Hogan sues EPA over neighboring power plant pollution

Thought Piece Another novel idea for suing someone other than ourselves, like LA and San Francisco is doing right now. Theoretically, Maryland would be able to sue other states even if the Clean Power Plan were in force. The possibility for legal mischief and/or oppression could rival Franz Kafka's "The Trial." Steve Hogan sues EPA over [...]

By | 2017-09-28T22:13:48+00:00 September 28th, 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

A two-decade crusade by conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord

Thought Piece Another alarmist headline with more deeply prejudiced reporting. The portrayal of Myron Ebell, in all of its conspiratorial splendor, is so silly that I can't help think it was written by Jonathon Swift. Although, Myron has been an effective voice of the loyal opposition. S P.S. After hearing his annual salary, I think that he [...]

By | 2017-09-14T23:26:14+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Cleaning Up the Superfund Mess: But Superfund delays aren’t the result of insufficient funds: Still 1,336 Superfund sites on the EPA’s Priorities List

Thought Piece It is time to put symbolic and political gestures in their proper perspective, especially as there are still 1,336 Superfund sites untreated. Created 1980, the Superfund has become a monetary piñata for many groups and individuals that have nothing to do this massive clean-up project: Instead of making a direct way of funding, it has [...]

By | 2017-06-15T23:16:17+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Environmental Leader Gina McCarthy Joins Pegasus Capital as Operating Advisor: Even After Her Appointment, She Used Environmental Alarmist Rhetoric

Thought Piece On June 1, 20017, there was a Business Wire news release that caught my attention. Former U.S. EPA Chief Gina McCarthy has joined a private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors. As she put it, “I’m excited to put my public service and academic experience to use in the private sector, which is increasingly where [...]

By | 2017-06-08T21:58:31+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Truth About EPA’s “Mass Advisory Board Firings”

The Truth About EPA’s “Mass Advisory Board Firings” By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant What role should appointed (i.e. not-elected) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boards have with respect to environmental regulations in our country? It’s a valid question and timely, given the recent negative news coverage over EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s action in not automatically reappointing [...]

By | 2017-06-03T08:28:56+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Environment, Original Heins|Tags: |0 Comments

“The Pebble Mine Victory”: New EPA settles a lawless, pre-emptive 2014 veto of Alaska project, which will now get a fair hearing.

Thought Piece Here is another sign that the EPA will stop meddling and being extra legal. The Pebble Mine deserves a proper vetting and environmental evaluation. Documents obtained from freedom of information suits and legal discovery have shown that EPA officials orchestrated opposition to the mine with environmental activists and native tribes. This close relationship between [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:06:50+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Energy, Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Former EPA Head Says Trump’s Enviro Cuts Will Harm “Normal Human Beings,” US has reduced carbon emissions 12.2 percent the last decade without CPP.

Thought Piece [EPA's Gina McCarthy "didn't mince words" in interview with Rachel Maddow, although Gina's sense of history isn't good and her memory is even worse. Consequently, I am writing up a list of the things she said in this interview, along with the many counterpoints to her. For example: Gina's point/ “Clean Air and Clean [...]

By | 2017-05-15T22:01:07+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Categories: Environment, Thought Piece|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Refocusing a Chicago water summit”: Thinking Globally, Clean Water and Reliable Electricity Make the Planet a Cleaner Place

Thought Piece Stella Artois/Anheuser Busch, with the aid of Matt Damon, has started a new ad campaign, "Help end the global water crisis at Water.org," that is likely to turn the current debate over climate change on its ear. It will likely become a rallying cry for the brewing and bottling industries throughout the entire world. With approximately 1.5 billions of people living [...]

Open Letter to Former EPA’s Gina McCarthy in Retirement: A Full and Complete Disclosure of EPA’s Communications and some humility, please. An opinion about the EPA’s overall performance for the last 4 years, from the loyal opposition

Open Letter to Former EPA’s Gina McCarthy in Retirement: A Full and Complete Disclosure of EPA's Communications and some humility, please.  By Stephen Heins, The Word Merchant, LLC As a more active member of the loyal opposition, I cannot help noticing your appointment as a fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John [...]