Editor's Perspective

Biofuel crops eyed as threatening to local ecosystems

December 24, 2010

The environmental halo over the politically angelic head of biofuels is growing a new layer of rust.

Green awards flow to governor of state deep in red

December 17, 2010

While his state teeters financially, outgoing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is sweeping up environmental awards.

Important global warming case moves to Supreme Court

December 13, 2010

The US Supreme Court plans to address legal questions with potential to expose emitters of greenhouse gases to huge liability for harm from natural phenomena.

EPA change shows folly of mandating cellulosic ethanol

December 3, 2010

For the US renewable-fuel standards program, real-world events raise questions of credibility.

European pressures highlight meeting on energy markets

November 29, 2010

Debt pressures in Europe enhance the importance of low-profile meetings held Nov. 22-23 in London on interactions between physical and financial markets in energy.

Fed’s stimulus move jogs complex forces acting on oil price

November 19, 2010

A new round of asset purchases by the US Federal Reserve cloaks the price of crude oil with yet more mystery.

Independence, risk, and energy: a view from Saudi Arabia

November 12, 2010

From Saudi Arabia, US bluster about energy independence must look delusional.

Political statement in Obama’s Nobel Prize takes a jolt

November 5, 2010

The eminences who convey the Nobel Peace Prize have taken a jolt from America.

Lax congressional oversight has let regulators go wild

October 29, 2010

Return of the US House of Representatives to Republican control–uncertain at this writing but considered likely—offers hope too easily obscured by spicier controversies preceding Nov. 2 elections.

OPEC's reserves reflect politics--and a lot of oil

October 22, 2010

Jockeying seems to have resumed in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries over reserves estimates, reviving questions about what these numbers mean--and what they do not.

Waiver on ethanol limit sustains a costly boondoggle

October 15, 2010

A partial waiver in the US of a 10% limit on the ethanol content of gasoline serves two masters: the ethanol lobby and Democratic lawmakers who can’t admit mistakes. For all other Americans—tough.

Offshore slowdown, like other intrusions, erodes employment

October 8, 2010

A costly slowdown in permitting of shallow-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico shows in microcosm how regulatory juggernauts wreck economies.

UK science group takes welcome turn on climate issue

October 1, 2010

Whether or not the world faces ruinous warming, debate over the issue of climate change has taken a welcome turn toward reason.

Subsidy inaction, trade suspicions vex US biodiesel

September 24, 2010

Creatures of government lead strange lives. Biodiesel, for example.

Global warming issue gets new focus: the label

September 17, 2010

The phrase “global warming” soon may go the way of “gasohol”—and for similar reasons.

Gasoline prices defied mythology in US this summer

September 10, 2010

Reality has vanquished a fundamental myth about US gasoline prices—and the myths behind it.

IPCC can't stop mixing climate science, politics

September 3, 2010

Responding to criticism for letting politics sway science, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change resorted to politics.

Unconventional gas resources changing more than markets

August 27, 2010

Development of unconventional gas resources is overhauling more than markets. It’s changing companies, too.

Why scorn report about shrinking mess in the gulf?

August 20, 2010

The Apr. 20 blowout of the Macondo wildcat off Louisiana, with its 11 deaths and consequent oiling of the Gulf of Mexico, wasn’t bad enough to suit some people.

On climate change, the UK is providing shaky leadership

August 13, 2010

Where the UK leads on climate change, few other countries should wish to follow.

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