Editor's Perspective

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.

Fraud in renewable fuel marker sales was predictable

September 28, 2012

Many people never would cheat to make easy money. Regulation must account for the people who would and do.

Economies cooling in countries key to oil demand growth

September 21, 2012

The economies of two countries crucial to oil-demand growth are cooling and, in one case, might be worse than indicated by official data.

Survey respondents favor balance in energy policy goals

September 14, 2012

Believe it or not, support exists in the US for an energy policy that balances core objectives.

Obama recommits to green energy as others wisely bail

September 7, 2012

Approaches to green energy are diverging on opposing sides of the Atlantic as the incumbent US administration presses expensively forward and European governments come to their senses.

EPA fuel economy announcement notes problems with E85

August 31, 2012

The document announcing new fuel-economy standards for US cars and light trucks contains a quiet observation that shrieks about problems of renewable-fuel mandates.

Fine distinctions crucial in issues of transparency

August 24, 2012

In the era of Twitter and Facebook, with information increasingly flashy and decreasingly illuminating, fine distinctions too often yield to the blur. The oil and gas industry still must keep pressing for clarification in two issues related to transparency.

Voters will recall excesses of a push to not waste crisis

August 17, 2012

Energy represents a large piece of a gaudy policy mosaic likely to influence the US presidential election in November more than might be apparent at this stage of the race.

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