Editor's Perspective

Clinton’s energy goals point toward economic hazard

July 31, 2015

If Hillary Clinton becomes president of the United States and implements the energy policy she’s now describing, she won’t win a second term.

EPA initiatives give new meaning to political gridlock

July 24, 2015

Bad energy policy has one positive attribute: a strong tendency for mistakes to devour themselves.

Rig counts are up where plans focus on the long term

July 17, 2015

Rig counts plummet except where they don’t.

OPEC supply surge swamps downturn in US tight-oil output

July 10, 2015

Confession: Early this year, your correspondent predicted that oil production from shales and other low-permeability formations would be declining by now and that oil prices consequently would be set to rebound. He was only half-right.

Twist of activists’ dogma freshens view of global warming

July 2, 2015

Fresh perspective on global warming, a topic that needs it, comes from a geologist.

Emerging producers offered guidelines for governance

June 26, 2015

Like most worthy endeavors, governing oil and gas activity at the national level is easier said than done—especially where oil and gas never before have been produced.

New king reshaping Saudi oil industry; extent still unclear

June 19, 2015

A new ruler is making important changes in the state-run petroleum industry of the world’s most influential oil-producing nation.

Energy prominent among US rules due in next 12 months

June 12, 2015

Energy figures prominently in a regulatory blitz taking shape as the Obama administration approaches its end.

Political, technical problems seen for energy-subsidy reform

June 5, 2015

Fossil-energy subsidies receive more talk than action, too much of it politically opportunistic.

Oil-demand curve’s flattening adds to pressure on OPEC

June 1, 2015

When leaders of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meet in Vienna on June 5, they should heed a stern signal from the oil market.

Coast Guard cadets summoned to battle climatological foe

May 22, 2015

Confusion evident in President Barack Obama’s commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy raises a question bearing on American foreign policy: Is it possible the administration has let its obsession with global warming skew relationships with oil-producing allies?

OPEC production well above quota for second month

May 15, 2015

Supply data out this week provide a useful reminder about behavior of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Quick supply change a vital factor in oil market recovery

May 8, 2015

Large among questions hanging over an oil market groping for balance is the behavior of short-fuse supply.

Pope will confirm religious nature of climate activism

May 1, 2015

Pope Francis will offer useful clarification in an imminent encyclical declaring action on climate change to be a matter of moral imperative.

Hair-trigger supply a new challenge of managing oil assets

April 24, 2015

Reluctance by Saudi Arabia to cut production in defense of the crude price reflects important new realities of the oil market.

Letter to museums betokens nastiness of climate politics

April 17, 2015

Activism has usurped science in the politics of climate change to the extent that its unhinged polemic discredits itself.

US climate spurt must be serious; it has toolkits

April 10, 2015

Programs stuffed with sweeping actions imply the existence of sweeping problems—sometimes falsely.

In Texas, the mood about jobs is not all that’s blue

April 2, 2015

To a loyal resident, the only time Texas looks better in the rearview mirror is when oil prices have crashed.

Yemen: Geopolitics by proxy or more chronic civil war?

March 30, 2015

Do collapse of Yemen’s government and air strikes led by Saudi Arabia reflect geopolitics by proxy or chronic civil war?

US drilling slump a tough start to market correction

March 20, 2015

Two changes essential to reversal of a sagging oil market are coming into view: Supply expectations are falling, while demand looks—well, at least stronger than it did a few months ago.

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