Editor's Perspective

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.

Frac opposition stains credibility on energy issues

January 14, 2011

Forty-six members of the US House of Representatives have surrendered credibility on important energy issues.

Money for nothing: What’s wrong with this proposition?

January 7, 2011

Here’s the deal: For $3.6 billion, Ecuador won’t develop 846 million bbl of oil. Any takers?

Rising crude price threatens recovery in US, elsewhere

January 3, 2011

If the country that led the world into recession also must lead the way back to stable growth, oil exporters must act soon to lower the price of crude oil.

Biofuel crops eyed as threatening to local ecosystems

December 24, 2010

The environmental halo over the politically angelic head of biofuels is growing a new layer of rust.

Green awards flow to governor of state deep in red

December 17, 2010

While his state teeters financially, outgoing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is sweeping up environmental awards.

Important global warming case moves to Supreme Court

December 13, 2010

The US Supreme Court plans to address legal questions with potential to expose emitters of greenhouse gases to huge liability for harm from natural phenomena.

EPA change shows folly of mandating cellulosic ethanol

December 3, 2010

For the US renewable-fuel standards program, real-world events raise questions of credibility.

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