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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • Rising Ethanol Prices and the Lessons to be Learned

    Published 29 September 2010 | viewed 6,557 times

    I thought it was a bit humorous recently — when corn ethanol prices dipped and were cheaper than both sugarcane ethanol and gasoline (even when…

  • How to Destroy a Domestic Oil Industry: A Lesson from Hugo Chavez

    Published 28 September 2010 | viewed 7,182 times

    Hugo Chavez is putting on a clinic in Venezuela. The theme is “How to Destroy a Domestic Oil Industry.” I have warned for years that…

  • Peak Oil Interview With Robert Rapier

    Published 23 September 2010 | viewed 16,433 times

    Back in June, I gave a presentation on Peak Oil at the Global Footprint Conference in Siena, Italy. Following my presentation, I was asked to…

  • Respected Oil Analyst Forecasts Peak Oil by 2017

    Published 15 September 2010 | viewed 39,644 times

    Respected oil analyst and oil industry veteran Charles Maxwell (nicknamed the “Dean of Oil Analysts”) has forecast peak oil by 2017 or 2018: Bracing For…

  • Why Oil Prices Aren’t Dropping

    Published 13 September 2010 | viewed 8,248 times

    I saw a humorous story a few days ago: Oil Should Be Around $10 a Barrel The price of a barrel of oil would be…

  • Leaked German Military Study Warns of Peak Oil Crisis

    Published 03 September 2010 | viewed 12,559 times

    This week a study on peak oil by a German military think tank was leaked on the Internet. The document shows that the German government…

  • A More Rational Approach to Ethanol Policy

    Published 23 August 2010 | viewed 6,232 times

    In my recent post Thoughts on an Ethanol Pipeline, I described what I feel would be a more rational approach to ethanol policy than some…

  • Is Matt Simmons Credible?

    Published 27 July 2010 | viewed 27,622 times

    I am going to address a touchy subject in this essay, but I simply can’t ignore it any longer. I have noticed that a lot…

  • USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

    Published 08 July 2010 | viewed 16,718 times

    Over the past decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers in which they investigated the energy return of corn ethanol.…

  • Why Energy Independence has Eluded the U.S.

    Published 22 June 2010 | viewed 5,607 times

    I have noted before that every president since Nixon has talked about the need to get the United States off of foreign oil and moving…

  • Next Generation Biofuels: 5 Near-Term Challenges

    Published 09 June 2010 | viewed 7,992 times

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just issued a report detailing the outlook and challenges of next generation biofuels. I provided some input during…

  • The Death of BP?

    Published 06 June 2010 | viewed 11,900 times

    It was about six weeks ago that the man I work for walked into my office and asked what was happening in the world of…

  • EIA’s Energy Outlook for 2010 Reveals Disturbing Figures

    Published 15 May 2010 | viewed 14,892 times

    The Energy Information Administration just released their Annual Energy Outlook for 2010: Annual Energy Outlook 2010 It is about 220 pages long, and therefore I…

  • 5 Issues with Algae Fuels

    Published 12 May 2010 | viewed 42,035 times

    Here are 5 issues with Algae fuels that are covered in my new book on jatropha and algae as fuel sources. 1. The present cost…

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