Editor's Perspective

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.

Global warming consensus melts in its own heat

June 17, 2011

Credibility of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, embodiment of the ballyhooed consensus about humanly induced global warming, has suffered another blow.

Saudi Arabia due company as OPEC supply powerhouse

June 10, 2011

As the eminent force in the Organization of Exporting Countries, Saudi Arabia in recent years has managed supply at the margin of the oil market virtually alone.

OPEC won't hike output (but will increase quotas)

June 3, 2011

Days before an unusually interesting meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a reminder is in order. OPEC does not produce oil.

Pawlenty comes out swinging on ethanol subsidies

May 27, 2011

Tim Pawlenty has committed the cardinal sin of politicians seeking their party’s nomination for the US presidency. Hooray for Tim Pawlenty.

Does agricultural perspective warp views on energy?

May 20, 2011

Maybe the agricultural perspective keeps politicians and reporters in parts of the US from understanding energy.

'Subsidy' tax ploy hurts credibility of politicos pushing it

May 13, 2011

Effective democratic governance depends on the quality of discourse, which plunges when elected officials jettison truth to pursue political aims.

Budget politics to create gap in US reserves data

May 6, 2011

The decision to skip a year’s worth of US reserves estimates recalls long-ago arguments about the superiority of government data over supposedly tainted numbers from the oil and gas industry.

Hydrogen reversal shows governmental fuel-choice lunacy

April 29, 2011

A low-profile revolt over hydrogen in Washington, DC, illustrates the lunacy of governmental fuel choice.

High court offers hope for sense in warming lawsuits

April 22, 2011

Arguments in the first lawsuit involving climate change to reach the US Supreme Court provided incomplete hope that common sense will prevail.

Obama spurns help from oil and gas in US fiscal struggles

April 15, 2011

For anyone who thought US President Barack Obama might treat oil and gas resource development as helpful in the nation’s budget struggles, two words should be enlightening: fat chance.

Wrong reasons steer Obama to wrong path on oil import cuts

April 8, 2011

The goal reasserted by US President Barack Obama last month to cut US imports of oil by one third can be good or bad, depending on the route chosen and the reason for making the effort.

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