Editor's Perspective

Carbon offensive shifts to oil but spares natural gas

August 2, 2013

Oil is next in US President Barack Obama’s carbon offensive.

Energy regulation costs growing like those of education

July 26, 2013

What applies to university education applies just as well to frantic energy regulation.

Support for RFS stokes worry for US energy policy

July 19, 2013

Confidence does not zoom when a well-placed policymaker calls the desire to jettison broken policy short-sighted.

Iraq still insecure but still harbors huge oil resource

July 11, 2013

To a portentous question about oil markets, the answer so far is “not soon, apparently.”

Dutch report seeks new principles and practices at IPCC

July 5, 2013

A pillar of global-warming alarm has come under criticism from a country with more than most at stake.

High court rulings on pollution are not about science

June 28, 2013

The US Supreme Court’s June 24 decision not to consider a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s E15 waiver serves as a reminder that their honors have the final say, usually, on law but never on science.

Bipartisan effort forms to repeal biofuels mistake

June 24, 2013

Facing the chance to exercise bipartisan judiciousness, US lawmakers should remember that the problem with ethanol in vehicle fuel isn’t the substance but rather volumetric requirements for it.

Small pipeline leak makes big noise in Canadian politics

June 14, 2013

That a small amount of crude oil in the wrong place at the wrong time can have big political impact says more about politics than crude oil.

Phone surveillance arouses libertarian passions in the US

June 7, 2013

Outrage over the US government’s broad harvest of communications data is like antioil rhetoric from activists who drive sport-utility vehicles.

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.

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