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Ross McCracken

Contributor since: 09 Nov 2018

Ross McCracken

Ross is an energy analyst, writer and consultant who was previously the Managing Editor of Platts Energy Economist

Latest articles from Ross

  • How China’s Oil And EV Policies Combine

    Published 20 March 2019 | viewed 3,052 times

    China’s continued expansion of its oil refining sector and its environmental policies often appear contradictory. On the one hand, it is the world’s leader in…

  • The IEA’s Search For A New Narrative Of Doom

    Published 13 March 2019 | viewed 3,805 times

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Oil 2019 report March 11, providing forecasts to 2024. The IEA paints an extraordinary picture of transition for…

  • Oil For Power: Bucking A Long-Term Trend

    Published 07 March 2019 | viewed 3,809 times

    Oil demand for power generation has been in long-term decline since 1990 as countries have gradually displaced oil with cheaper feedstocks, primarily coal and natural…

  • Oil Is Going Nowhere In Maritime Transportation

    Published 27 February 2019 | viewed 5,564 times

    What do Japan’s recent positioning in favour of open-loop scrubbers and the global trade slowdown have in common? They will both serve to slow fuel…

  • How Robo-Taxis Will Impact Oil Demand

    Published 20 February 2019 | viewed 5,569 times

    Vehicle automation is expected to have a huge impact on demand for energy in transport, but there is very little clarity as to what the…

  • LNG’s Downstream Glitch

    Published 13 February 2019 | viewed 6,052 times

    A slowing Chinese economy and upcoming elections in India could both impact a hitherto robust demand outlook for the LNG industry, which currently occupies an…

  • OPEC: Success Or Stagnation?

    Published 06 February 2019 | viewed 5,504 times

    Since the co-option of Russia at the end of 2016, OPEC has appeared resplendent, but it remains a far from perfect cartel with no real…

  • What Comes Next For Venezuela?

    Published 30 January 2019 | viewed 6,318 times

    Having written last week that Venezuela was staggering on through seemingly endless social and economic crises, an end game may finally be insight. It is…

  • Oil Market Recovery Is Far From Certain

    Published 23 January 2019 | viewed 9,810 times

    Brent has recovered some ground since the start of the year, despite continued concerns over the state of the world economy. In demand terms, the…

  • How The Transport Industry Is Shaping Oil Demand

    Published 16 January 2019 | viewed 5,539 times

    It has been a bad start to the year for UK car manufacturing. Iconic UK-based automaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced job cuts of up…

  • 2019 - Sell The Rumour, Buy The Fact

    Published 09 January 2019 | viewed 6,370 times

    2019 starts with a high degree of uncertainty over the path of the global economy. Leading economic indicators point to a downturn and US trade…

  • The True Complexity Of Plastic Pollution

    Published 04 January 2019 | viewed 5,429 times

    While the number of plastics regulations is proliferating globally, how to deal with the problem of plastic pollution is complex, particularly when viewed through the…

  • Plastic Pollution And Oil Demand

    Published 19 December 2018 | viewed 4,115 times

    Plastics pollution burst into the public consciousness in 2018, and is unlikely to retreat any time soon. Policy momentum to address plastics pollution has in…

  • The Real Impact Of Diesel Bans

    Published 14 December 2018 | viewed 15,535 times

    ‘Diesel bans’ should be in force in no less than seven German cities by the first half of next year. They follow measures introduced in…

  • The Conference That Overshadowed OPEC

    Published 07 December 2018 | viewed 3,404 times

    OPEC gathered at its 175th meeting on December 6 in Vienna. It had some tough decisions to make, and its oil ministers were undoubtedly keeping…

  • The Great Power Politics Behind Nord Stream II

    Published 30 November 2018 | viewed 4,297 times

    Nord Stream II is proving to be one of the most politically contentious pipelines of all time. The project is making gradual progress, but remains…

  • The Biofuel Directive Giving EU Oil Demand A Boost

    Published 21 November 2018 | viewed 3,181 times

    ILUC is a little-known acronym that strikes fear into the heart of biofuels producers. It stands for Indirect Land Use Change and describes a change…

  • China’s Transport Revolution

    Published 16 November 2018 | viewed 5,967 times

    China’s march into alternative transport is starting to producer some significant numbers. A combination of rising electric vehicle (EV) and LNG-fuelled truck sales will, by…

  • U.S. Shale Is Entering A Post-Expansionary Phase

    Published 09 November 2018 | viewed 6,105 times

    US shale oil production has surged this year, underlining the short-cycle nature of the resource, but what goes up can come down. Shale oil production…

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