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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • How The Californian Oil Boom Died

    Published 14 March 2019 | viewed 14,901 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 7,692 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 6,816 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 11,798 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 7,521 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 17,617 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 13,294 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 10,897 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 6,628 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 21,526 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 11,382 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…

  • Could Oil Prices Rise By $25 Per Barrel In 2019?

    Published 13 January 2019 | viewed 68,885 times

    As we begin 2019, the energy markets and the stock markets are experiencing incredible volatility. Both underwent steep declines during the latter part of last…

  • 2018 Was A Record Breaking Year For Energy Markets

    Published 11 January 2019 | viewed 6,832 times

    I had intended to grade my 2018 energy predictions before now, but one of them wasn’t decided until the last day of the year. But after the stock…

  • OPEC Is Losing Its Stranglehold On Oil Prices

    Published 05 January 2019 | viewed 22,034 times

    Many articles have been written this past year about the impending demise of OPEC. Shale oil, it has been argued, has ended the cartel’s stranglehold…

  • The World’s Most Productive Oil Field

    Published 03 January 2019 | viewed 14,045 times

    Many people will tell you that the production rate of Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oil field, which has yielded 5 million barrels of petroleum per day…

  • Why Oil Prices Rose And Crashed In 2018

    Published 30 December 2018 | viewed 19,197 times

    Last week the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, the primary U.S. benchmark, fell to a 17-month low. The price, $45.88/bbl, marks a stunning fall…

  • No, The U.S. Is Not A Net Exporter Of Crude Oil

    Published 13 December 2018 | viewed 44,643 times

    Last week Bloomberg created quite a stir with this story: The U.S. Just Became a Net Oil Exporter for the First Time in 75 Years.…

  • Is This The Answer To Global Warming?

    Published 08 December 2018 | viewed 16,912 times

    In my previous article – Indisputable Facts On Climate Change – I addressed some of the things we know to be true as it relates to carbon…

  • How President Trump Is Undermining U.S. Oil Producers

    Published 26 November 2018 | viewed 21,866 times

    President Trump recently took credit for the plunge in oil prices since early October. As I noted in a recent article, it’s true that the…

  • Oil Prices May Have Reached A Bottom

    Published 18 November 2018 | viewed 20,449 times

    Last Friday, oil prices fell for the 10th consecutive day. According to CNBC, this marked the longest losing streak for crude oil in 34 years. I…

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