Editor's Perspective

GROUPS FIGHT ATTEMPT TO SNEAK KYOTO INTO EFFECT

May 25, 2001 A group of US trade associations has launched a righteous counteroffensive against a stealthy attempt to implement the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

A CLEAR MESSAGE ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S ELECTRICITY CRISIS

June 1, 2001 Politics and blame-dodging obscure lessons that should be clear about California's electricity crisis.

US SHOULD NOT EXTEND IRAN-LIBYA SANCTIONS ACT

June 8, 2001 The governments of Iran and Libya are international menaces. Most other governments agree about that but not about how to respond.

LAWMAKERS, FERC SET TO UNLEASH PRICE CONTROLS

June 15, 2001 The dike broke this week. Energy price controls are back.

FORMS OF EXPRESSION, FROM THE BOTTOM UP

June 22, 2001 Freedom of people to express their opinions and ideas is something to cherish and defend. Freedom of people to choose their method of expression deserves equivalent status. So does the freedom of people to choose which opinions and ideas, among all that come their way, to take seriously and which to dismiss for lack of merit.

RAISING THE PRICE OF CORN WITH ETHANOL SUBSIDY

June 29, 2001 Just about everything anyone needs to know about the politics of fuel ethanol appears in this statement by Marlys Popma, executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa, as quoted recently in the New York Times:"Ethanol is just hugely important in Iowa because it drives up of the price of corn."

PROGRESS IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST CORRUPTION

July 6, 2001 Competition is the lifeblood of commerce. Commerce is the lifeblood of economic development. Economic development is the lifeblood of human progress.

CALIFORNIA MOVES TO CRIMINALIZE ENERGY PRODUCTION

July 13, 2001 If a government outlaws business behavior, business subject to its laws will go away.

ONLY IN THE EU IS SUB-50% APPROVAL A POWER BASE

July 20, 2001 In a democracy, 50% support doesn't give leadership much clout.

FALSE CHOICES IN US ENERGY POLICY-MAKING

July 27, 2001 Somebody from Washington, DC, has been making sense about US energy policy-making-as opposed to policy-recently. Of all people, it's the secretary of Energy.

HOUSE APPROVED ANWR LEASING, NOT DRILLING

August 6, 2001 The US House of Representatives did not - as has so widely been reported - approve drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain this week.

GROUP AIMS TO PROVE REPUBLICANS CARE ABOUT ENVIRONMENT

August 10, 2001 That environmental politics in the US has degenerated into a righteousness contest is made clear by a group festering in the Republican Party.

WASHINGTON BRACES FOR GLOBALIZATION GRUMPS

August 17, 2001 Every organization has its grumps: complainers richly articulate about group imperfection but sketchy on the subject of reasonable alternatives.

BUDGET PANIC CLOUDS ENERGY POLICY OUTLOOK

August 24, 2001 News of a shrinking federal budget has touched off a ridiculous round of hysteria in the US that could hurt producers of oil and natural gas.

GOV. BROWNOUT FOLLOWS FOOTSTEPS OF GOV. MOONBEAM

August 31, 2001 California Gov. Gray Davis seems determined to follow a predecessor and fellow Democrat, Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr., into moonbeam oblivion.

CAN THE ENVIRONMENT SURVIVE ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS?

September 7, 2001 Among the world's most challenging environmental problems is the deplorable state of political discussion about environmental issues.

WHAT THE TERRORISTS ARE AND ARE NOT

September 14, 2001 At this writing, no one yet knew who commandeered four airliners loaded with passenters on Sept. 11 and crashed them into both of the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

A TROUBLING INSTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTALIST OPPORTUNISM

September 21, 2001 With troubling opportunism, the president of the National Resources Defense Council is using the Sept. 11 terrorist bombings to promote a senseless political agenda.

IS BIG GOVERNMENT BACK?

September 28, 2001 Federal spending following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 has inspired a few commentators to wonder whether big government is back.

SECURITY ALERT: BAD REGULATION SABOTAGING REFINERIES

October 5, 2001 Fear of terrorist attack has brought new attention to the security of US refineries and pipelines.
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