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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

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

    Published 13 January 2019 | viewed 33,494 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 5,750 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 20,068 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 12,340 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 15,883 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 41,686 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 11,784 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 19,742 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 18,948 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…

  • Trump Claims Victory As Oil Prices Plummet

    Published 17 November 2018 | viewed 31,856 times

    Oil prices are now down over 20 percent from recent highs, and President Trump knows exactly where the credit for that belongs. “If you look…

  • The Energy Investment Model With A Glaring Problem

    Published 06 November 2018 | viewed 4,673 times

    The first master limited partnership (MLP) was formed by Apache Oil Company in 1981. In 1987 Congress legislated the rules for publicly traded partnerships in…

  • The Overlooked Downside Of Ethanol

    Published 05 November 2018 | viewed 23,654 times

    Ethanol is known to damage small gasoline-powered engines, such as those in lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Consumer Reports explains: A Department of Energy study found that…

  • The Death Of Algal Biofuel

    Published 27 October 2018 | viewed 12,655 times

    During the advanced biofuel craze of the past decade, many companies made claims that weren’t remotely credible. A long list of companies claimed they could economically convert…

  • Fact Checking Bernie Sanders On Renewable Energy

    Published 25 October 2018 | viewed 14,606 times

    When discussing energy policies, I think it’s critical to accurately represent facts. Otherwise, we may end up making ineffective policy decisions based on myths or…

  • New Tech From Iceland Can Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

    Published 24 October 2018 | viewed 11,502 times

    I wrote this column in Iceland, where I recently traveled on a working vacation. While in Iceland I met with an innovative energy producer whose technology could help mitigate…

  • Is The Threat Of High Oil Prices Overstated?

    Published 04 October 2018 | viewed 11,926 times

    As U.S. sanctions on Iran have forced some countries to stop importing oil from Iran, crude oil prices have inevitably risen. The U.S. started down…

  • Creating Fuel From Thin Air

    Published 29 September 2018 | viewed 13,283 times

    Wouldn’t it be magnificent if we had a low-cost way to capture the sun’s energy and economically store it for later consumption? Actually, we do. Plant…

  • Why Peak Oil Demand Doesn’t Matter

    Published 22 September 2018 | viewed 23,802 times

    Although natural gas is projected to be the fastest-growing fossil fuel over the next two decades, the global oil market won't likely be far behind.…

  • Refiners Aren’t To Blame For Climate Change

    Published 16 September 2018 | viewed 7,731 times

    For about a decade, Texas has considered the idea of erecting a coastal barrier to protect against the impacts of hurricanes. Texas A&M researchers concluded that a direct…

  • How Natural Gas Is Paving The Way To A Cleaner Energy Future

    Published 12 September 2018 | viewed 10,458 times

    Many environmentalists are staunchly against the idea that natural gas can act as a bridge fuel to a renewable future. Actor Mark Ruffalo echoed the…

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