Editor's Perspective

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.

Iraqi crisis shows factional strife trumps nationalism

June 20, 2014

Continuation of disruption to Iraq underscores how readily observers in the West underestimate factionalism, in its various dimensions, as a force in the Middle East.

Blitz of Iraq puts new focus on Saudi output decisions

June 13, 2014

The jihadist blitz of Iraq should quash whatever misapprehension remains that production growth in North America greatly lowers the importance of the Persian Gulf to oil markets.

Extreme agenda shaped emissions proposal by EPA

June 6, 2014

Architects of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants have no intention of stopping with coal.

Misconceptions feed reluctance to allow export of US crude

May 30, 2014

Three misconceptions make US officials reluctant to allow the export of crude oil.

Political-spending hypocrisy masks big policy questions

May 23, 2014

In high-level fights over political spending, more is at stake for the oil and gas industry than tiresome hypocrisy.

EPA proposal due soon might reshape US power generation

May 16, 2014

About all anyone outside the US Environmental Protection Agency knows about proposed rules due soon that might restructure power generation in America is that they’ll arrive on time.

In official assault on fossil energy, tactics vary by fuel

May 9, 2014

An Executive Branch campaign against fossil energy applies different tactics to specific fuels.

Regulation explains sickly GDP numbers better than weather

May 2, 2014

Another quarter, another storm of regulation. Another storm of regulation, another quarter of economic drift.

Energy folly helped push Ontario into ‘have-not’ status

April 25, 2014

Economic wounds self-inflicted in service to energy fashion have helped push Canada toward uncharacteristic instability.

A moralist’s energy transition: from security to climate

April 17, 2014

From a master of high-minded muddle-headedness on energy comes, well, more high-minded muddle-headedness on energy.

Need for still more reform awaits winner of Indian elections

April 11, 2014

A question larger than who wins elections in the world’s fourth-ranked oil-consuming country is how much difference the outcome might make.

Exchange in Senate committee displays energy misconception

April 4, 2014

Misconception common in US government decision-making about energy received full exposure Apr. 3 in the Senate Finance Committee.

Report offers lens for viewing IPCC’s new climate reports

March 28, 2014

As the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change takes shape, observers might crave a simple way to make sense of the findings.

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