Editor's Perspective

Iranian election smacks of strategy familiar in West

May 31, 2013

The approach of Iran’s presidential election brings to mind a managerial strategy routinely employed in the West known as “buy-in.”

Russia to increase exports to China in strategic shift

May 24, 2013

In a change of market strategy with geopolitical implications, Russia is increasing exports of crude oil to China at the expense of other Pacific Basin importers.

US should repeal its antique ban on the export of crude

May 17, 2013

Sooner or later, the US government must allow general export of crude oil. Sooner would be better than later.

UK shale slowdown linked to flawed debate on climate

May 10, 2013

“Environmentalists don’t want safer shale gas. They want no shale gas.” This statement comes out of the UK, where policies are green, energy costs high and rising, and shale potential rich but mostly untested as the government stews about hydraulic fracturing.

New study pounds carbon tax with preemptive assault

May 3, 2013

A US carbon tax has fallen subject to preemptive assault in a study released by the George C. Marshall Institute.

Tension relaxing on two fronts in important Turkey

April 26, 2013

Tension is easing on two still-dodgy fronts in a mostly stable country supremely important in the logistics and geopolitics of energy.

US Supreme Court lowers curtain on an activist stage

April 19, 2013

The international oil and gas industry escaped a legal hazard on Apr. 17 when the US Supreme Court narrowed the geographic scope of an antique law on civil infractions involving noncitizens.

Pioneer of climate alarm retires to fight fossil fuels

April 12, 2013

A pioneer of climate alarm has turned to full-time warfare against fossil energy.

Arkansas pipeline leak no reason to block Keystone XL

April 5, 2013

Environmental pressure groups responded predictably to a Mar. 29 pipeline accident in Arkansas, as one of them declared, “With stakes this high, there is no excuse for the White House to approve Keystone XL.”

Iranian reformer summoned for new run at presidency

March 28, 2013

Reemergence of an erstwhile reformer in a country resistant to reform adds an interesting note to the centrally choreographed politics of Iran.

East Mediterranean discoveries raise tension in region

March 22, 2013

Another energy bonanza, another international crossfire with hydrocarbons in the middle.

Late budget proposal will again raid the oil and gas industry

March 15, 2013

President Barack Obama is late this year with his proposal for the federal budget but made clear Mar. 15 it will contain the same raids on the oil and gas industry as its predecessors.

Price volatility is not a reason to block LNG exports

March 11, 2013

Message to opponents of US exports of LNG: Price volatility is part of the energy business. Deal with it.

Great Green Fleet lowers worry about defense budget cuts

March 1, 2013

Taking threats seriously about the security implications of automatic spending cuts would be easier if US military leaders always acted serious about security.

Oil and gas give context to meeting of Obama and Abe

February 22, 2013

Oil and gas provided thick context to a meeting at the White House Feb. 22 between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama.

President's speech resorts to fantasy on oil and prices

February 15, 2013

The state-of-the-union speech Feb. 12 smothered whispers of hope on energy policy with shrieks of delusional ambition.

Price differentials boost rail transport of blended bitumen

February 8, 2013

A surge in rail delivery of crude oil and oil products in the US last year reflects, in part, a textbook system of price leapfrog, known more formally as location arbitrage.

More gasoline price elevation due from Tier 3 regulation

February 1, 2013

A dime-a-gallon increase in the price of gasoline since mid-December has captured the attention of news media in the US, but regulations under development that could boost the price by twice that much have escaped notice.

Oil demand outlook depends more than usual on politics

January 25, 2013

Forecasts of global demand for oil, always sensitive to economic fate, weather, and geopolitical surprise, are especially fragile this year.

What’s heartless about concern for government debt?

January 18, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered a whopper in a Jan. 14 press conference during which he pressed his campaign to marginalize political opposition.

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