Editor's Perspective

OCS plan letter appeals to law, national interest

November 24, 2006 US oil and gas producers and contractors have resorted to basics in their efforts to expand leasing of federal land offshore. They're appealing to law and national interest.

Energy represents a belief test for new party leaders

November 17, 2006 Political-party leadership choices portend much about energy issues in the 110th Congress. In turn, energy choices will say much about what the parties believe.

Republicans let federal subsidy programs multiply

November 10, 2006 Part of the reason the Republican Party lost control of Congress on Nov. 7 is that too many of its incumbents abandoned their principles.

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."


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.


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