Editor's Perspective

OPEC won't hike output (but will increase quotas)

June 3, 2011

Days before an unusually interesting meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, a reminder is in order. OPEC does not produce oil.

Pawlenty comes out swinging on ethanol subsidies

May 27, 2011

Tim Pawlenty has committed the cardinal sin of politicians seeking their party’s nomination for the US presidency. Hooray for Tim Pawlenty.

Does agricultural perspective warp views on energy?

May 20, 2011

Maybe the agricultural perspective keeps politicians and reporters in parts of the US from understanding energy.

'Subsidy' tax ploy hurts credibility of politicos pushing it

May 13, 2011

Effective democratic governance depends on the quality of discourse, which plunges when elected officials jettison truth to pursue political aims.

Budget politics to create gap in US reserves data

May 6, 2011

The decision to skip a year’s worth of US reserves estimates recalls long-ago arguments about the superiority of government data over supposedly tainted numbers from the oil and gas industry.

Hydrogen reversal shows governmental fuel-choice lunacy

April 29, 2011

A low-profile revolt over hydrogen in Washington, DC, illustrates the lunacy of governmental fuel choice.

High court offers hope for sense in warming lawsuits

April 22, 2011

Arguments in the first lawsuit involving climate change to reach the US Supreme Court provided incomplete hope that common sense will prevail.

Obama spurns help from oil and gas in US fiscal struggles

April 15, 2011

For anyone who thought US President Barack Obama might treat oil and gas resource development as helpful in the nation’s budget struggles, two words should be enlightening: fat chance.

Wrong reasons steer Obama to wrong path on oil import cuts

April 8, 2011

The goal reasserted by US President Barack Obama last month to cut US imports of oil by one third can be good or bad, depending on the route chosen and the reason for making the effort.

EIA notes slump in US emissions of greenhouse gas

April 1, 2011

Here’s how to cut emissions of greenhouse gas: Shrink the economy, and burn less coal.

US takes OECD lead in tax rate on corporations

March 25, 2011

Effective Apr. 1, the US assumes a position of regrettable leadership in the developed world.

Biofuels cited in outlook for food price gains

March 18, 2011

“Rising Prices on the Menu,” says the title of an article in an International Monetary Fund magazine that predicts an extended increase in the price of food.

Market said to be declaring death of 'Major Oil model'

March 11, 2011

Investors and large oil companies have steered onto paths so divergent that Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. says, “The market is declaring the Major Oil model dead.”

Time change offers reminder of flawed approach to energy

March 4, 2011

The Sunday approaches when punctual Americans set timepieces forward by 1 hr and thoughtful Americans feel reminded to wonder how their elected officials might blunder next on energy.

Shale plays show how resource work helps economies

February 25, 2011

The economic goodness of resource development is, or should be, axiomatic.

Raising tax rates doesn’t always increase revenue

February 18, 2011

An increase in taxation is not the same as an increase in government revenue. In arguments over fiscal policy, lawmakers and journalists should choose their words carefully.

Though regulations surge, not all, says president, are bad

February 11, 2011

To expressions of concern that the US faces, in one business leader’s words, a “regulatory tsunami,” President Barack Obama responds, “Not all regulations are bad.”

More OPEC oil would boost rosy view of economy

February 4, 2011

When Ali Al-Naimi, Saudi minister of petroleum and mineral resources, expressed confidence about global economic recovery last month, he was neither alone in his optimism nor without doubters.

President's appeal for unity excludes oil and gas people

January 28, 2011

When US President Barack Obama declared, in his Jan. 25 State of the Union speech, “We are part of the American family,” he didn’t mean Americans who produce oil and gas.

Gas-hungry Dubai importing LNG, eyes role as hub

January 21, 2011

The romance between Dubai and natural gas gained intensity last year when the go-go emirate became the Persian Gulf’s second importer of LNG.

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