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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • Can A Trillion New Trees Really Combat Climate Change?

    Published 16 April 2020 | viewed 10,876 times

    Last month I discussed the announcement by Jeff Bezos, founder, president and CEO of Amazon — that he would commit $10 billion toward fighting climate…

  • The Reality Of The End Of Oil

    Published 11 April 2020 | viewed 241,911 times

    The Oil Age has powered the world for well over a century. There have been two general schools of thought about how it will ultimately…

  • Demand Destruction Will Decimate Oil Prices

    Published 04 April 2020 | viewed 53,655 times

    I have been warning since January that the long-term ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on the oil industry could be significant and long-lasting.…

  • Oil Stocks Haven’t Hit The Bottom Just Yet

    Published 31 March 2020 | viewed 54,228 times

    It’s hard to overstate the nature of what has happened in the oil markets since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in early January.…

  • The U.S. Can’t Afford To Let Shale Fail

    Published 31 March 2020 | viewed 34,993 times

    It’s no secret that the growth of U.S. shale oil has been a thorn in the sides of both Saudi Arabia and Russia. They have…

  • How Chevron Could Win Big On “The Worst Oil Deal Ever”

    Published 19 March 2020 | viewed 91,516 times

    Last week someone commented to me that Chevron could now buy Occidental Petroleum cheaper than it offered to acquire Anadarko. There is an element of…

  • Why Didn’t Russia Just Cut Oil Production?

    Published 15 March 2020 | viewed 81,961 times

    Last week OPEC conducted meetings with a coalition of partners that have worked together to limit oil production since 2016. It was widely reported that…

  • Coronavirus Causes Unprecedented Oil Demand Destruction

    Published 09 March 2020 | viewed 13,012 times

    The oil markets have been anticipating a big impact on oil demand from the coronavirus outbreak. That’s why we have seen a 30 percent drop…

  • Why Russia Is Rooting For Bernie Sanders

    Published 08 March 2020 | viewed 32,233 times

    Recently Senator Bernie Sanders acknowledged that he had been briefed by U.S. intelligence on Russia’s attempts to interfere in U.S. elections on his behalf. In…

  • Spending Jeff Bezos’ $10 Billion For Climate Change

    Published 29 February 2020 | viewed 20,441 times

    Last week Jeff Bezos, founder, president and CEO of Amazon — and the world’s richest person — announced in an Instagram post that he would commit…

  • Is Energy Storage As Clean As We Think?

    Published 20 February 2020 | viewed 9,863 times

    Since the turn of the century, there has been a global explosion in the production of renewable power. According to the 2018 BP Statistical Review…

  • OPEC Aims To Balance Oil Markets Against All Odds

    Published 13 February 2020 | viewed 14,533 times

    As 2019 came to a close, oil prices were under pressure from the continued surge of U.S. shale oil. Although OPEC and its partners had…

  • The “Black Swan” Event That Could Unravel OPEC’s Efforts

    Published 10 February 2020 | viewed 31,465 times

    The book “The Black Swan” was written by former Wall Street trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb to describe rare, outlier events that can’t be predicted beforehand,…

  • Reinstating An Oil Export Ban Would Be A Disaster For The U.S.

    Published 03 February 2020 | viewed 14,504 times

    In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. A provision of this bill repealed a crude oil export ban that…

  • Oil Bankruptcies Are Reaching Worrying Levels

    Published 01 February 2020 | viewed 55,212 times

    Law firm Haynes and Boone recently released its updated Energy Bankruptcy Reports. These reports cover North American oil and gas producers, oilfield services and midstream bankruptcies from…

  • Could Oil Prices Fall Below $50?

    Published 29 January 2020 | viewed 30,628 times

    One of my energy sector predictions for this year was that oil prices would not drop below $50 a barrel. This may turn out to…

  • Which Is Safer For The Environment? Lithium-Ion Or Lead-Acid Batteries?

    Published 25 January 2020 | viewed 27,456 times

    Following recent articles I wrote on both lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries, I received significant correspondence about the environmental pros and cons of both types of battery. In this article…

  • Oil Will Stay Above $50 Per Barrel In 2020

    Published 16 January 2020 | viewed 24,747 times

    We begin 2020 with the stock market again testing record highs. We just finished a year in which oil prices rose by more than 30…

  • How The U.S. Has Reduced Its Dependence On Middle East Oil

    Published 15 January 2020 | viewed 14,083 times

    With tensions in the Middle East high, I have fielded a number of queries on how this might impact the world’s oil markets. Today I…

  • This Was The Most Successful Energy Niche Last Year

    Published 13 January 2020 | viewed 9,534 times

    I had originally intended on presenting my 2020 energy sector predictions today, but those aren’t quite ready. I expect to publish that column no later…

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