Editor's Perspective

Setting clocks back recalls series of US energy mistakes

November 4, 2011

As the US switches off Daylight Saving Time, Americans should wonder why Congress in 2005 didn’t just fiddle with clocks and call it a day.

Weather arbitrage in Greek bailout will raise costs

October 28, 2011

Part of Europe’s attempt to keep Greece out of bankruptcy employs an ingenious arbitrage of weather.

Lasting Brent-WTI spread would end an eternal truth

October 21, 2011

Eternal truths about the oil market often die young. One of the market’s currently eternal truths holds that a wide spread between the prices of Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil won’t last.

Green leadership pushes many Brits into fuel poverty

October 14, 2011

In its quest to lead the world toward green energy, the UK government is pushing energy consumers rapidly toward fuel poverty by its own definition.

How to win energy subsidy race: Let others do the running

October 7, 2011

Through how many circles will the US run while chasing its tail on energy?

In response to IG report, EPA shows its regulatory zeal

September 30, 2011

Heartburn over an inspector general’s report at the US Environmental Protection Agency underscores determination of a rogue agency to regulate.

Russia, meddling with investment, plans tax changes

September 26, 2011

Russia’s undulating tax regime for oil and gas companies is expected to change again Oct. 1.

Writer sees clean energy standards as 'Trojan Horse'

September 16, 2011

Climate politics has taken a stealthy turn on energy, according to a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Obama's job speech collapses around its contradictions

September 9, 2011

Amid all the grand promises President Barack Obama made in his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8 lurks a set of contradictions around which the whole, highfalutin mess collapses.

After vital moves, US stays on course for overregulation

September 2, 2011

Despite welcome moves to corral environmental zealots, the Obama administration remains committed to regulation in general.

Naysayers abuse Marcellus shale resource numbers

August 26, 2011

After scientists in the US government increased their estimate of the exploratory potential of natural gas from the Marcellus shale, naysayers called the report a portentous climb-down.

Agriculture chief calls food stamps economic stimulus

August 19, 2011

The Obama administration’s view of government spending and jobs gets weirder with time. Now its luminaries are touting the job-creating goodness of food stamps.

Oil output swoon jars estimates of non-OPEC supply

August 12, 2011

While attention focuses on demand for oil in an economically shaky year, questions emerge about supply from outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Rhetorical dodge hides sinkhole for taxpayer dollars

August 8, 2011

In the sleight-of-hand on display throughout the US showdown over fiscal policy, no one has performed the rhetorical dodge better than President Barack Obama.

Rhetorical dodge hides sinkhole for taxpayer dollars

August 1, 2011

In the sleight-of-hand on display throughout the US showdown over fiscal policy, no one has performed the rhetorical dodge better than President Barack Obama.

US oil production gains change the energy landscape

July 22, 2011

The Independent Petroleum Association of America has called attention to a stealthy trend changing the energy landscape: US production of crude oil and gas liquids is increasing.

Tapping oil hoard effective, IEA says; But was it right?

July 15, 2011

The International Energy Agency has responded to critics of its June announcement of a 60-million-bbl withdrawal of oil from strategic storage by saluting market liquidity and proclaiming, “We take a resolutely positive view so far.”

Role of compromise limited in basic conflicts of value

July 8, 2011

In the US budget showdown, an industry poised to be compromised should not welcome a spirit of compromise.

Energy error list longer after move to tap stored oil

July 1, 2011

The surprising June 23 announcement about release of strategically stored oil really shouldn’t be surprising. Governments bollix energy all the time.

Despite welcome GHG ruling, big issues still open

June 24, 2011

The June 20 US Supreme Court ruling in a case involving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by electric power companies was good for the oil and gas industry but far from everything needed.

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