Editor's Perspective

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.

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.

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