Editor's Perspective

Ethanol thrives on word tricks of persuasion

April 20, 2007 While ethanol claims a burgeoning share of the US fuel market, courtesy of taxpayers, a once-common name for gasoline-alcohol blends remains in relative disuse. Remember gasohol?

World Bank chief loses ground in corruption fight

April 13, 2007 To the oil and gas industry's detriment, World Bank Pres. Paul Wolfowitz has sustained a blow likely to destroy his effectiveness in a crucial fight.

Global warming melts separation of power in US

April 6, 2007 The US Supreme Court has taken one side in a political issue of the type that the Constitution seems at pains to reserve for other branches of government.

Hostage crisis highlights roles in geopolitics

March 30, 2007 While it's difficult to predict how the new Iranian hostage crisis will end, responses by other countries say much about modern geopolitics.

Busy with gotcha games, Congress ignores energy

March 23, 2007 The best hope for US energy policy these days is embodied in Alberto Gonzales, Valerie Plame, and Al Gore.

Stop the press: Scientists doubt Gore's alarms

March 16, 2007 It's newsworthy when the mainstream press takes notice of unfrenzied approaches to climate change.

Political culture mangles energy and ruins lives

March 9, 2007 Who in the oil and gas industry has never marveled at the ability of high-voltage politics in Washington, DC, to mangle energy issues?

Late? Feel good; you might be saving energy

March 2, 2007 If you're late for an appointment Mar. 12, blame Congress, but feel good about yourself. You might be—cue the violins—saving energy.

Want lower oil imports? Expand federal leasing

February 23, 2007 The White House, Senate, and House of Representatives all want to reduce US dependency on foreign oil—in the most expensive ways possible.

Would politicians let Big Oil wed Little Biofuels?

February 16, 2007 Because of how they're measured, biofuel operations can seem bigger than they are.

Fossil fuel days are over, Turner informs Houston

February 9, 2007 When an oil company executive comments on energy trends, television people discount the observations on the basis of vested interest. A television executive, however, lugs around no such baggage.

ENERGY BILL TRIES TO ANNUL QUESTION ON ROYALTY RELIEF

February 2, 2007 The energy bill passed by the House Jan. 18 tries to annul a question at the core of the year-long, price-threshold controversy about deepwater royalty relief.

Identical forces move prices of oil and oranges

January 19, 2007 The price of oranges is about to triple in the US, and nobody's complaining.

Europe pressing failed approach to global warming

January 12, 2007 In the battle over what to do about global warming, alarmists are trouncing deniers.

Corruption fight should target government excess

January 5, 2007 Democrats deserve applause for making ethics reform the first legislative thrust of the 110th Congress. But their crackdown doesn't address the core problem.

Congress seethes about the wrong OCS money issue

December 8, 2006 If Congress really cared about government OCS receipts it would allow more leasing of the OCS.

An open letter to the noble Iranian people

December 1, 2006 Noble Iranians, Because your president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, took the trouble to write a letter to US citizens—"noble Americans," in his words—a reciprocal gesture, albeit from a lesser office, seems appropriate.

OCS plan letter appeals to law, national interest

November 24, 2006 US oil and gas producers and contractors have resorted to basics in their efforts to expand leasing of federal land offshore. They're appealing to law and national interest.

Energy represents a belief test for new party leaders

November 17, 2006 Political-party leadership choices portend much about energy issues in the 110th Congress. In turn, energy choices will say much about what the parties believe.

Republicans let federal subsidy programs multiply

November 10, 2006 Part of the reason the Republican Party lost control of Congress on Nov. 7 is that too many of its incumbents abandoned their principles.
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