The role a melting glacier played in Exxon’s biggest disaster: “Global Warming, is there anything it can’t do?” Homer Simpson

Thought Piece [Ordinarily, I would have provided some editorial comment to a story like the one which appeared in the LA Times today, but I have been rendered almost speechless.  Making Exxon a silent corporate conspirator, hiding its early knowledge of global warming, in the Valdez oil spill is an one-sided journalistic disaster of biblical proportions. [...]

By | 2017-04-06T20:31:58+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

“Atlantic Coast Pipeline Protestors Shut Down FERC Chair’s Lecture at Duke University”: “Enviros Shut Down Duke U Meeting Where FERC Chair to Speak”

Thought Piece [In the wake of the interview with NYU Professor Johnathon Haidt in Saturday's Wall Street Journal and his discussion of recent examples of the "new religion that drives the intolerance and violence at places like Middlebury and Berkeley," I can't help noticing that these two pieces, one by the Duke University protestors and the other by a Marcellus [...]

By | 2017-04-06T20:38:02+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Fracking 2.0: Shale Drillers Pioneer New Ways to Profit in Era of Cheap Oil

Thought Piece [The technology of horizontal drilling and fracking is moving at hyper-speed in the US, thanks to the Internet of Things and the innovations of the American private sector. As expected, the energy industry continues to extract more oil faster and cheaper than OPEC. Yes, Virginia, the slow moving, unwieldy methods used by OPEC are showing. In [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Michael Mann takes on his arch-enemies, dissenting scientists and loyal opposition at Committee Hearings.

Frankly, it would take too much time to recount all of Michael Mann's enemies, although I can mention a partial list: Dr. Judith Curry, Koch Brothers, Patrick Taylor, Dr. John Christy, Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr, Myron Ebell, Tucker Carlson, Joe Barton, Washington Times, Steve Milloy, Daily Caller, Chris Horner, David Schnare, Craig Richardson, Hal Doirin, Ross McKitrick, [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , |0 Comments

Judith Curry and Michael Mann debate the future risks and climatological certainty of global warming and climate change

Thought Piece Judith Curry and Michael Mann discuss the future risks and climatological certainty of global warming and climate change After the panel discussion tomorrow at the Congressional Hearings held by Lamar Smith, chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I will leave it up to the observers to determine who engages in character assassination [...]

By | 2017-04-03T22:53:34+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: |0 Comments

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