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Robert Rapier

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Robert Rapier

Latest articles from Robert

  • Is Blue Hydrogen Better Than No Hydrogen?

    Published 13 September 2021 | viewed 2,268 times

    My previous article — How Blue Hydrogen Can Help Decarbonize The Economy — generated a lot of feedback and discussion on social media. Today I…

  • Is Blue Hydrogen The Key To Reaching ESG Goals?

    Published 02 September 2021 | viewed 1,466 times

    In the previous article, I discussed the growing importance of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) for companies. Perhaps no industry has a higher visibility…

  • The High Cost Of Ignoring The ESG Trend

    Published 01 September 2021 | viewed 2,163 times

    Environmental accountability has exploded in recent years. Climate change has been a dominant driver of this growth. There is broad agreement among nations that rising…

  • Renewable Energy Consumption Has Tripled In 10 Years

    Published 29 August 2021 | viewed 2,723 times

    The is the sixth article in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2021. Previous articles were: Highlights From The BP Statistical…

  • U.S. Coal Consumption Hit 60-Year Low In 2020

    Published 24 August 2021 | viewed 2,207 times

    The is the fifth article in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2021. Previous articles provided an overview of this year’s…

  • U.S. Natural Gas Dominance May Be Coming To An End

    Published 14 August 2021 | viewed 37,203 times

    The is the fourth article in a series on BP’s recently-released Statistical Review of World Energy 2021. Previous articles provided an overview of this year’s…

  • The U.S. Retains Its Crown As World’s Top Oil Producer

    Published 02 August 2021 | viewed 7,886 times

    Last month BP released its Statistical Review of World Energy 2021. The Review provides a comprehensive picture of supply and demand for major energy sources…

  • Explaining The Record Decline In Carbon Emissions

    Published 29 July 2021 | viewed 3,942 times

    According to the recently released BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2o21, global energy demand fell by an estimated by 4.5% in 2020. This is the…

  • 2021 Has Been A Stellar Year For Energy Investors

    Published 17 July 2021 | viewed 3,328 times

    The rocky times of 2020 are well behind the energy sector at this point. Last year there were many premature obituaries written for the energy…

  • The IEA's Seven Pillars Of Decarbonization

    Published 24 May 2021 | viewed 3,258 times

    Last week the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a new report detailing the steps that would be required to get the world to net?zero carbon…

  • The Nuclear Option For Hydrogen

    Published 04 May 2021 | viewed 5,801 times

    Hydrogen was thrust into the spotlight as a promising clean energy source by President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address.…

  • When Will Oil Demand Fully Recover?

    Published 29 April 2021 | viewed 9,307 times

    As the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread last year, I developed an idea. I hypothesized that the pandemic would cause a permanent dent in oil…

  • Energy Sector Sees Blowout Quarter

    Published 22 April 2021 | viewed 7,416 times

    After three abysmal quarters in 2020 — due to the triple whammy of an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, demand destruction as…

  • Why Gasoline Prices Often Rise In Spring

    Published 17 April 2021 | viewed 4,478 times

    Although it wasn’t strongly emphasized in the recent discussions on the rise in gasoline prices, those prices to rise nearly every spring. But why does it happen?…

  • From JFK To Trump: U.S. Oil Production By President

    Published 14 April 2021 | viewed 12,714 times

    Over the past 60 years, U.S. oil production has seen its ups and downs. From the decline that began in 1970 through the fracking boom…

  • Bush, Obama, Or Trump: Who Was Best From Gasoline Prices?

    Published 01 April 2021 | viewed 14,389 times

    Last week I filled up with gasoline, and the price was over $3.00 a gallon. It’s been a long time since I paid that much…

  • Why The West Is Worried About China's Renewable Energy Dominance

    Published 17 March 2021 | viewed 16,709 times

    Over the past decade, no major energy source has grown faster than solar power. According to the 2020 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, installed…

  • Why Gasoline Prices Will Continue To Rise

    Published 10 March 2021 | viewed 44,390 times

    This past week the national average price for regular gasoline rose to $2.71 per gallon. That marks an increase of $0.46/gallon since the beginning of the year. …

  • Is Biden’s Energy Plan Too Ambitious?

    Published 27 February 2021 | viewed 11,283 times

    You may count me among those who want to see society move beyond fossil fuels. We all know there are negative consequences associated with fossil…

  • Investment In Battery Tech Exploded In 2020

    Published 22 February 2021 | viewed 2,630 times

    Last fall Swedish lithium-ion battery maker Northvolt announced that it had raised $600 million in equity to invest in capacity expansion, research and development, and…

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