Editor's Perspective

NEW POLITICAL FORCE SPROUTS IN BAGHDAD: SATELLITE TV

May 30, 2003 As a visible sign of change in Iraq, the Apr. 9 toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in central Baghdad is hard to beat. But something new comes close.

LAWYERS TARGET CO2 AS AIR POLLUTANT; WHY NOT WATER?

June 13, 2003 A lawsuit by state lawyers from three East Coast states focuses overdue attention on an insidious effort to categorize carbon dioxide as an air pollutant.

PIVOTAL MOMENT APPROACHES FOR US-IRANIAN RELATIONS

June 20, 2003 For better or worse, relations between the US and Iran—such as they are—soon will change. The approach of a pivotal moment gives the US reason to ponder a world in which it and this vitally important, strategically located supplier of oil and gas managed to get along.

PROSECUTION SHOULD PROCEED IN KAZAKH BRIBERY SCANDAL

June 27, 2003 The bribery scandal over oil deals in Kazakhstan gives international companies plenty to worry about.

INSURANCE ANALOGY FAILS AS ARGUMENT FOR WARMING PRECAUTION

July 3, 2003 A quaint argument now circulating for global-warming preventives creates an analogy with insurance.

Good times ahead for us refiners investing to survive

July 11, 2003 Good times lie ahead for US refiners. But there's a catch: Only survivors will enjoy them.

Who cares who knew what about Iraq and Niger?

July 18, 2003 Given the challenge of rebuilding Iraq and helping the fractured country establish self-governance, who needs controversy over a presidential remark about uranium from Niger?

KILLINGS OF SADDAM'S SONS CLARIFY WORK REMAINING IN IRAQ

July 25, 2003 Forces resistant to revival of Iraqi oil exports took three major casualties during the week of July 21.

THERE'S NO FUTURE FOR A FUTURES MARKET IN TERRORISM

August 3, 2003 If trading in terrorist attacks, assassinations, and coups typifies creativity at work within the US government on security, Americans should be, well, terrified.

BLM takes step to improve access to federal land

August 8, 2003 The Bureau of Land Management has taken an important step toward debottlenecking US energy supply.

Will California send Schwarzenegger on quest for bail-out?

August 15, 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger could be the best thing to happen to California since Enron Corp.

Climate change needs more science, less salesmanship

August 22, 2003 From the politics by which the US Senate passed comprehensive energy legislation this month, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) extracted the promise of a vote on a climate-change bill they sponsor.

Uproar over NSR clarification looks like opportunism

September 5, 2003 To hear environmentalists and their friends in Congress tell it, clarification by the Environmental Protection Agency of confusing emission regulations will devastate US air quality.

Industry expertise crucial to energy policy-making

September 12, 2003 Among disclosures in an August General Accounting Office report on the making of Bush administration energy policy, meetings between federal officials and representatives of the energy industry should be the least controversial.

Saudi-Russian maneuvering links politics, commerce

September 19, 2003 To decode recent maneuvering in the upper strata of petroleum politics, start here: The two American companies rumored to be preparing rival bids for a chunk of soon-to-merge Russian giants OAO Yukos and OAO Sibneft are paired-up former partners of the old Arabian-American Oil Co. (Aramco).

Saudi outlet crucial to future exports of iraqi oil

September 26, 2003 Saudi Arabia holds immense but largely overlooked influence over the future of oil exports, now severely bottlenecked, from Iraq.

Gas supply crunch in us moderates hope for hydrogen

October 3, 2003 Amid all the recent talk in Washington, DC, about natural gas, did anyone notice crust forming around the other fuel of the future? That, of course, would be hydrogen.

California needs new approach to OCS leasing, too

October 10, 2003 California has a $38 billion public deficit, an economy weakened by companies fleeing excessive regulation and social mandates, and a highly taxed population understandably reluctant to surrender more of their wealth to the state.

Vote against OCS inventory subverts US energy policy

October 17, 2003 Can there be any indication clearer than voluntary ignorance that Congress is misguided on energy policy?

Senate flubs chance to give legal system needed repair

October 24, 2003 The US Senate has passed up a chance to remove a heavy and growing burden from the economy.
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