Editor's Perspective

Bush attempts climate-change damage control

April 18, 2008 The climate-change proposal by US President George W. Bush deserves credit for damage control.

Study: Biofuels impeding struggle against poverty

April 11, 2008 Burning food for fuel is hurting hungry people.

Market hostility a factor in global economic tremors

April 4, 2008 For global investors, turmoil in credit markets and economic deceleration aren't the only causes for worry.

Climate bill seen raising gas use, lowering supply

March 21, 2008 Climate-change legislation in the US Senate would boost demand for natural gas while limiting supply, according to analyses by two industry groups.

EPA, Congress share blame for high fuel prices

March 14, 2008 Congressional oil-price inquisitions target the wrong people. Government officials, not oil-company executives, should have to answer for zooming prices.

OPEC blames rising crude oil prices on US 'mismanagement'

March 7, 2008 The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries drew first blood in a spat with US President George W. Bush.

Crude topped $100/bbl in February

March 3, 2008 Traders pushed crude prices well above $100/bbl in late February, turning from equities to commodities as a haven for investments.

House energy bill an exercise in childishness

February 29, 2008 Kicking oil companies in the shins is not energy policy. It's childishness.

CBO: CO2 tax the best move on climate change

February 22, 2008 The Congressional Budget Office is right to favor a tax on carbon dioxide over other possible US responses to climate change. But it omits an important reason.

Congress offers bad reasons for bad energy bill

February 15, 2008 Doing good things for good reasons is best; good things for bad reasons, lucky; bad things for good reasons, wrong; and bad things for bad reasons, stupid.

Energy in need of politically popular change

February 8, 2008 A political campaign with "change" as a rallying call should be good for energy policy in the US. But don't count on anything.

Like energy bill, stimulus package misses the target

February 1, 2008 The economic stimulus initiative pushing its way through the US Congress has much in common with last year's energy bill. It's superficial and insufficient, probably harmful.

Societe Generale mess a reminder of trading perils

January 25, 2008 The unfolding Jerome Kerviel drama says much about cap-and-trade remedies for climate change.

Request for more oil highlights US contradictions

January 18, 2008 These thoughts might have occurred to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah when US President George W. Bush, during a visit to the desert kingdom, requested an increase in oil production.

Import arguments backfire against US oil producers

January 11, 2008 Arguments aimed at cutting US oil imports do producers more harm than good in Washington, DC. The industry should try a different approach.

Candidates test limits of unruly energy utterance

January 4, 2008 On energy, US Democratic presidential hopefuls are testing the limits of unruly utterance.

Report redraws global warming caricatures

December 21, 2007 The global-warming discussion long ago fell victim to a style of politics in which one side turns the opposition into a self-debunking caricature.

Some dislike oil companies; some just dislike oil

December 15, 2007 While battling recently against misguided energy legislation, a veteran oil and gas industry representative observed, "They're trying to put us out of business."

New House bill highlights US energy instability

December 7, 2007 When US lawmakers fret about energy supply from unstable regimes, they should look closely at themselves.

Studies won't fix unintended consequences

November 30, 2007 What does a government do when unintended consequences highlight its mistakes? It conducts a study.
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