September 13, 1997
Robert Pinget, 78, a Swiss-born writer who became a leading figure in France's Nouveau Roman movement. A prolific author, Pinget published more than a score of novels, plays, essays and collections of short stories after his first book appeared in 1951. He was known for rich use of dialogue and exploration of gossip. In reviewing Pinget's 1983 book "That Voice," a Times reviewer noted: "The work is rich in images that, like snatches of overheard conversation, stick to the linings of memory."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1987
The Times deserves to be congratulated on its perceptive editorial (May 26) urging a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to explore the planet Mars. As you pointed out, the Soviet Union recently made public its plans to send to the red planet the most ambitious planetary exploration ever conceived by man. There is no excuse for the United States to stand idly by and watch our position as the world leader in the exploration of outer space erode while...
May 20, 2013 |
For decades, war has been waged over the holy grail of America's Arctic frontier, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The wide coastal plain on the edge of the Beaufort Sea contains stunning populations of caribou, grizzly, musk oxen and other wildlife -- and also an abundant pool of oil and gas. While Congress has periodically taken steps to consider opening up oil and gas development in the refuge, President Obama and many congressional Democrats...
May 7, 1986 |
The San Diego City Council has become the first brick in what it hopes will become a wall of resistance against offshore oil and gas exploration in San Diego County, voting to place a measure on the November ballot banning any onshore pipelines and refineries along the city's coastline. The council voted unanimously to ask San Diego voters on Nov.
September 6, 2006 |
French oil and gas field surveyor Compagnie Generale de Geophysique plans to buy U.S. rival Veritas DGC Inc. for $3.1 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Tuesday, establishing a major new global player in the booming oil exploration industry. Geophysique and Houston-based Veritas said both boards had unanimously approved the deal to create CGG-Veritas.
May 21, 2010 |
-- More than a week into their quest to stop the oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico from a damaged BP well, several dozen of the brightest minds in the engineering world gathered to watch a 100-ton failure unfold in slow motion. The engineers packed into a repurposed research center dubbed the Hive, which houses a dozen video screens and, most days, about as many scientists. Beside a bustling freeway, in a drab Houston office park bedecked with nearly every name in Big Oil, BP had launched a 21st century version of "Apollo 13."
March 20, 2005
Re "Senate Votes for Drilling in Arctic Refuge," March 17: The federal government is moving to solve our energy problems once again. First we invaded Iraq and now we are going to "develop" the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge so we have plenty of oil, for now. Oil is a finite resource that will eventually be expended. Why is there a dearth of visionaries running the federal government? Would not the most intelligent course of action be to develop other sources of energy while some oil still exists?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1986
The article by Edward Kutler and Glenn Sweetman (Editorial Pages, Feb. 7), "Oil Taxes Are a Step Backwards," presented weak arguments against an oil import tax. No tax is imposed without some complicating side effects. The best reason for this tax is that almost every other industrialized country in the world has used this form of taxation successfully for the past 40 years. If most of the world pays $2 to $3 for a gallon of gasoline, why should not Americans be progressively eased toward making the same sacrifice?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1987
Working as a geologist in petroleum exploration since 1981 has required that I come to terms with a personal dilemma. My deep respect for environmental concerns is now complicated by some insight into the increasing difficulty, expense, and risk of searching for new petroleum reserves. From this perspective, I appreciated the comments of Curtiss on the energy policy expressed by the Reagan Administration and Interior Secretary Hodel. There are many ways to approach the issue of national energy security.