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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

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  • What Hubbert Got Wrong About Peak Oil

    Published 18 September 2016 | viewed 20,307 times

    If you happen to be interested in the topic of “peak oil”, you almost certainly know the name M. King Hubbert. While you may know…

  • U.S. Gasoline Consumption On Target For A Record Year

    Published 22 August 2016 | viewed 21,271 times

    In last month’s Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that it now expects record U.S. gasoline consumption this year: Motor…

  • Electric Vehicles Won’t Kill Off Oil Demand Anytime Soon

    Published 31 July 2016 | viewed 16,052 times

    Before you start furiously typing out a retort, hear me out. First, I want to make it clear what I am not skeptical about. I…

  • Analyzing The 2016 BP Statistical Review

    Published 25 June 2016 | viewed 15,192 times

    Each year in June two very important reports are released that provide a comprehensive view of the global energy markets. The highlight of the recently-released…

  • When Will Solar Overtake Oil?

    Published 30 May 2016 | viewed 51,212 times

    Several years ago, when I was working on my book Power Plays, I spent a lot of time thinking about the future of energy. One…

  • Proved Oil Reserves Lost $840 Billion In Value

    Published 11 May 2016 | viewed 13,126 times

    I spent a lot of time in 2015 warning that at year-end we would see a huge decline in crude oil reserves. As I have…

  • Biofuel Breakthrough: Production Jumps 64%

    Published 03 May 2016 | viewed 24,218 times

    A few people have asked if I can reproduce more of my Forbes columns here, because they don’t like wading through the ads there to…

  • What Was The Primary Cause Of The Coal Crash?

    Published 14 April 2016 | viewed 7,920 times

    Today, as had been expected, Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU) — the largest coal producer in the United States — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy…

  • How Leonardo DiCaprio’s Carbon Footprint Clashes With His Climate Claims

    Published 09 March 2016 | viewed 22,142 times

    Leonardo DiCaprio recently won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant. I saw the movie, and to my layman’s eye it…

  • The Billion Dollar Biofuel That Fell 2.7 Billion Gallons Short

    Published 17 February 2016 | viewed 15,581 times

    Ten years ago a visionary named Vinod Khosla gave a presentation called Biofuels: Think Outside the Barrel. It seems to have disappeared from his Khosla…

  • OPEC’s Trillion Dollar Mistake

    Published 26 January 2016 | viewed 18,469 times

    A few days after Christmas I appeared on CNBC Asia’s Squawk Box to discuss the volatility in the oil market. Bernie Lo asked a question…

  • Renewables Take Center Stage In Paris, But How Feasible Are The Plans?

    Published 02 December 2015 | viewed 9,207 times

    Energy on the Edge Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the…

  • Keystone XL Might Prove A Pyrrhic Victory For Environmentalists

    Published 19 November 2015 | viewed 6,972 times

    A Long-Awaited DecisionEarlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL…

  • How Shale Oil Will Survive The Crude Carnage

    Published 07 November 2015 | viewed 25,539 times

    It’s Not That SimpleIn my previous article Why the Bakken Boomed, I discussed the shale oil boom that has had such a dramatic impact in…

  • Little Hope For Crude Oil Exports If Clinton Is Elected

    Published 08 October 2015 | viewed 6,065 times

    Another Clinton Administration Likely I know some people cringe at the idea, but Hillary Clinton is the current favorite to win not only her party’s…

  • Peak Oil Has More To Do With Oil Prices Than You May Think

    Published 18 September 2015 | viewed 25,802 times

    The Origins of Peak Oil AwarenessThe scientific study of peak oil began in the 1950′s, when Shell geophysicist M. King Hubbert reported on the evolution…

  • Why $20 Oil Won’t Happen

    Published 21 August 2015 | viewed 18,027 times

    Déjà vu As the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) retests the $40 per barrel (bbl) mark, some pundits are again calling for WTI to…

  • The Link Between Oil Reserves And Oil Prices

    Published 06 August 2015 | viewed 27,565 times

     Last December the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its latest estimate of U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves. Although natural gas reserves rose,…

  • This Is Why The U.S May Actually Not Be The No.1 Oil Producer

    Published 21 July 2015 | viewed 7,087 times

    According to the recently-released BP (NYSE: BP) Statistical Review of World Energy 2014, the U.S. was the world’s largest and most diverse energy producer in…

  • Don’t Believe The Hype On U.S. Shale Growth

    Published 13 June 2015 | viewed 17,350 times

    The OPEC Free FallThere is a popular narrative going around that I want to address in today’s article. Last November, after several months of plummeting…

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