Editor's Perspective

Campaigns to call Obama conservative stumble on energy

December 30, 2011

From the perspective of the oil and gas business, campaigns by liberal commentators to make President Barack Obama look politically conservative seem otherworldly.

Lifecycle anchored in politics dooms renewable energy

December 22, 2011

Because the world needs renewable energy, renewable energy needs a new lifecycle.

US needs election before new round of energy legislation

December 16, 2011

The US needs an election before the next round of energy legislation. Congress, with its consumption mandates and production subsidies, has done enough damage already.

Pipeline becomes symbol in false political choice

December 9, 2011

If US elections in 2012 amounted only to a contest between envy and oil, President Barack Obama would win 4 more years in office.

Blunder on bottled water colors EU's offshore initiative

December 2, 2011

The European Union has forfeited credibility needed elsewhere with forays last month into drilling and diction.

Oil and gas firms so far elude flak over super failure

November 25, 2011

So far, oil and gas companies have been strangely absent from Democratic Party explanations for why the congressional super committee failed.

Drug tunnels give border issues new reason for alarm

November 18, 2011

National obsessions blocking work vital to US energy supply apply just as logically to struggles against crime on the US-Mexico border. It’s just a matter of spreading fear.

Keystone XL delay serves needs only of obstructionists

November 11, 2011

By definition, only one item in a list of bad attributes can be the worst. Much about a setback to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is bad. So what’s the worst?

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.

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