Editor's Perspective

BP CHALLENGES LINK BETWEEN POLITICAL GIVING, INFLUENCE

March 8, 2002 BP has the right idea about throwing money at politics.

SOFT MOVE ON CAFE STANDARDS GOOD FOR INDIVIDUAL CHOICE

March 15, 2002 Disparaged as a victory for auto-industry lobbyists, congressional rejection of a plan to tighten fuel-economy standards for US motor vehicles represents a triumph for individual choice.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM HOLDS PROMISE FOR INDUSTRY

March 22, 2002 Campaign finance reform approved by Congress on March 20 is no disaster for the US oil and gas industry.

RETALIATION BEGINS TO US TARIFFS ON IMPORTED STEEL

March 28, 2002 Will there be a trade war? Probably not. But imposition of protective steel tariffs as high as 30% by the US...

OIL EXPORTERS SHRUG OFF IRAQI CALL FOR EMBARGO

April 5, 2002 A panicky spurt in the price of crude oil this week showed how widespread remains the fear of a politically inspired embargo on oil exports from the Middle East.

ENRON INQUISITION BRINGS OUT WORST IN POLITICIANS

April 12, 2002 Enron Corp. brought out the worst in parts of its talented work force. Now it's bringing out the worst in congressional politicians.

GASOLINE SUBSIDY: VENEZUELA'S OVERLOOKED ECONOMIC PROBLEM

April 19, 2002 Analysis of this month's failed rebellion in Venezuela should include an important piece of information that too frequently is overlooked.

UK NORTH SEA HIT BY NEW TAX, NEW UNCERTAINTY

April 26, 2002 The worst thing about the UK government's new supplementary tax on North Sea oil and gas profits is what business people hate most: uncertainty.

MARKET ANSWERS ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT GASOLINE PRICES

May 3, 2002 Regulation in the US has raised the cost of making gasoline. It has created distribution bottlenecks. It has necessitated new seasonal turnover of inventory.

OFFICIALS ACTING FOR SAKE OF ACTION OVER OZONE

May 10, 2002 Official heavy-handedness is usurping already-suspect environmental regulation in Texas.

PROSECUTING TRADERS WON'T FIX CALIFORNIA'S ENERGY MARKET

May 17, 2002 Newly disclosed practices by energy traders in California look fishy indeed. But they didn't cause the state's power crisis of 2000-01, as Gov. Gray Davis and assorted congresspersons want everyone to believe.

WHO BELIEVES WHAT ABOUT ENERGY PRICES, TERRORISM WARNINGS?

May 24, 2002 Preparing for terrorist attack is like forecasting oil and gas prices. Receptivity of the audience is as important as the message.

MEMORIAL DAY A HO-HUM HOLIDAY FOR GASOLINE PRICES

June 7, 2002 Just for the record, there was a holiday in the US at the end of May, and gasoline prices didn't jump.

NSR CONTROVERSY SAYS MUCH ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS

June 14, 2002 The US Environmental Protection Agency wants to fix regulations that discourage refiners from changing plants to meet demand for fuels required by air-quality programs.

STRATOSPHERIC PAY FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVES UNDER NEW SCRUTINY

June 21, 2002 Toppled companies and disclosures of book-cooking have intensified scrutiny of the often stratospheric compensation of corporate chief executives.

CORPORATE SCANDALS RELATE TO ETHICS, NOT DEREGULATION

June 28, 2002 It's the Republicans' fault, say Democratic leaders of recent corporate scandals.

BUSH TEAM RESISTS TWO OF THREE BIG ENERGY MISTAKES

July 5, 2002 The administration of US President George W. Bush has objected to two of the three most obnoxious provisions of energy legislation under consideration by a House-Senate conference committee.

TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS UNDER ASSAULT IN CALIFORNIA

July 12, 2002 From the land of the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) soon will come further sacrifice of transportation economics to environmentalist fancy.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES PROPER FOR ACTS OF CORPORATE FRAUD

July 19, 2002 Most political feeding frenzies in the US Congress are repulsive. The one under way over corporate governance is an exception.

ENVIRONMENTALISM WEAKENED BY SCHISM OF MOTIVE

July 26, 2002 Environmentalism is tripping over its own obstructionist tendencies.
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