Editor's Perspective

Elements of oil price relief are falling into place*

June 6, 2008 Except for that pesky asterisk, elements of relief from painfully high oil prices are falling into place.

Latest oil-price investigation targets traders

May 30, 2008 Oil and gas companies have reason to welcome but be wary of the latest report of an oil-price investigation.

Yes, the world's running out of oil; what's new?

May 23, 2008 The oil market seems to have panicked over the possibility that the end of oil availability has come into view.

Why suspension of SPR price can lower oil prices

May 16, 2008 Adult supervision has arrived. The Department of Energy on May 16 announced it is suspending by as much as 13 million bbl this year's acquisition of crude for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Intensity rising in the politics of energy villainy

May 9, 2008 If something goes wrong with energy—meaning gasoline prices rise—politicians identify villains and heroically flail away.

Farm interests strain facts to defend ethanol

May 2, 2008 Farm interests will say anything to protect the magic money machine that the US government has built for them with fuel ethanol.

Energy politics warps analysis of oil markets

April 25, 2008 Deception in service to energy politics is standard practice in the US Congress.

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.
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