Editor's Perspective

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.

AUTOMAKER'S OIL TIRADE IGNORES PAST TWO DECADES

April 14, 2006 From the automaker that uses gratuitous judgment to sell cars comes a tirade against oil companies.

TAX TIME REMINDS AMERICANS ABOUT GOVERNMENT'S COST

April 7, 2006 At this time of year more than any other, Americans feel the costs of government.

COSTLY ENERGY CHOICES DON'T BOOST SECURITY

March 31, 2006 The pursuit of fantasy does nothing for national security.

VEHICLE TRENDS SUSTAIN EUROPE'S SHIFT TO DIESEL

March 24, 2006 Diesel's strengthening domination of the European fuel market is a well-established trend quite likely to continue.

SENATOR GRUBS FOR VOTES BY TRASHING OIL

March 17, 2006 In the old days they kissed babies. Now they scold oil companies.

SELLING GASOLINE WITH BIG ETHANOL SURE TO BE A TEST

March 10, 2006 US refiners and marketers should get used to this kind of thing: "Big Oil is talking out of both sides of their mouth, but the words coming out of both sides say 'higher prices.'"

FUEL PRICE CRUNCH FIX: LIFT ETHANOL TARIFF AND CREDIT

March 3, 2006 Despite rapid growth, US capacity to produce fuel ethanol from grain faces a crunch this year.

ATTACK AT ABQAIQ FITS POST-IRAQ JIHADIST THINKING

February 24, 2006 The foiled terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia Feb. 24 offers a probably unnecessary reminder that the militant form of Islamic jihad has multiple targets.

DEEPWATER ROYALTY RELIEF 'GIVEAWAY' NEEDS PERSPECTIVE

February 17, 2006 The New York Times did arithmetic, so Congress holds a hearing.

OCS INVENTORY SHOWS COSTS OF LEASING AVERSION

February 10, 2006 Opponents of federal oil and gas leasing off the US resisted the part of last year's energy bill that called for a resource inventory of the Outer Continental Shelf. Their concern was justified.
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