EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its Many, Many, Many Flaws

[I have up-dated a piece I wrote last year, "EPA's Clean Power Plan and its Moment of Truth." While many people seemingly have forgotten that it was a legalistic nightmare, I think it is important to revisit its many flaws. Ultimately, it was an over-politicized document in search of national problem. Even Gina McCarthy admitted that the Clean Power [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

U.S. oil and gas industry reaps the benefits of international trade, aided by new technologies and growing transportation hubs.

Thought Piece [The following piece by John Kemp is a well-nuanced look at the current US gas and oil industry. While increasing flows of oil and gas are doing well, thanks to the return to free trade for US exports, the overall production of shale oil, natural gas and feedstock has just started to hit its stride. [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New era of energy and its transportation in US begins tomorrow (or the day after). Quietly, the long years of engineering come to fruition….

Thought Piece [Below, please find two stories that effectively announce a new era without being all that much different than the old era. Oil and natural gas will continue to flow from North Dakota to the outside world, just as it has always done. The Courts have given their final approval to the Dakota Access Pipe Line, with [...]

By | 2017-04-05T21:30:21+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Reprint of “EPA administrator: ‘We’re going to keep reducing greenhouse gas emissions”

Thought Piece [Gina McCarthy is an unrepentant and a zealous climate change alarmist, with a little too much self-congratulation in her latest interviews for my tastes. Her certainty and biases will not be missed by the US energy revolution: and arguably, her lack of independence from the White House has politicized the EPA beyond recognition. For the [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

It’s Time for a National Debate on Fracking: Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban

It's Time for a National Debate on Fracking Stephen Heins, Spark Magazine http://spark.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/its-time-national-debate-fracking?sthash.K1Dpwp7q.mjjo On April 8th, 2015, the Wall Street Journal headline read "Bloomberg Criticizes New York Fracking Ban." During his interview, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was donating an additional $30 million to the Sierra's "anti-coal" campaign, but that he also [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lawmaker says ‘majority’​ of House Republicans are ‘deniers’​: Harvard Professor says “Things are not looking good.”​

Thought Piece Naomi Oreskes, the Harvard University science historian [I must admit that it is hard being called a denier, just because some of us don't see a black and white world, especially from a single political Chicago political voice. The fact that Rep. Quigley did it in front of group of well-meaning businesses and [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dueling Headlines: DAPL expected to bring $100M a year to North Dakota; Former OH Rep. Dennis Kucinich thinks real cost may be incalculably higher.

Thought Piece [Who knew that Dennis Kucinich was a pipeline and environment expert? In fact, who knew he even knew where North Dakota was located. Although, it isn't surprising that he opposes the Dakota Access Pipe Line. "North Dakota and other states may soon discover that the temporary financial benefits of pipeline revenue will be far outweighed by the [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bakken Boosters See Robustness Returning This Year and Next, Additional $100 million in Annual Tax Revenue

Bakken Boosters See Robustness Returning This Year and Next Richard Nemec March 6, 2017 The buzz is slowly returning to the Bakken Shale, with state and industry stakeholders eyeing a return to more robust production and bottom line numbers by the end of this year and through all of 2018. America's highest profile oil pipeline, the [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:35+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Trump’s Clean Watershed: He orders the EPA to review Obama’s illegal waterways regulation.

Trump’s Clean Watershed: He orders the EPA to review Obama’s illegal waterways regulation. Wall Street Journal Editorial, Updated Feb. 28, 2017 8:04 p.m. ET http://www.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-a-watershed-for-better-regulation/C361F7BB-BE73-4E9C-8810-0D0EC285560E.html Speaking of deregulation (see nearby), President Trump on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider an Obama Administration rule that seized control over tens of millions of acres of private [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:36+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: , |0 Comments

“Gina McCarthy outlines EPA accomplishments”​ She Proves EPA-ism Had Become Just Another Immodest, Preachy Religious Type. So Righteous!

Thought Piece [But of course Gina has just taken a position at Harvard and I suspect that her self-righteousness will make her become vocal and visual from time to time. As for writing about her activist agency over the last four years, historians and reporters are much more likely to write about her "accomplishments," clear eyed and all, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:36+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments