Editor's Perspective

Questions remain in FDA’s attack on antibacterial soap

January 10, 2014

Just to be safe, a person might think it prudent to quit using antibacterial soap.

Why not apply logic of the light bulb to whales on wheels?

January 3, 2014

To the looming unavailability in the US of incandescent light bulbs, responders logically cluster into four categories.

European gas drama active with moves in Ukraine, Azerbaijan

December 20, 2013

The eternal drama about natural gas for Europe from suppliers to the east played on multiple stages the week of Dec. 16.

Quiet budget deal shows Washington still can govern

December 13, 2013

The budget compromise fashioned quietly by politically opposed House and Senate leaders could have meant trouble for the US oil and gas industry.

Defenders of RFS resort to populist smear of ‘Big Oil’

December 6, 2013

You know defenders of the indefensible have nothing left when they resort to populist smear.

Iranian nuclear deal raises questions about what follows

December 2, 2013

While signing a tentative agreement to moderate nuclear development hardly makes Iran a beacon of geopolitical goodwill, speculation is hard to resist.

Reform targets tax measures vital to producers, refiners

November 22, 2013

The chairman of the US Senate Committee on Finance proposes generally righteous tax reform that would specifically hurt oil and gas producers and refiners.

Study for Canada questions European move against bitumen

November 15, 2013

The Canadian government is attacking assumptions driving a European plan to discourage the use of fuels made from bitumen.

Gas market forces pushing Europe back toward Russia

November 8, 2013

An energy-cost squeeze might coax Europe back toward the supplier of natural gas from which it has been trying to turn away.

Cash for clunkers: high-cost chase of high-minded goals

November 1, 2013

A furious controversy over stumbling health-care law provides useful context for assessment of an earlier meddling by the US government in economic behavior.

Censure would greet conservative using Al Gore’s tactics

October 25, 2013

A political conservative leveraging shrill argumentation on a judgmental view of substance abusers would be censured for insensitivity.

Oil sands transport options advance on two political fronts

October 18, 2013

Political forces are aligning in Canada toward a vital debottlenecking of the oil sands.

Costs of electricity challenge a leader in renewable energy

October 11, 2013

A country eager to develop renewable energy can accommodate ambition to economics without abandoning its environmental principles. Sometimes, suggests a study by IHS, moderation is enough.

US brinksmanship with economy must not become routine

October 4, 2013

One of many dangers in all-or-nothing politics is that brinksmanship with the national economy might start to feel routine. Repetition can have that effect.

Icy US relations with Iran still far from thawing

September 27, 2013

With the US and Iran, warmth does not mean thaw.

EPA power plant move a reason for refiners to worry

September 20, 2013

If the electricity-generation business was destined to build few coal-fired units anyway, why does the US need a regulation ensuring that outcome?

A bipartisan energy snowball rolls again in the US Senate

September 13, 2013

Another time Congress resorted to bipartisanship to make energy law, the US recommitted itself to fuel selection by politics instead of markets and created problems now becoming crises.

Avoiding energy opportunity seen as choosing not to grow

September 6, 2013

Grasp two principles, says Lucian Pugliaresi, and “you will exceed the combined wisdom of Congress and the last four administrations.”

Brookings analysts suggest DOE tweak LNG export policy

August 30, 2013

Policy in the US for LNG exports remains a work in progress.

Antitrust gambit shows why biofuel mandates must end

August 26, 2013

With a ludicrous antitrust initiative, US senators from Iowa and Minnesota show why the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) needs repeal instead of repair.

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