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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • Debunking The Oil Industry Cash Flow Myth

    Published 11 May 2019 | viewed 19,767 times

    One of the refrains I often hear about the oil industry — particularly on those focused-on shale and tight oil — is that it collectively doesn’t make…

  • Should Chevron Walk Away From The Anadarko Deal?

    Published 08 May 2019 | viewed 9,507 times

    Chevron is arguably the best of the integrated super-major oil companies. For the past 20 years, Chevron has delivered superior returns to shareholders, outperforming the…

  • Why Your Gasoline Won’t Take You As Far As it Used To

    Published 04 May 2019 | viewed 80,531 times

    Over the weekend, I saw a passing reference on Twitter to the declining energy content of gasoline. Intuitively I know this to be correct for reasons…

  • What’s Behind The Gasoline Price Spike?

    Published 27 April 2019 | viewed 31,852 times

    According to data from the Energy Information Administration, during the first week of January this year the average retail price of gasoline was $2.24/gal. By…

  • Oil Majors Eye New Acquisition Targets In The Permian

    Published 25 April 2019 | viewed 18,054 times

    Following the news that Chevron had agreed to pay a nearly 40 percent premium to acquire Anadarko Petroleum, investors quickly bid up the shares of…

  • Permian Takes The Crown As World’s Top Oil Field

    Published 13 April 2019 | viewed 38,151 times

    Last week Saudi Aramco — the national oil company of Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest oil company — lifted a veil of secrecy around…

  • Aramco’s True Breakeven Price

    Published 06 April 2019 | viewed 31,943 times

    Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, is by far the largest oil company in the world. The company produces around 13 percent…

  • Midstream Outperforms In First Quarter

    Published 06 April 2019 | viewed 6,428 times

    The first quarter of the year is in the books. Following a steep sell-off in December, the S&P 500 returned 13.1 percent for the quarter,…

  • Good News And Bad News For The Ethanol Industry

    Published 25 March 2019 | viewed 6,157 times

    Last week the ethanol industry cheered when the EPA proposed a rule that would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year-round. But by the…

  • How The Californian Oil Boom Died

    Published 14 March 2019 | viewed 17,454 times

    This week I am creating slides for a presentation I am giving in California later this month. While researching the material, I took a closer look at…

  • Onboard Hydrogen: Is This The Future Of Zero Emission Vehicles?

    Published 09 March 2019 | viewed 9,612 times

    Last week I wrote an article — Water Is Not A Fuel — discussing a press release I had received from Australian-Israeli startup Electriq~Global. As I noted in that article,…

  • The Myth Of Water As A Fuel

    Published 05 March 2019 | viewed 7,742 times

    Each week I receive press releases about “game-changing technologies” in the energy space. The number of these technologies that ultimately end up as game-changers is…

  • Could This NASA Innovation Save The EV Industry?

    Published 04 March 2019 | viewed 12,622 times

    I don’t really drive enough to make an electric vehicle (EV) a compelling value proposition, but if my commute was a bit longer it is…

  • Saudi Oil Production Lags Behind Peers In The Mid-East

    Published 25 February 2019 | viewed 8,404 times

    In this final installment of a series (See also Article 1 and Article 2) examining Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves, I want to examine several metrics to see how…

  • Does Saudi Arabia Really Have As Much Oil As Analysts Think?

    Published 18 February 2019 | viewed 19,677 times

    Officially, Venezuela has the world’s largest crude oil reserves with 303 billion barrels of proved reserves. But, a lot of this oil is extra-heavy crude…

  • Can U.S. Gas Production Keep Up With Demand?

    Published 14 February 2019 | viewed 15,383 times

    In the previous article, I discussed the global nature of the oil markets. But the shale oil boom in the U.S. temporarily increased the localized impact on the West…

  • Why WTI Is A Global Oil Market Benchmark

    Published 09 February 2019 | viewed 12,279 times

    Oil markets are global, and therefore oil prices around the world generally move in tandem. There are differences in oil prices based on quality and…

  • U.S. Energy Exports To See Significant Increase

    Published 03 February 2019 | viewed 7,228 times

    The Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2019 with projections to 2050.  The purpose of the AEO is to provide long-range energy projections for…

  • There’s No Slowing U.S. Natural Gas Production

    Published 26 January 2019 | viewed 22,997 times

    Last August I warned that a Natural Gas Price Spike May Be Looming. The reason for the warning was that natural gas in storage – which…

  • A Look Back At 20 Years Of Gasoline Prices

    Published 24 January 2019 | viewed 12,409 times

    On New Year’s Day, President Trump tweeted: (Click to enlarge)President Trump’s tweet on gasoline prices. I have written many times about the limited impact a sitting…

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