Editor's Perspective

Kerry flubs facts in Jakarta diatribe on climate change

February 21, 2014

When a top official of the US government disparages opponents in an aggressive talk about an important subject, he ought to have his facts straight. In a Feb. 16 diatribe on climate change in Jakarta, Sec. of State John Kerry didn’t bother.

Gasoline price hike far from certain if US exports crude

February 14, 2014

Recent price history weakens an argument against easing US restriction of the export of crude oil.

Will Obama finally confront activists over Keystone XL?

February 7, 2014

Now that the US State Department has determined completion of the Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t aggravate climate change, the president logically and at last will approve the border crossing—won’t he?

Ignoring questions is wrong approach to climate change

January 31, 2014

Refusal by global-warming activists to address core issues has gone from tiresome to annoying. President Barack Obama committed the dodge in his State of the Union address on Jan. 28 when he declared, “Climate change is a fact.”

Chukchi Sea ruling a tactical win for antioil activists

January 24, 2014

A court decision jeopardizing oil and gas leases in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska represents a triumph of environmental obstructionism—but not of management of the Outer Continental Shelf.

US to keep friend in unwanted limbo over Keystone XL

January 17, 2014

Friendship with the United States, as several friends of the US are learning the hard way, doesn’t mean what it once did.

Questions remain in FDA’s attack on antibacterial soap

January 10, 2014

Just to be safe, a person might think it prudent to quit using antibacterial soap.

Why not apply logic of the light bulb to whales on wheels?

January 3, 2014

To the looming unavailability in the US of incandescent light bulbs, responders logically cluster into four categories.

European gas drama active with moves in Ukraine, Azerbaijan

December 20, 2013

The eternal drama about natural gas for Europe from suppliers to the east played on multiple stages the week of Dec. 16.

Quiet budget deal shows Washington still can govern

December 13, 2013

The budget compromise fashioned quietly by politically opposed House and Senate leaders could have meant trouble for the US oil and gas industry.

Defenders of RFS resort to populist smear of ‘Big Oil’

December 6, 2013

You know defenders of the indefensible have nothing left when they resort to populist smear.

Iranian nuclear deal raises questions about what follows

December 2, 2013

While signing a tentative agreement to moderate nuclear development hardly makes Iran a beacon of geopolitical goodwill, speculation is hard to resist.

Reform targets tax measures vital to producers, refiners

November 22, 2013

The chairman of the US Senate Committee on Finance proposes generally righteous tax reform that would specifically hurt oil and gas producers and refiners.

Study for Canada questions European move against bitumen

November 15, 2013

The Canadian government is attacking assumptions driving a European plan to discourage the use of fuels made from bitumen.

Gas market forces pushing Europe back toward Russia

November 8, 2013

An energy-cost squeeze might coax Europe back toward the supplier of natural gas from which it has been trying to turn away.

Cash for clunkers: high-cost chase of high-minded goals

November 1, 2013

A furious controversy over stumbling health-care law provides useful context for assessment of an earlier meddling by the US government in economic behavior.

Censure would greet conservative using Al Gore’s tactics

October 25, 2013

A political conservative leveraging shrill argumentation on a judgmental view of substance abusers would be censured for insensitivity.

Oil sands transport options advance on two political fronts

October 18, 2013

Political forces are aligning in Canada toward a vital debottlenecking of the oil sands.

Costs of electricity challenge a leader in renewable energy

October 11, 2013

A country eager to develop renewable energy can accommodate ambition to economics without abandoning its environmental principles. Sometimes, suggests a study by IHS, moderation is enough.

US brinksmanship with economy must not become routine

October 4, 2013

One of many dangers in all-or-nothing politics is that brinksmanship with the national economy might start to feel routine. Repetition can have that effect.

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