Chief Investment Strategist, Investing Daily

Robert is no armchair analyst—he has two decades of in-the-trenches experience in a wide range of fossil fuel and biofuel technologies, including refining, natural gas production, gas-to-liquids, ethanol production and butanol production.

During a six-year stretch at ... more


“Exxon Made More Money Than God” — But Far Less Than Apple
ExxonMobil is selling a product whose price is set in the global commodity markets. They earn a fraction of Apple’s profits.
A Simple Way To Offset Higher Gas Prices
We all know that gasoline and diesel prices are higher than they have ever been. At the same time, oil companies are reporting record profits.
We Need Win-Win Energy Policies
What we are seeing right now is one of the possible consequences of the energy transition. When alternatives don’t scale up fast enough to fill the gap between oil supply and demand, oil prices skyrocket.
Why $5 Gasoline Looks Inevitable
Following the decision to stop importing Russian oil, there has been a number of cascading effects. The loss of distillates, gasoline, and gasoline ingredients has refiners scrambling to make up a deficit.
Gasoline Prices Have Probably Peaked For Now
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 which had already been climbing since bottoming out in April 2020 rapidly followed.
If Oil Companies Control Prices, Why Do They Ever Lose Money?
With oil prices still over $100 a barrel, one thing is certain. Oil companies are going to make big profits.


Latest Comments
Why The Shale Boom Left California Behind
3 years ago

It would be possible to inject the water deeper, but they don't do it for economic reasons. But there are places where the fault is near the oil-producing zone. In those cases, it's the fracking that can directly cause an earthquake. Not sure of the situation in California, but it would in any case be a touchy subject.

Why The Shale Boom Left California Behind
3 years ago

I actually discuss this in the presentation. I didn't get into it here, because it requires a bit more nuance than "fracking causes earthquakes." So in the presentation I explain that most of the earthquakes in Oklahoma are a result of wastewater injection, but fracking itself has been implicated in some earthquakes (a small portion in Oklahoma) but a higher percentage in other shale plays. I just didn't want to get into all that in this article.

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Work Experience

Director of Environment, Health, and Safety
Proteum Energy, LLC
September 2020 - Present (1 year 10 months)

Responsible for ensuring that Proteum Energy's patented flare and waste gas processing system meets all applicable environmental and safety standards, while ensuring our employees remain safe and healthy. In addition to serving as EHS Director, I am involved in engineering and business development for the company.

Chief Investment Strategist
The Energy Strategist
October 2012 - Present (9 years 10 months)

This is a job I do in addition to my regular job with Advanced Green Innovations. I write weekly newsletters and help manage investment portfolios.

Chief Investment Strategist
Investing Daily
October 2012 - Present (9 years 10 months)

This is a job I do in addition to my regular job. I write weekly newsletters and help manage investment portfolios.

Director of Alternative Fuels Technology
Advanced Green Innovations
September 2014 - December 2019 (5 years 4 months)

Responsible for the selection and development of alternative fuels that are appropriate for fueling the company's ZHRO injectors.

Chief Technology Officer
Merica International
July 2009 - September 2014 (5 years 3 months)

Merica International is a privately-held energy company based in Hawaii. We are involved in a wide variety of energy-related projects, with a core focus on the localized use of biomass to energy for the benefit of local populations.

Board Member
Merica Technologies Pte. Ltd.
January 2010 - August 2013 (3 years 8 months)

Renewable Energy and Forestry


Texas A&M University
Chemistry and Math
Texas A&M University
Master of Science
1991 / 1995
Chemical Engineering