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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • Why Oil Companies Aren't Evil

    Published 07 November 2019 | viewed 7,942 times

    When I worked for the oil industry, I began to see things differently from the inside. The image in my mind of “Big Oil” began…

  • The Uncomfortable Truth About Biofuel

    Published 06 November 2019 | viewed 6,474 times

    Earlier this month, France’s constitutional court upheld a law cutting palm oil from the country’s list of approved biofuels and eliminating associated tax exemptions. The court rejected…

  • What’s Really Behind The Ethanol Crisis?

    Published 04 November 2019 | viewed 6,212 times

    If you ask politicians in the corn belt, or those who produce corn or ethanol, they know exactly where to place the blame for their…

  • Floating Nuclear Power: Chernobyl On Ice Or The Future Of Energy?

    Published 25 October 2019 | viewed 13,714 times

    Last month the Akademik Lomonosov, a first-of-its-kind floating nuclear plant built by Russian state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, arrived at Pevek, a port town on the…

  • The Death Of The World’s Most Popular Battery

    Published 17 October 2019 | viewed 11,776 times

    Batteries became an indispensable part of our daily lives during the 20th Century. But the pace of change has dramatically increased in the 21st Century…

  • Are Electric Vehicle Mandates Next On The Table?

    Published 12 October 2019 | viewed 7,824 times

    In my many discussions with ethanol proponents, they invariably push several narratives. Sometimes these narratives are sincere, but sometimes they are driven by glaring self-interest. Today…

  • Should Markets Worry About Falling Saudi Oil Inventories?

    Published 01 October 2019 | viewed 16,037 times

    Bloomberg is reporting that Saudi Aramco has restored oil production levels at the crude-processing plants at Abqaiq and at the Khurais oil field. Multiple reports that Saudi’s production would…

  • The Impact Of The Saudi Oil Attack Is Far From Over

    Published 23 September 2019 | viewed 16,144 times

    Oil prices have already pulled back from their surge following last weekend’s drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. This has led some to say…

  • A Fracking Ban Will Never Happen

    Published 14 September 2019 | viewed 17,041 times

    It’s primary season, which generally means Democratic candidates for President are trying to see who can swing farthest Left. This is especially true when it…

  • U.S. Oil Market Suffering As The Trade War Escalates

    Published 07 September 2019 | viewed 44,102 times

    The ongoing trade war with China is impacting many industries. Market volatility is being exacerbated by President Trump’s pattern of vacillating between threats and cease-fires…

  • The Best Way To Play The Energy Sector Sell-Off

    Published 07 September 2019 | viewed 7,680 times

    Last week I received a news alert that highlighted the extent of the current bear market in energy stocks. Typically, late in a business cycle…

  • Why The Midwest Should Protect The Ethanol Market

    Published 25 August 2019 | viewed 9,968 times

    Today I want to conclude the recent series of articles on ethanol. Previous articles in this series were: Ethanol Industry In Free Fall Since President…

  • The Fatal Flaw In The Ethanol Industry

    Published 21 August 2019 | viewed 10,265 times

    Despite once being included on an “Ethanol Enemies List“, I would like to see a healthy U.S. ethanol industry. I think it’s important for the…

  • The Reason China Is Winning The Battery Race

    Published 08 August 2019 | viewed 11,861 times

    The world is becoming increasingly electrified. Not only are developing countries increasing the availability of electricity to their populations, but the electrification of existing transportation…

  • The No.1 Reason Why Oil Isn’t Trading Over $100

    Published 03 August 2019 | viewed 77,380 times

    One of the most important questions in the global oil markets revolves around U.S. oil production. There is probably nothing OPEC would like to know…

  • The Permian Boom Is On Its Last Leg

    Published 28 July 2019 | viewed 91,943 times

    There’s no question that over the past decade, the U.S. shale oil boom has had a tremendous impact on global oil markets. The surge of…

  • The World Can’t Let Nuclear Energy Die

    Published 20 July 2019 | viewed 15,202 times

    This is the final article in a series based on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Previous articles in this series covered carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum supply and demand, the production and consumption…

  • The Ten Countries With The Greatest Fossil Fuel Production

    Published 20 July 2019 | viewed 31,406 times

    Despite the rapid growth of renewable energy over the past decade, fossil fuels still dominate global energy consumption. According to BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019,…

  • Renewables On Track To Pass Nuclear Energy

    Published 13 July 2019 | viewed 12,747 times

    This article is the fifth in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Previous articles in this series covered carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum supply and demand, the…

  • U.S. Increases Dominance In Natural Gas, Produces More Than Entire Middle East

    Published 10 July 2019 | viewed 10,779 times

    The U.S. became the world’s top natural gas producer as a result of the shale gas boom. In 2005, the U.S. was well behind Russian in…

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