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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • U.S. Oil Market Suffering As The Trade War Escalates

    Published 07 September 2019 | viewed 47,298 times

    The ongoing trade war with China is impacting many industries. Market volatility is being exacerbated by President Trump’s pattern of vacillating between threats and cease-fires…

  • The Best Way To Play The Energy Sector Sell-Off

    Published 07 September 2019 | viewed 9,083 times

    Last week I received a news alert that highlighted the extent of the current bear market in energy stocks. Typically, late in a business cycle…

  • Why The Midwest Should Protect The Ethanol Market

    Published 25 August 2019 | viewed 16,665 times

    Today I want to conclude the recent series of articles on ethanol. Previous articles in this series were: Ethanol Industry In Free Fall Since President…

  • The Fatal Flaw In The Ethanol Industry

    Published 21 August 2019 | viewed 15,884 times

    Despite once being included on an “Ethanol Enemies List“, I would like to see a healthy U.S. ethanol industry. I think it’s important for the…

  • The Reason China Is Winning The Battery Race

    Published 08 August 2019 | viewed 14,065 times

    The world is becoming increasingly electrified. Not only are developing countries increasing the availability of electricity to their populations, but the electrification of existing transportation…

  • The No.1 Reason Why Oil Isn’t Trading Over $100

    Published 03 August 2019 | viewed 81,732 times

    One of the most important questions in the global oil markets revolves around U.S. oil production. There is probably nothing OPEC would like to know…

  • The Permian Boom Is On Its Last Leg

    Published 28 July 2019 | viewed 95,947 times

    There’s no question that over the past decade, the U.S. shale oil boom has had a tremendous impact on global oil markets. The surge of…

  • The World Can’t Let Nuclear Energy Die

    Published 20 July 2019 | viewed 20,625 times

    This is the final article in a series based on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Previous articles in this series covered carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum supply and demand, the production and consumption…

  • The Ten Countries With The Greatest Fossil Fuel Production

    Published 20 July 2019 | viewed 36,095 times

    Despite the rapid growth of renewable energy over the past decade, fossil fuels still dominate global energy consumption. According to BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019,…

  • Renewables On Track To Pass Nuclear Energy

    Published 13 July 2019 | viewed 14,147 times

    This article is the fifth in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. Previous articles in this series covered carbon dioxide emissions, petroleum supply and demand, the…

  • U.S. Increases Dominance In Natural Gas, Produces More Than Entire Middle East

    Published 10 July 2019 | viewed 13,314 times

    The U.S. became the world’s top natural gas producer as a result of the shale gas boom. In 2005, the U.S. was well behind Russian in…

  • The Biggest Oil & Gas Winners In Q2 2019

    Published 07 July 2019 | viewed 29,446 times

    The first half of the year is in the books. Following its best quarterly performance in nearly ten years in the first quarter, the S&P…

  • Despite A Boost In Demand, Coal Demand Remains Well Under Its Peak

    Published 06 July 2019 | viewed 24,589 times

    This article is the third in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply…

  • U.S. Accounts For 98% Of All Global Oil Production Growth

    Published 29 June 2019 | viewed 27,786 times

    Earlier this month BP released its Statistical Review of World Energy 2019. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources…

  • BP Chief Pushes Renewable Investment Boost

    Published 20 June 2019 | viewed 13,384 times

    Last week the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2019 was released, covering energy data through 2018. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major…

  • Renewable Capacity Moves Ahead Of Coal In The U.S.

    Published 19 June 2019 | viewed 10,309 times

    The revolution in renewable power hit a new milestone in April. Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released it’s latest Energy Infrastructure Update (EIU), with data through…

  • Energy Majors Face Off To Get A Piece Of This $40 Billion Deal

    Published 17 June 2019 | viewed 9,703 times

    With the sweltering summer heat advancing, Iraq’s electricity sector is in desperate need of an upgrade. Residents suffer significant daily power outages, which often makes…

  • America’s Most Important Natural Gas Export Market

    Published 13 June 2019 | viewed 12,387 times

    Recently the Trump Administration announced plans to impose a 5 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico unless “the illegal migration crisis is alleviated.”…

  • Is Now A Good Time To Buy Energy Stocks?

    Published 13 June 2019 | viewed 23,747 times

    It was only a month ago that I began advising investors to ease up on certain energy stocks, following 20 percent-30 percent gains since the…

  • Ethanol Industry Suffers Major Blow

    Published 03 June 2019 | viewed 17,421 times

    Ethanol supporters were certain conditions for them would improve following Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt had sued the EPA over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).…

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