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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • A Rundown Of The EIA’s Latest Energy Predictions

    Published 27 April 2015 | viewed 8,047 times

    Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). The report presents updated projections for U.S. energy markets through 2040…

  • The Truth About U.S. Crude Storage

    Published 13 March 2015 | viewed 42,223 times

    Despite the popular narrative that we keep hearing, the U.S is not running out of crude oil storage. Yet there are those who are predicting…

  • Obama Called Out On Keystone Lies

    Published 05 March 2015 | viewed 9,807 times

    I will preface this article with my standard disclaimer on the Keystone XL Pipeline project: I have no vested interest in the pipeline either way.…

  • Nigeria’s Future Depends On Electricity

    Published 25 February 2015 | viewed 16,052 times

    Africa’s most populous country will head to the polls on March 28th in the closest elections in Nigeria’s short democratic history. While security has dominated…

  • Despite The Risks Oil Shipments By Rail Have To Continue

    Published 21 February 2015 | viewed 8,974 times

    By now you have probably heard that a CSX (NYSE: CSX) train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota’s shale oil fields derailed and caught fire.…

  • Why Oil Won’t Go Below $40

    Published 05 February 2015 | viewed 17,489 times

    When I made my energy predictions for 2015, I made some very aggressive predictions. Perhaps the most aggressive was that the closing price of West…

  • Why $50 Oil Won’t Last

    Published 24 January 2015 | viewed 25,149 times

    In the past few weeks I have received numerous questions about the role of a “drop in demand” in the oil price decline. These questions…

  • Is President Obama Manipulating Gasoline Prices?

    Published 03 November 2014 | viewed 13,304 times

    The Rotating Roles of Accused and AccuserIt never fails during election season that when gasoline prices are falling, the party out of power and media…

  • How Much Longer Can KiOR Stay Afloat?

    Published 11 October 2014 | viewed 6,558 times

    A Lesson LearnedIf there’s one thing billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has learned over the past decade, it’s that the oil companies aren’t as stupid…

  • The Global Outlook For Biofuels

    Published 02 September 2014 | viewed 27,242 times

    Introduction to the GSRToday I want to take a deep look at the global biofuels picture, drawing mainly from the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report…

  • Why Natural Gas Prices Collapsed

    Published 14 August 2014 | viewed 10,243 times

    Today I want to provide an update on the natural gas picture, as prices declined sharply at the end of July. I have laid out…

  • US & Russia Dominating The Natural Gas Sector

    Published 29 July 2014 | viewed 7,323 times

    This is the 2nd installment in a series that examines data from the recently released Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. The previous post –…

  • World Sets New Oil Production and Consumption Records

    Published 10 July 2014 | viewed 11,388 times

    Last month BP (NYSE: BP) released the Statistical Review of World Energy 2014. This report is one of the most comprehensive sources of global and…

  • Where The US Got Its Oil in 2013

    Published 01 July 2014 | viewed 48,352 times

    How Much Oil Do We Import?As events in Iraq continue to unfold, we have been getting quite a few queries on just how much oil…

  • When the Wind Doesn’t Blow

    Published 11 June 2014 | viewed 13,757 times

    Every morning after I wake up, I have a routine. The first thing I do, regardless of how sleepy I might still be, is slip…

  • The MLP Parity Act is a No-Brainer for Renewable Energy

    Published 03 June 2014 | viewed 5,676 times

    Introduction to MLPSA Master Limited Partnership (MLP) is a publicly traded partnership with a tax structure that enables it to attract low-cost capital. The main…

  • Keystone XL’s Miniscule CO2 Impact and the Bigger Picture

    Published 12 February 2014 | viewed 10,737 times

    A Disproportionate ResponseI had intended to write an article today outlining some potential solutions to the Midwest’s ethanol predicament, but some recent exchanges on Twitter…

  • The Battle between Oil Sands and the Environment

    Published 12 November 2013 | viewed 10,224 times

    I spent the past week in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was there as a guest of the…

  • How the 1973 Oil Embargo Still Affects US Energy Agenda Today

    Published 24 October 2013 | viewed 59,132 times

    America’s Wake Up CallForty years ago Americans were getting a wake up call on energy security. For the first time, the point was being driven…

  • The Reason for the ‘Fall’ in Gas Prices

    Published 09 October 2013 | viewed 35,700 times

    Fall Means Falling Gasoline PricesFall is always a welcome change of pace for most people after a long, hot summer. Not only from the temperatures,…

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