Editor's Perspective

Costs of electricity challenge a leader in renewable energy

October 11, 2013

A country eager to develop renewable energy can accommodate ambition to economics without abandoning its environmental principles. Sometimes, suggests a study by IHS, moderation is enough.

US brinksmanship with economy must not become routine

October 4, 2013

One of many dangers in all-or-nothing politics is that brinksmanship with the national economy might start to feel routine. Repetition can have that effect.

Icy US relations with Iran still far from thawing

September 27, 2013

With the US and Iran, warmth does not mean thaw.

EPA power plant move a reason for refiners to worry

September 20, 2013

If the electricity-generation business was destined to build few coal-fired units anyway, why does the US need a regulation ensuring that outcome?

A bipartisan energy snowball rolls again in the US Senate

September 13, 2013

Another time Congress resorted to bipartisanship to make energy law, the US recommitted itself to fuel selection by politics instead of markets and created problems now becoming crises.

Avoiding energy opportunity seen as choosing not to grow

September 6, 2013

Grasp two principles, says Lucian Pugliaresi, and “you will exceed the combined wisdom of Congress and the last four administrations.”

Brookings analysts suggest DOE tweak LNG export policy

August 30, 2013

Policy in the US for LNG exports remains a work in progress.

Antitrust gambit shows why biofuel mandates must end

August 26, 2013

With a ludicrous antitrust initiative, US senators from Iowa and Minnesota show why the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) needs repeal instead of repair.

Antioil arguments too often rely on distortion

August 16, 2013

Obstructionism accommodates itself more readily to politics than to argument.

Final RFS rule a lot of trouble for little energy

August 9, 2013

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.”

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