Editor's Perspective

Chavez employs 'fishing model' of geopolitics

September 22, 2006 Call it the live-bait fishing model of geopolitics: first the gift, then the gaff.

Reserves numbers aren't oil's only market perplexity

September 15, 2006 Numbers about the oil and gas market aren't always what they seem to be.

Cost and supply questions stalk hype on ethanol

September 8, 2006 Inflated expectations are woven into the politics of ethanol.

Contractor cites Iranian gunfire in rig dispute

September 1, 2006 Global worry about his nuclear ambitions wasn't the only issue around which Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad performed diplomatic pirouettes last month.

Bush offers more half-finished energy thoughts

August 25, 2006 An important tool of politics is the half-finished thought. US President George W. Bush deploys it masterfully when he discusses oil.

Professor links US fiscal woes, China-Unocal flap

August 18, 2006 China's unsuccessful bid for a US oil company last year bodes ominously for American fiscal health, argues Laurence J. Kotlikoff, a Boston University economics professor.

Writer explains war, terrorism in terms of chaos

August 11, 2006 War in Lebanon and plans to blow airplanes out of the sky raise a simple but difficult question: Why?

Not every missing $2 billion raises fuss in Congress

August 4, 2006 Ever vigilant where public money is concerned, congressional leaders think the US government is missing $2 billion and want to know why.

Politicians tout energy mistakes for 'our children'

July 28, 2006 It's time to post guards at the playground. Politicians are marketing energy programs with invocations to "our children."

REACTIONS IN GULF TO ISRAEL-LEBANON FLARE-UP DIVERGE

July 14, 2006 When violence escalates in and around Israel, reactions from the Persian Gulf are of course very important to oil markets.

Saudi drilling surge like '90s production hike

July 7, 2006 A surge of activity in Saudi Arabia brings to mind another impressive mobilization the kingdom undertook when the world needed its oil.

STRATEGIC STOCKS WEAKEN THREAT OF OIL EXPORT CUTS

June 23, 2006 Curtailment of oil exports lacks the leverage it once possessed in international politics.

Chinese demand not always what the numbers say

June 16, 2006 As important as it is, Chinese demand is mysterious. Reliable data don't exist.

SAUDI DEFENSE, EDUCATION KEYED TO CRUDE PRICE

June 9, 2006 Oil prices will fall. The questions are when and by how much. And, oh yes, why.

LAWMAKERS SHOULD WELCOME REPORT OF NO 'PRICE-GOUGING'

June 2, 2006 Anyone legitimately worried about high gasoline prices would welcome a federal investigation finding no evidence of "price-gouging" after Hurricane Katrina last year.

NEW BUSINESSES EMERGE FROM USE OF FOOD AS FUEL

May 26, 2006 Burning food for fuel creates interesting possibilities. In a recent issue of its Amber Waves periodical, the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service hints at some of them.

CONGRESS GETS NEW LEADER IN ENERGY SILLINESS CONTEST

May 12, 2006 US Democrats have pulled ahead of Republicans in the congressional competition for the silliest proposal for energy.

HOUSE 'GOUGING' MEASURE EXTENDS MISTAKE STREAK

May 5, 2006 Like frightened minnows skipping across a pond, US lawmakers flit from mistake to mistake on gasoline. Consumers can't afford much more of this.

REPUBLICANS OFFER $100 TO VICTIMS OF '05 ENERGY BILL

April 28, 2006 Energy graft has come full circle in the US Congress.

LAWMAKER SUSTAINS HARMFUL MYTH WITH GRIPE ON REFINING

April 21, 2006 Watching Congress respond to rising fuel prices is painful.
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