Editor's Perspective

Saudis have reasons better than shale to let prices fall

November 7, 2014

Only by overlooking important forces in markets and politics can anyone assert that Saudi Arabia is letting crude prices fall mainly to extinguish competition from North American shale oil.

Business mood dark as questions hover over UK offshore

October 31, 2014

Falling oil prices, rising costs, and looming political questions darken the business mood about the UK offshore.

Europe hikes stakes in costly quest for climate leadership

October 24, 2014

“No player in the world is as ambitious as the [European Union],” declared European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after the EU extended and toughened its targets for greenhouse-gas emissions. Are non-EU “players” supposed feel chastened by that?

EPA sets energy booby traps for the US economy

October 17, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency is setting booby traps for the economy as the last half term of the Obama presidency lumbers into view.

Study: Energy jobs extrasensitive to oil-price changes

October 11, 2014

As oil prices fall, speculation naturally arises about winners and losers in the event a decline of the moment becomes something more severe.

Happy coincidence underlies Obama’s oil and gas boasts

October 3, 2014

American political custom allows presidents to take credit for whatever economic joy arises while they’re in office.

Abysmal discussion on climate change touches new lows

September 26, 2014

The acrimony that masquerades as discussion about climate change touched new lows before a United Nations summit on the topic in New York.

Price of gasoline important to US policy (sometimes)

September 19, 2014

The price of gasoline is important in the making of US energy policy—except when it is not.

Is air transport a health threat? EPA will decide

September 12, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency has the chance to demonstrate judgment when it decides whether air travel threatens humanity.

August jobs report shows gains as US slowly recovers

September 5, 2014

The US unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percentage point from July to August to 6.1%, level with June and down from 7.2% in August 2013. But what does that mean?

Industry a target as inversions revive talk of tax reform

August 29, 2014

New talk in the US about tax reform should make oil and gas companies nervous.

Can anyone name top agency in count of restrictive regs?

August 22, 2014

The leader in a new measure of regulatory activism is—can anyone guess?

Study links states’ economic growth to energy regulation

August 14, 2014

Judged strictly by economic efficiency, energy regulation at the state level works best in the US South and interior and worst on the West Coast and in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.

Russia hit by court claims over Yukos it likely will defy

August 8, 2014

Battered lately in the worldwide court of public opinion over its strong-arming of Ukraine, Russia last month sustained two blows in international courts over a power move 10 years earlier.

Israeli-Gazan fight forcing shifts in Mideast alliances

August 1, 2014

Around the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, regional allegiances are complex, confusing, and unconventional.

Climate testimony by EPA chief light on facts, balance

July 25, 2014

A government official proposing to overhaul energy use should ground arguments in facts and present them with balance.

Australia repeals climate sacrifice; who will be next?

July 18, 2014

European response to Australia’s abandonment of a carbon tax illuminates the impossibly narrow margin of political acceptability within which governments must work as they try to rearrange climate.

Federal land not part of the US oil output surge

July 9, 2014

If it were an oil producer, the US federal government would look much like Mexico, with output declining while adjacent areas boom.

Poll slump hints Americans weary of whining president

July 3, 2014

Ominous poll results bespeak collapse in the stature of a US president consistently hostile to oil and gas.

Gore shares stage with opponent of Aussie carbon tax

June 27, 2014

When governments meddle in energy markets, strange things happen—such as an appearance by Al Gore with a coal magnate at a press conference announcing opposition to carbon taxation.

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