Editor's Perspective

US climate spurt must be serious; it has toolkits

April 10, 2015

Programs stuffed with sweeping actions imply the existence of sweeping problems—sometimes falsely.

In Texas, the mood about jobs is not all that’s blue

April 2, 2015

To a loyal resident, the only time Texas looks better in the rearview mirror is when oil prices have crashed.

Yemen: Geopolitics by proxy or more chronic civil war?

March 30, 2015

Do collapse of Yemen’s government and air strikes led by Saudi Arabia reflect geopolitics by proxy or chronic civil war?

US drilling slump a tough start to market correction

March 20, 2015

Two changes essential to reversal of a sagging oil market are coming into view: Supply expectations are falling, while demand looks—well, at least stronger than it did a few months ago.

Political disputes, insecurity stymie Lebanese bid round

March 13, 2015

For a promising natural gas resource off Lebanon, the only reportable discoveries are of ways to defer exploration.

Higher Iranian oil flow requires more than sanctions’ end

March 6, 2015

Relaxation of sanctions squeezing Iran is just one among several dubious steps necessary if the Islamic Republic is to come close to meeting aggressive targets for oil production.

Speaker suggests how Russian regime change might occur

February 27, 2015

Speculative details about regime change in Russia have emerged from an especially interesting source.

Chevron wins again in Ecuador case as moneyman recants

February 23, 2015

With another triumph in its long battle against litigious gold-digging involving Ecuador, Chevron Corp. again demonstrates the goodness of corporate resolve.

Oil forecasts need a new asterisk for supply instability

February 13, 2015

Do projections of worldwide oil supply need another asterisk?

EPA offers new, twisted excuse to stall Keystone XL

February 5, 2015

Anyone puzzled by the delay in approval of the Keystone XL pipeline border crossing—running 6 years now, and counting—should read the Obama administration’s latest rationale.

After Keystone nod, Congress should okay ANWR leasing

January 30, 2015

Now that it has passed legislation supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, Congress should approve oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain in Alaska.

Data refute Lew’s claims about taxes paid by producers

January 23, 2015

On the subject of taxation, administration officials count on the public to believe anything.

Market watchers’ adjustments offer hints of recovery

January 16, 2015

Because markets look ahead, changes in standard forecasts offer potentially important signals during storms such as the one now pummeling the oil and gas industry.

Study probes link between US dollar’s value and oil price

January 9, 2015

While the US dollar’s value against other currencies influences the price of oil, the relationship is complicated.

Condensate export status a problem with easy solution

January 2, 2015

Some perplexing problems have simple solutions. A problem perplexing US producers and regulators is the status of condensate relative to the longstanding ban on exporting crude oil.

For the US economy, a falling oil price has drawbacks, too

December 19, 2014

Cheer in the US about an economic lift from falling oil prices needs qualification.

Can ersatz meat ease climate heat on fossil energy?

December 12, 2014

Human food from animals might represent a stronger lever for climate-change mitigation than was indicated by a study reported here last week.

Study: To cool climate, eat less meat, milk

December 5, 2014

Meeting stated goals for Earth’s climate requires not only using pricey energy but also spurning animal protein.

OPEC was destined not to cut output in Vienna meeting

November 26, 2014

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was destined not to cut production to defend the price of crude at its ministerial meeting Nov. 27 in Vienna, which had not occurred when this was written.

EPA will set RFS requirements for this year next year

November 21, 2014

How bad does regulation of the Renewable Fuel Standard have to become before the US Congress ends a program broken beyond repair?

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