Editor's Perspective

Confusion evident in blast at OPEC about production

November 3, 2006 It has long been a mystery how the US Congress can so consistently wander astray on oil and gas. Now we know. Guidance on the subject comes from the Joint Economic Committee.

California oil tax would fund energy spending

October 20, 2006 "Senseless" half describes a ballot initiative on which Californians will vote in November calling for a tax on oil to pay for state-sponsored energy.

Shtokman surprise a reminder of BTC pipeline rebuke

October 13, 2006 Russia's Oct. 9 turnabout on development of Shtokman gas and condensate field in the Barents Sea shows that the sword of pipeline politics has two edges.

Who said crude wouldn't drop below $60/bbl?

October 6, 2006 Suddenly, instead of asking how high the crude price might go, people are wondering about the bottom.

Where's the money worry in US bans on OCS leasing?

September 29, 2006 The US Congress deserves credit for its concern about those federal offshore oil and gas leases that lack price thresholds for deepwater royalty relief.

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.
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