Editorial Comment ///

Various forms of written communication caught our attention recently, not because they conveyed related messages, but because all included nebulous meanings. An oil industry newspaper provides our first example. Over the years, we have seen numerous examples of manipulating statistics to "prove" a point, but a recent article in Upstream demonstrated the ultimate in absurdity. Under a headline that screamed "Crude ‘a killer’ for developing states," the paper blithely reported on a study by Oxfam America, which linked poverty and child mortality to oil or mineral exports.

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