Editor's Perspective

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.

Historic mistakes should guide US on LNG exports

January 11, 2013

Political opposition to LNG exports by the US brings to mind monumental energy mistakes of the past.

Ailing Chavez should put oil market on alert

January 4, 2013

The oil market faces new instability as the Jan. 10 inauguration approaches of newly reelected but apparently ailing President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

High energy costs will be legacy of retiring EPA chief

December 28, 2012

The regulatory activism for which Lisa P. Jackson long will be remembered hit full stride in her first year as administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Weak articulation of fiscal belief hurts Republicans

December 14, 2012

Failure to articulate core belief lost the Republican Party a presidential election last month and now disarms it on fiscal policy.

In growing global market for energy, coal still dominates

December 7, 2012

A surge in natural gas production in North America and regulatory assaults in the US can give the impression that coal’s future is grim. Not so, says Energy-Facts.org.

US needs defense against military biofuel adventures

November 30, 2012

The US Senate has shirked fiscal responsibility by supporting biofuel boondoggles by the military.

Iterative approach to regulation a pattern for EPA

November 26, 2012

Continuing its iterative approach to regulation, the US Environmental Protection Agency is looking anew at air-emission standards rejected in court.

Bipartisan bills shield US airlines from EU GHG scheme

November 16, 2012

Nothing inspires US bipartisanship quite like coercion from abroad.

Regulatory siege continues for oil and gas industry

November 9, 2012

Four more years for US President Barack Obama means 4 more years of regulatory siege on the oil and gas industry.

SEC's antibribery rule moves backward on transparency

November 2, 2012

A killer fallacy of regulation is the assumption that if some is good more must be better.

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.

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