Editor's Perspective

World seen better at handling hikes in the price of oil

June 1, 2012

The world has increased its resilience to increases in the price of oil, according to a researcher at the International Monetary Fund.

US regulatory costs amplify pressure of the mammoth deficit

May 25, 2012

With annual spending by the US government approaching $4 trillion and the federal deficit exceeding a quarter of that, why worry about an extra trillion bucks or two in regulatory costs?

Energy delusions aggravate European economic problems

May 14, 2012

Political revolt against fiscal austerity underscores laws governing energy and money to which European leaders should pay more heed: Neither can be created from nothing.

Here's the economic spark Obama needs to win reelection

May 4, 2012

New job numbers, crackling with political context, suggest a potent move President Barack Obama might make in his bid for reelection—but almost certainly will not.

Gasoline price crude prop shows signs of stress

April 27, 2012

Gasoline demand this summer in the United States will be at its lowest level in 11 years while the price sets a record high. What gives?

YPF expropriation clouds the allure of Argentine shale

April 20, 2012

On its way down the proverbial slippery slope toward economic statism, Argentina has laid claim to oil and gas assets worth, oh, $18 billion or so.

Ahmadinejad speech sets edgy tone for nuclear meeting

April 16, 2012

Iran raised the stakes of an important meeting about its nuclear plans by insulting Arabs and picking a new fight over islands in the Strait of Hormuz.

Congress trying to sneak past its ethanol fiasco

April 5, 2012

If they were not in an election year, lawmakers might be fixing America’s fuel ethanol wreck instead of skewering consumers and hiding the damage.

Energy independence better as sales slogan than as policy target

March 23, 2012

In service to the quality of discourse, the oil and gas industry should fall silent on energy independence and hope that others who converse about energy recognize the consequent boost to public enlightenment and do likewise.

Canadians assail political intrusions funded by US groups

March 16, 2012

Justifiably steaming over US inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, members of Canada’s Conservative Party are counterattacking what they see as sovereignty incursions from the south.

Being right would make the righteous more persuasive

March 9, 2012

When people are confident enough about their righteousness to make a public display of it, should they not also be right?

Oil sands alliance forms to build on environmental gains

March 2, 2012

The oil sands industry of Canada has taken an important step toward refuting the “dirty oil” claims of environmental activism.

Self-contradiction glares in Obama's speech on energy

February 24, 2012

Even the audience President Barack Obama hoped to manipulate with his Feb. 23 energy speech can recognize self-contradiction.

Surface effects part of fracing in popular view

February 17, 2012

Political conflict over hydraulic fracturing turns on a semantic point crucial but perhaps not evident to the oil and gas industry.

New clean energy standard move shows failure to learn

February 10, 2012

As Congress begins its latest effort to choreograph energy choice, Americans should lock their cash drawers.

Scorecard needed to gauge oil market worried about Iran

February 3, 2012

Perils linked to Iran are escalating so rapidly that an observer needs a scorecard to gauge market effects.

Campaigns to call Obama conservative stumble on energy

December 30, 2011

From the perspective of the oil and gas business, campaigns by liberal commentators to make President Barack Obama look politically conservative seem otherworldly.

Lifecycle anchored in politics dooms renewable energy

December 22, 2011

Because the world needs renewable energy, renewable energy needs a new lifecycle.

US needs election before new round of energy legislation

December 16, 2011

The US needs an election before the next round of energy legislation. Congress, with its consumption mandates and production subsidies, has done enough damage already.

Pipeline becomes symbol in false political choice

December 9, 2011

If US elections in 2012 amounted only to a contest between envy and oil, President Barack Obama would win 4 more years in office.

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