Editor's Perspective

ENERGY POLITICS WON'T RESOLVE PEAK-OIL ISSUE

December 9, 2005 When science converges with politics, anything can happen. For that reason, congressional hearings on the peak-oil question are cause for worry.

WASHINGTON PLAYS GOTCHA WITH OIL COMPANY EXECS

December 2, 2005 Gotcha. It's a game they play in Washington, DC.

OPEC PRODUCTION CAPACITY RISING, IEA REPORT SAYS

November 25, 2005 While a vigorous debate proceeds among specialists about how much petroleum the world has left to produce, the number of greatest immediate importance is production capacity.

SIMPLE QUESTIONS CAN CALL OFF HUNTS FOR SMOKING GUNS

November 18, 2005 In the matter of smoking guns, great wariness is in order. The hunt for them, including one having to do with oil, makes US politics goofy.

OIL-PRICE HEARING A DARK MOMENT FOR FREE-MARKET PARTY

November 11, 2005 It was good to see, in this week's congressional inquisition of oil company executives, that Republicans still have among them someone willing to defend markets.

ALL PERSPECTIVES CAN'T BE RIGHT ON OIL, GAS PRICES

November 4, 2005 Three interesting perspectives on prices of oil and natural gas are crisscrossing through the news.

ON ENERGY, US NEEDS LEADERSHIP, NOT DEMAGOGUERY

October 28, 2005 Extraordinarily high profits by oil and gas companies occur rarely and never last long. Energy mistakes by Congress happen frequently and hurt the US for years.

HOUSE PASSES HALF A GESTURE ON US REFINING

October 14, 2005 Gestures don't build refineries. Half-gestures build even fewer of them.

QUESTION FOR DOE: DOES ENERGY HOG GET SUV DEDUCTION?

October 7, 2005 With good reason and constructive intent, the US government has deployed all the energy-saving persuasion at its disposal.

HURRICANES SHOW OIL MARKET ISN'T JUST ABOUT CRUDE

September 23, 2005 As the second massive hurricane in less than a month plows across producing areas of the Gulf of Mexico and pulls within hours of major US refining centers, the need to adjust thinking about the oil market deserves notice.

INDUSTRY SHOULD COORDINATE ITS KATRINA RELIEF

September 16, 2005 If industry profits in a supply emergency must become a political issue then industry spending on emergency responses deserves attention, too.

US HAS SURPLUS OF EXPERTS ON OIL BUSINESS

September 9, 2005 Suddenly, the US teems with experts on the oil and gas business.

'GOUGING' ANXIETY IS JUST OUTRAGE OVER ARITHMETIC

September 2, 2005 The problem with assumptions about gasoline price gouging is obsession over price to the exclusion of sales volume.

HELP IS AT HAND FOR SERVICE HURT BY GASOLINE COST

August 27, 2005 Fuel costs must be crushing the services that mow grass, edge sidewalks, and trim bushes of US suburbia.

INDUSTRY THUMPED FOR INCENTIVES IN ENERGY POLICY ACT

August 12, 2005 The US oil industry is receiving a public drubbing over the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which US President George W. Bush signed into law Aug. 8.

Capital freedom will survive the Unocal door-slam

August 5, 2005 Congress growled. CNOOC Ltd. flinched. So Chevron Corp. will own Unocal Corp.

MTBE liability bomb intolerable as energy policy

July 30, 2005 Comprehensive energy legislation was an unfavorable arena in which to debate limited liability protection for makers of methyl tertiary butyl ether.

Gasoline price answers neglect elevated costs

July 22, 2005 To the question "Why are gasoline prices so high?" gushes much attention these days, not enough of it focused on an important part of the answer.

IEA: Oil supply, demand adjusting to high prices

July 15, 2005 The most difficult prediction to make about the oil market is the reversal of current trends. Most faulty forecasts trip over the temptation to believe current trends endure forever.

US EXPLANATIONS DIVERGE OVER HIGH GASOLINE PRICES

July 8, 2005 Two explanations of contrasting credibility emerged last month for why, beyond crude oil fundamentals, US gasoline prices are high.
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