Editor's Perspective

Freedom of Thought prizes underscore pressures in Iran

October 26, 2012

Much about the price of crude oil this year has had to do with Iran, but Iran has to do with much beyond the price of oil.

China and Germany not proper energy models for the US

October 19, 2012

In the Oct. 16 debate, US President Barack Obama clarified his energy hopes instructively.

Sales of Canadian bitumen likely on India visit agenda

October 12, 2012

Although China gets most attention as an alternative buyer of heavy oil from Alberta, Canada’s top energy official has taken a trip that deserves notice.

Fact-checkers flub debate analysis of oil industry taxes

October 5, 2012

Fact-checkers who can’t keep facts straight perform no service.

Fraud in renewable fuel marker sales was predictable

September 28, 2012

Many people never would cheat to make easy money. Regulation must account for the people who would and do.

Economies cooling in countries key to oil demand growth

September 21, 2012

The economies of two countries crucial to oil-demand growth are cooling and, in one case, might be worse than indicated by official data.

Survey respondents favor balance in energy policy goals

September 14, 2012

Believe it or not, support exists in the US for an energy policy that balances core objectives.

Obama recommits to green energy as others wisely bail

September 7, 2012

Approaches to green energy are diverging on opposing sides of the Atlantic as the incumbent US administration presses expensively forward and European governments come to their senses.

EPA fuel economy announcement notes problems with E85

August 31, 2012

The document announcing new fuel-economy standards for US cars and light trucks contains a quiet observation that shrieks about problems of renewable-fuel mandates.

Fine distinctions crucial in issues of transparency

August 24, 2012

In the era of Twitter and Facebook, with information increasingly flashy and decreasingly illuminating, fine distinctions too often yield to the blur. The oil and gas industry still must keep pressing for clarification in two issues related to transparency.

Voters will recall excesses of a push to not waste crisis

August 17, 2012

Energy represents a large piece of a gaudy policy mosaic likely to influence the US presidential election in November more than might be apparent at this stage of the race.

Old oil fits broad category with big supply potential

August 14, 2012

Although new oil is much in the news these days, old oil represents big potential.

Canada can teach the US much about growth and jobs

August 3, 2012

The US can learn much about growth and employment from the friendly neighbor it is mistreating over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Politics crimping export outlets for Alberta heavy oil

July 27, 2012

Finding a politically accommodating route to market for Alberta bitumen is becoming even more difficult than producing the abundant stuff.

Hydrogen reappears as a fuel of the day on US political menu

July 20, 2012

Has hydrogen reemerged as a fuel of the day in American politics?

Outsourcing spat shines light on jobs not created

July 13, 2012

To the oil and gas industry, a political spat over outsourcing must seem especially ironic.

Oil market swing shows why analysts need the asterisk

July 6, 2012

The asterisk fixed to oil market analysis has asserted itself again. Twice.

Tax confusion dogs politics of health care and gasoline

June 29, 2012

The oil and gas industry can relate to confusion over what constitutes a tax, which figured prominently in the historic Jule 28 decision by the US Supreme Court upholding health-care reform.

RAND study offers US military useful guidance on energy

June 22, 2012

Because its biggest energy problem is price rather than supply, the US military should concentrate on lowering consumption rather than developing renewable sources.

President promises to keep his doomed vision on energy

June 15, 2012

US President Barack Obama made clear on June 15 his determination to continue emphasizing government spending and discouraging resource development in pursuit of energy-industry jobs.

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