Editor's Perspective

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.

OIL ISOLATIONISM IS NO ROUTE TO ENERGY SECURITY

February 3, 2006 Isolationism is neither sound nor achievable as a route to energy security. Yet it's the path toward which US President George W. Bush says he'll steer his country.

CONSERVATION EVIDENT IN US GASOLINE DATA

January 20, 2006 US consumers of vehicle fuel don't have to be forced into conservation. When fuel prices rise, they know what to do.

OPEC REVENUES KEY ONCE AGAIN TO OIL PRICE FORECASTS

January 13, 2006 A crucial influence on the price of crude this year will be one that all but lacked pricing significance last year.

POLITICS ASSERTS ITSELF IN DISPUTE OVER RUSSIAN GAS

January 6, 2006 In the matter of Russian gas sales to Ukraine and Europe, separating economics from politics is difficult.

GEOGRAPHIC DIVIDE ON GLOBAL WARMING RAISES QUESTION

December 30, 2005 That a geographic pattern of opinion has become part of the controversy over global warming suggests a what-if mind experiment that might be illuminating.

PROJECT KUWAIT HEADS FOR VOTE IN MID-JANUARY

December 16, 2005 While mid-December attention has focused on historic parliamentary elections in Iraq, another important vote is shaping up to the south for mid-January.

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.
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