Editor's Perspective

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?

Why rush to okay Keystone XL now? Politics, of course

November 14, 2014

From outside the US, a sudden rush to approve the Keystone XL pipeline must be puzzling. Isn’t this the project not acted upon for 6 years and counting?

Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

November 7, 2014

Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil.

Business mood dark as questions hover over UK offshore

October 31, 2014

Falling oil prices, rising costs, and looming political questions darken the business mood about the UK offshore.

Europe hikes stakes in costly quest for climate leadership

October 24, 2014

“No player in the world is as ambitious as the [European Union],” declared European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after the EU extended and toughened its targets for greenhouse-gas emissions. Are non-EU “players” supposed feel chastened by that?

EPA sets energy booby traps for the US economy

October 17, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency is setting booby traps for the economy as the last half term of the Obama presidency lumbers into view.

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