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Chief Investment Strategist, Investing Daily
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Robert is no armchair analysthe 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 ConocoPhillips, Robert ran a ...more

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U.S. Oil Production Develops Massive Lead Over Russia And Saudi Arabia
The U.S. remains at the forefront of oil production, bolstered by its substantial natural gas liquids output. However, the shifting dynamics highlight the ongoing challenges and opportunities within the oil sector.
U.S. Energy Independence Soars To New High
The idea of U.S. energy independence remains a hot topic, even making an appearance at the recent presidential debate.
2024 Statistical Review Of World Energy Highlights
Although there were record increases in renewable energy generation, fossil fuels still maintained a dominant share of the energy mix, highlighting the slow pace of the energy transition.
U.S. Oil Production At Record Highs Amid Flat Growth
I have noted recently that U.S. oil production is presently at about the same level it was 10 months ago. In August 2023, the U.S. produced 13.0 million BPD of crude oil. That number has since declined. However, oil production is at record highs.
A Staggering Excess Of Oil By 2030 Is Unlikely
The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released its Oil 2024 report, which examines the global dynamics for oil supply security, refining, trade, and investment.
OPEC Is Trying To Outlast The Shale Boom
Unless there is a surge of production over the next couple of months, by August the U.S. will have essentially flat year-over-year growth in oil production.
OPEC+ Extends Production Cuts Into 2025
Although OPEC+ cuts and Middle Eastern tensions reduced global crude supply by nearly 6%, oil prices have dropped roughly 10% since peaking in early April.
ConocoPhillips Bolsters U.S. Shale Assets With Acquisition Of Marathon Oil
The deal, subject to Marathon Oil shareholder approval, regulatory clearance, and customary closing conditions, is expected to be finalized in Q4 2024.
Charting The Dramatic Fall Of Coal In The U.S. Energy Mix
The U.S. energy landscape has undergone a remarkable transformation since 2000. One area that has experienced significant upheaval is the consumption patterns of coal, natural gas, and renewables. This is the story of that transformation.
Why The Natural Gas Price Collapse May Not Last
Seasonality also plays a big factor in natural gas prices. Because natural gas demand spikes in the winter, producers use underground pressurized storage that builds inventories from spring until mid-fall.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve Is Not Being Refilled
The SPR is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy, and its oil stocks are stored in huge underground salt caverns at four sites along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.
Why The Big Oil And Big Tobacco Comparisons Are Ludicrous
With calls for legal action echoing those against Big Tobacco, the question of accountability looms large.
Biden Administration Bans Fossil Fuel Usage In Federal Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized a rule banning fossil fuels from new and renovated federal buildings. The law requires the phasing out of fossil fuel-generated energy consumption by 2030.
U.S. Oil And Gas Production Again On A Record Pace
Last year marked a record for U.S. oil production with an average daily production of 12.93 million barrels per day. However, current data shows that average daily production in 2024 is 13.12 million bpd — 7.1% ahead of the level of a year ago.
What Ever Happened To Master Limited Partnerships?
A decade ago, master limited partnerships (MLPs) were a favored investment class for income investors. They have unique tax advantages that resulted in significant advantages over other income equities. What ever happened to them?
The Best Performing Energy Stocks Of Q1 2024
After lagging in 2023, the energy sector returned to the top of all sector returns in Q1 with a 13.5% return. This was driven by rising oil prices during the quarter. All segments of the energy sector were up, but the refiners were outstanding.
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