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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • Is Biden’s Energy Plan Too Ambitious?

    Published 27 February 2021 | viewed 10,231 times

    You may count me among those who want to see society move beyond fossil fuels. We all know there are negative consequences associated with fossil…

  • Investment In Battery Tech Exploded In 2020

    Published 22 February 2021 | viewed 1,979 times

    Last fall Swedish lithium-ion battery maker Northvolt announced that it had raised $600 million in equity to invest in capacity expansion, research and development, and…

  • Why Big Oil Isn’t Worried About Biden’s Executive Orders

    Published 06 February 2021 | viewed 26,468 times

    In late 2019, as various candidates jockeyed to win the Democratic nomination for president, Elizabeth Warren made the statement that she would “ban fracking everywhere.”…

  • Did President Biden Really Ban Fracking?

    Published 03 February 2021 | viewed 10,186 times

    In late 2019, as various candidates jockeyed to win the Democratic nomination for president, Elizabeth Warren made the statement that she would “ban fracking everywhere.”…

  • 5 Oil And Gas Predictions For 2021

    Published 27 January 2021 | viewed 51,003 times

    When I made my 2020 predictions a year ago, the world was on the cusp of a pandemic that would upend the oil markets. In…

  • How Microsoft Looks To Eliminate All The Carbon It Ever Emitted

    Published 21 January 2021 | viewed 2,905 times

    In January 2020, Microsoft launched a company-wide focus on sustainability by announcing an ambitious goal and a detailed plan to become carbon negative by 2030,…

  • The Best-Performing Energy Stocks Of 2020

    Published 14 January 2021 | viewed 2,645 times

    In 2020, the energy sector got hit with the triple-whammy of a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, demand destruction as a result of…

  • The Top 5 Energy Stories Of 2020

    Published 31 December 2020 | viewed 2,797 times

    Some years there is an energy story so big that there’s no question it belongs at the top of the list. The Deepwater Horizon oil…

  • The Countries Set To Win Big On The Lithium Boom

    Published 24 December 2020 | viewed 22,227 times

    Last week I read a press release that piqued my interest. Vancouver-based Lithium Americas Corp. announced that they had received an environmental impact statement (EIS)…

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Fueling A Record Decline In Emissions

    Published 29 November 2020 | viewed 2,629 times

    Last week BloombergNEF (BNEF) published a new report that quantifies the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. The report estimates that…

  • Australia’s Ambitious $16 Billion Solar Project Will Be The World’s Biggest

    Published 23 November 2020 | viewed 14,030 times

    The world’s most ambitious renewable energy project to date is the proposed Australia–ASEAN Power Link. This project would combine the world’s largest solar farm, the…

  • Will Biden Be As Bad For Oil As Critics Suggest?

    Published 11 November 2020 | viewed 12,799 times

    There has been a lot of hand-wringing in the oil industry about the consequences of a Joe Biden win, so let’s discuss those today. Here…

  • Energy Markets To See Radical Shift Through 2050

    Published 09 November 2020 | viewed 3,113 times

    BloombergNEF (BNEF) published its New Energy Outlook 2020 (NEO) last week. The NEO projects the evolution of the global energy system over the next 30 years. It…

  • Are Vanadium Flow Batteries The Future Of Utility-Scale Energy Storage?

    Published 05 November 2020 | viewed 13,224 times

    Earlier this year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) published a $20 million solicitation to fund research projects for the deployment of long-duration energy storage. The objective was…

  • How The Oil Industry Fared Under The Last Nine U.S. Presidents

    Published 31 October 2020 | viewed 16,033 times

    With the 2020 presidential election looming — and with many claims and counterclaims about a president’s impact on the oil industry — I thought it…

  • Did The U.S. Really Become The World’s Top Oil Producer Under Trump?

    Published 07 October 2020 | viewed 6,587 times

    As the presidential election approaches, I am increasingly seeing claims that President Trump put the U.S. back on top as the world’s leading oil producer.…

  • Has Trump Helped Or Hurt The U.S. Ethanol Industry?

    Published 03 October 2020 | viewed 2,114 times

    Last week at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida, President Trump made a puzzling claim. Near the end of a story about Kamala Harris, Trump…

  • Joe Biden Could Never Ban Fracking

    Published 29 September 2020 | viewed 7,463 times

    I have always viewed politicians that promise to ban hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking” — with some level of suspicion. In fact, a…

  • Can Biden Decarbonize The U.S. Power Sector In 15 Years?

    Published 19 September 2020 | viewed 2,613 times

    Last week’s article focused on the nine key elements of Joe Biden’s plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice. Today, I want to…

  • The Nine Key Points In Biden’s Energy Strategy

    Published 10 September 2020 | viewed 5,829 times

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has laid out an ambitious energy plan. His campaign has released nine key elements of Biden’s plan for a Clean Energy…

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