Editor's Perspective

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.

New York raises taxes but spurns big revenue hope

August 6, 2010

When clothing expenses rise later this year, New Yorkers can console themselves by quaffing unthreatened water.

Congress taking wrong approach to risk reduction

August 2, 2010

By what should be the overarching goal of political response to the Gulf of Mexico tragedy, congressional leaders are performing thoroughly.

Message on sulfur to oil industry: pay now or suffer later

July 23, 2010

The oil and gas industry has taken over the global production of sulfur but, according to sulfur specialists, mistreats the yellow material as a byproduct best disposed of and otherwise ignored.

Fraud allegation turns up heat in Lago Agrio case

July 16, 2010

Chevron Corp. has raised stakes in the legal battle it calls a “runaway farce” over environmental damage in Ecuador.

Economic spurt may not give oil use a normal push

July 9, 2010

Under normal circumstances, enlarged expectations for a recovering global economy would be good news for oil markets. But what, nowadays, is normal?

A changed market able to absorb jolt will change again

July 2, 2010

A supply scare happened in May that not so long ago would have pushed up crude oil prices by $5/bbl or more. Prices instead declined.

Offshore spill not a reason to oppose an onshore pipeline

June 25, 2010

Follow the logic: A blowout in deep water causes a massive oil spill that soils beaches, disables wildlife, and disrupts fishing and tourism; therefore, a pipeline that would carry oil produced onshore over land shouldn’t be built. Isn’t something missing here?

Defeat of Sanders energy blooper a signal to Obama

June 18, 2010

An important, mid-June test of the post-Macondo political mood favored the oil and gas industry.

Interpretation might haunt Whitehall's green transparency

June 11, 2010

A new step toward energy transparency by the UK government may become something for the government itself to regret.

Presidential power limited in blowouts and energy market

June 4, 2010

The inability to meet impossible standards is not a license for demagoguery.

Flow rate dust-up shows discomfort with imprecision

May 21, 2010

Of all the concerns raised by the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, imprecision of the flow rate should rank low on a scale of urgency.

Past discussion of BOP problems is not scandalous

May 14, 2010

A blow to credibility must not limit the oil and gas industry’s ability to discuss technical problems.

OCS leasing loses bargaining clout in politics of climate

May 7, 2010

As a bargaining tool in the politics of climate change, expansion of oil and gas leasing off the US always has raised problems.

Hate derivatives? How can you like cap-and-trade?

April 30, 2010

Political gyrations over financial and energy reform camouflage a wicked hypocrisy.

What can happen did happen in the Gulf of Mexico

April 23, 2010

The offshore oil and gas industry deals constantly with what can happen. Nearly all the time, it does so successfully. The exception is what changes everything.

Chevron elicits rebuke of '60 Minutes' smear

April 16, 2010

Chevron has scored public-relations points in its legal quagmire in Ecuador—against the television network CBS, no less.

Promises on new OCS leasing tend to be backwards

April 9, 2010

Listening to the Obama administration discuss expanded Outer Continental Shelf leasing is like looking through the wrong end of a telescope. Everything seems backwards.

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