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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • The U.S. Desperately Needs To Revamp Its Energy Policies

    Published 04 June 2022 | viewed 29,980 times

    About a decade ago, a friend asked how high I thought gasoline prices might rise. I said “One day you will pay $10 a gallon…

  • Is $5 Gas Inevitable?

    Published 29 May 2022 | viewed 18,429 times

    As Russian troops were massing on Ukraine’s border back in February, I wrote Russia Is A Major Supplier Of Oil To The U.S. I warned:…

  • How Sanctions Have Increased Russia’s Oil And Gas Revenue

    Published 25 May 2022 | viewed 9,658 times

    As I warned in my February article Russia Is A Major Supplier Of Oil To The U.S., Russia could potentially benefit from the sanctions on…

  • Gasoline Prices May Have Finally Peaked

    Published 09 May 2022 | viewed 15,193 times

    Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions on Russian oil, the price of crude oil rapidly climbed above $120 a barrel. Gasoline prices…

  • Is It Fair To Blame Oil Companies For High Prices?

    Published 02 May 2022 | viewed 13,127 times

    With oil prices still over $100 a barrel, one thing is certain. Oil companies are going to make big profits. But misconceptions abound about the…

  • Germany Bets Big On One Energy Hub To Reduce Reliance On Russian Gas

    Published 19 April 2022 | viewed 37,741 times

    The ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia have highlighted Europe’s vulnerability when it comes to energy security. At present, the EU…

  • Trees: An Overlooked Source of Renewable Power

    Published 18 April 2022 | viewed 7,402 times

    One of the more controversial renewable energy resources is woody biomass, such as trees. It shouldn’t be, because biomass can be a highly sustainable resource…

  • What’s Next For America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve?

    Published 05 April 2022 | viewed 6,435 times

    I have often noted that presidents have few ways to impact gasoline prices in the short term. However, one of the ways they can make…

  • U.S. Drilling Activity Has Risen 60% In One Year

    Published 04 April 2022 | viewed 15,524 times

    One of the latest lines of attack in the finger-pointing over rising gasoline prices goes like this: U.S. oil companies are sitting on a huge…

  • Are You Really Being ‘Gouged’ At The Gas Pump?

    Published 28 March 2022 | viewed 52,620 times

    I have gotten a lot of questions recently about when we may see some relief at the gasoline pump. Complaints have grown in recent days,…

  • Is Biden To Blame For Soaring Gasoline Prices?

    Published 21 March 2022 | viewed 15,223 times

    One year ago this week I wrote an article that turned out to be my most popular Forbes article ever: Who Is To Blame For…

  • The Real Reason U.S. Oil Producers Are Exercising Caution

    Published 17 March 2022 | viewed 30,505 times

    In the months leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. oil production hit an all-time high of just below 13 million barrels per day (BPD).…

  • EIA: The U.S. Is Still Energy Independent

    Published 15 March 2022 | viewed 7,942 times

    Last December I covered the nuances of U.S. energy independence. A common belief that I encounter is that President Trump made us energy independent, but…

  • Here’s How Biden Could Bring Oil Prices Down

    Published 10 March 2022 | viewed 31,501 times

    If you have ever wondered what it would be like if a major oil-producing country suddenly went offline, you are getting a preview of that…

  • Canceling Keystone XL May Have Been Biden’s Biggest Blunder

    Published 08 March 2022 | viewed 43,918 times

    Some readers won’t get past the headline before rendering the opinion that I obviously don’t care about climate change. That is false. My views on…

  • The World Needs American Oil Now More Than Ever

    Published 06 March 2022 | viewed 29,774 times

    In an ideal world, developed countries like the U.S. and Germany will continue to rapidly deploy renewable power and electric vehicles. Fossil fuel usage will…

  • Can The U.S. Replace Russian Oil Imports?

    Published 28 February 2022 | viewed 27,911 times

    Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, one of the issues being discussed a lot in the West is what an ongoing military conflict may do to…

  • Could Nuclear Power Be The Answer To Rising Energy Demand?

    Published 17 February 2022 | viewed 3,237 times

    Between 2009 and 2019, global consumption of renewable energy grew at an annual average of 13.4%. Over that time, renewable energy consumption grew from 8.2…

  • How Long Will High Oil Prices Last?

    Published 12 February 2022 | viewed 81,881 times

    The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) opened 2022 at about $75 a barrel (bbl). Last week, the price rose above $90/bbl for the first…

  • Is A Lithium Cartel Inevitable?

    Published 25 January 2022 | viewed 3,065 times

    The more people I speak with about lithium, the bigger this story gets. Following my previous article — How The U.S. Is Losing The Lithium…

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