Gina McCarthy's appointment as a fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John F. [...]

By | 2017-10-13T22:55:24+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Academic freedom lecturer takes on claims of climate change deniers

Thought Piece Clearly, Penn State University’s Professor Michael Mann has no sense of humor, nor does he have a sense of irony. Speaking at the “Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom,” Mann gave a speech preaching for the end of climate change debate at the University of Michigan, after Michigan’s President Mark Schlissel introduced guest speaker [...]

By | 2017-10-13T22:43:17+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

North Dakota Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Wilkinson v. Board of University and School Lands Decision

Thought Piece Here is an interesting case regarding mineral rights and governmental “takings.” It is not clear what legal effect it will have on broader cases of mineral rights and private property, but it will provide employment for attorneys. Steve North Dakota Supreme Court Reverses and Remands Wilkinson v. Board of University and School Lands Decision [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:16:07+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Natural Disasters Should Teach Us

Thought Piece Here is another thoughtful piece from friend Steven Lyazi from Kampala, Uganda. Steven continues to remind Americans that the real problems of Africa will not be solved by a solar oven or ignoring the 400,000 people killed annually by malaria. When will "environmental thinking" realize that banning the use of DDT in Africa is [...]

By | 2017-10-03T22:07:34+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Thousands flee ‘imminent’ Bali volcano eruption

Thought Piece I am starting a new service called the Early Bird from the Word Merchant. I want to be a reliable resource of early international wire news for both energy and environmental sectors. Here is early news about upcoming volcano eruption. Thousands flee ‘imminent’ Bali volcano eruption charles the moderator / 4 days ago September 24, 2017 [Update [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:04:23+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Now it’s a War on Pipelines

Thought Piece First they waged war on coal, and now they’ve launched a war on pipelines. As one activist put it, the best means of transporting oil is no transportation. But if there is going to be increased production, “I would rather it go by train.” Right. Just replacing the Dakota Access Pipe Line would require [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:01:50+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

Thought Piece In all fairness, I need to include this recent piece by the https://lnkd.in/g7xmuFq. Although, it is an interview, which means it has only one point of view. Yes, I could write a counter argument, but I am following my own advice on humility and civility. Steve Is climate change making hurricanes worse? By Staff [...]

By | 2017-09-19T21:21:22+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Climate scientists admit they were wrong on climate change effects

Thought Piece A humble scientist is a wise scientist. Anyone making predictions should heed the words of the great philosopher Casey Stengel: "Don't make prediction especially about the future." This might be a great time to have thorough discussion on climate change, without rancor or name-calling. Let's admit that there are many, many people in the [...]

By | 2017-09-19T21:18:51+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Former Obama EPA Head Criticizes EPA For Lack Of Transparency, Forgets Her Lack Of Transparency

Thought Piece After being engaged with the EPA senior management since 2005, I must admit that my experience with them especially over the last 8 years has left me with little trust of their news releases and interviews, especially after paying close attention to Lisa Jackson and Gina McCarthy's public statements. Both have sounded hypocritical and [...]

By | 2017-09-21T20:55:26+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments