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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

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  • How The Shale Boom Is Boosting U.S. Exports

    Published 31 October 2017 | viewed 12,574 times

    Most people are at least somewhat aware that the U.S. shale oil boom has resulted in lower fuel prices at the pump. But they are…

  • New Mandate Pushes Trucking Industry Fuel Efficiency

    Published 28 October 2017 | viewed 35,200 times

    How the ELD Mandate Will Improve Fuel Efficiency In August, R-Squared Energy reported that the U.S. set a new gasoline demand record. We stated that a…

  • OPEC Seeks Help From U.S. Shale

    Published 21 October 2017 | viewed 11,040 times

    Last week some comments from OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo signaled that OPEC may not understand how the U.S. oil industry functions. Reuters reports that Barkindo urged cooperation from U.S.…

  • Who Are The Biggest Buyers Of U.S. Oil?

    Published 15 October 2017 | viewed 39,035 times

    This year the U.S. has averaged more than 900,000 barrels per day (BPD) of crude oil exports while continuing to import an average of 8.1 million…

  • Why U.S. Crude Exports Are Booming

    Published 14 October 2017 | viewed 16,159 times

    In the years leading up to the shale oil boom, crude oil exports from the U.S. were nearly nonexistent. There were two reasons for that.…

  • Has The Bear Market In Oil Finally Ended?

    Published 09 October 2017 | viewed 18,913 times

    Following the 17-month bear market that ended in March 2009, one of the longest-running bull markets in U.S. history began. The current bull market is…

  • China’s Oil Demand Is Far Ahead Of Last Year’s Pace

    Published 04 October 2017 | viewed 16,880 times

    OPEC recently released its Monthly Oil Market Report which covers the global oil supply and demand picture through July. OPEC crude oil production decreased by 79,000 BPD…

  • What Is Behind Surging Gas Prices?

    Published 09 September 2017 | viewed 13,714 times

    As gas stations raise prices in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, there have been numerous accusations of price gouging. Especially on social media, some are…

  • Harvey’s Long-Term Impact On Oil Markets

    Published 05 September 2017 | viewed 19,176 times

    The tropical storm formerly known as Hurricane Harvey continues to dump copious amounts of rain on the Houston area. As a former Houston resident who…

  • Peak Oil Is Not The Same As Peak Demand

    Published 23 August 2017 | viewed 10,014 times

    Following my previous article — Peak Demand? No, A New Gasoline Demand Record— I received some interesting feedback from readers. It quickly became apparent that…

  • U.S. Gasoline Demand At All-Time High

    Published 14 August 2017 | viewed 14,141 times

    Given all the media hype about peak oil demand — which is supposed to come about largely as a result of the explosive growth of…

  • Is The Shale Rebound Causing A Return Of Flaring?

    Published 06 August 2017 | viewed 11,263 times

    Underneath the surface of North Dakota is the Bakken Formation, which is part of the Williston Basin that also lies underneath parts of South Dakota,…

  • The Natural Gas Boom Shows No Signs Of Slowing

    Published 19 July 2017 | viewed 15,315 times

    Last month the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017 was released. This report gives us the opportunity to review the big picture when it comes to global…

  • The World Is Millions Of Barrels Away From Peak Oil

    Published 25 June 2017 | viewed 38,997 times

    The notion that demand for crude oil will soon peak has largely replaced the idea from a decade ago that crude oil production was about…

  • Will Rising U.S. Production Drive OPEC Into A Corner?

    Published 11 February 2017 | viewed 10,073 times

    In an earlier article I addressed some of the skepticism around the recent production cuts enacted by OPEC. Today I want to consider in more…

  • Five Energy Predictions For 2017

    Published 15 January 2017 | viewed 35,677 times

    I read an article this morning where one analyst predicted that we are in a 10-15 year bear market for oil. The analyst stated that…

  • Energy Sector Highlights Of 2016

    Published 30 December 2016 | viewed 14,096 times

    A lot happened in the energy sector in 2016, with two major stories leading the way. Both the surprising election of Donald Trump to the…

  • OPEC’s Announced Production Cuts Are A Big Deal

    Published 19 December 2016 | viewed 15,813 times

    By now you have undoubtedly heard that late last month at OPEC’s 171st Ordinary Meeting in Vienna, the group announced that it would reduce output…

  • Is The Permian 20 Billion Barrel Oil Discovery Real?

    Published 28 November 2016 | viewed 39,037 times

    Earlier this month the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced the largest estimate of continuous oil that it has ever assessed. The area assessed is in…

  • The Energy Sink: Why The Ethanol Dream Is Unrealistic

    Published 29 October 2016 | viewed 12,504 times

    If I told you that I had created a process to extract pure gold from seawater, you might deem it an amazing accomplishment. If I…

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