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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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Chevron’s Financial Discipline
On May 22, 2023, Chevron announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with PDC Energy, Inc. Chevron will acquire all of the outstanding shares of PDC in an all-stock transaction valued at $6.3 billion, or $72 per share.
Clean Energy Provisions In The Inflation Reduction Act Of 2022
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 was signed into law by President Biden on Aug. 16, 2022. The IRA is intended to reduce the deficit and lower inflation. However, the IRA also includes significant climate change initiatives.
Understanding Energy Independence In Two Charts
Crude oil imports have been approaching a point in which further significant declines are unlikely because U.S. refiners prefer certain international crude oils over domestic crude oils.
Answering Questions On Energy Independence
The U.S. set new records for natural gas production in 2021 and 2022. That, along with the growth of renewables, are the main reasons we are still producing more energy than we consume.
U.S. Energy Independence Soars To Highest Levels In Over 70 Years
The topic of U.S. energy independence often sparks debate, with many believing that the country achieved this status under President Trump and lost it during President Biden’s tenure. However, recent data from the EIA provides a clearer picture.
U.S. On Pace To Set A New Oil Production Record This Year
The first third of 2023 has shown promising signs for U.S. oil production, with the potential to surpass the previous annual record set in 2019.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Debt Limit Bill Aims To Repeal Green Tax Credits
The “Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023” takes aim at many areas of spending, including the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Biden in 2022. This bill has been hailed as the largest ever investment into combating climate change.
OPEC Is Back In The Driver’s Seat
A depleted SPR means that OPEC is in a stronger position to boost oil prices by cutting production. Earlier this month, that’s exactly what happened.
How Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Impacted Gasoline Prices
Gasoline prices began a steep climb within a week of Russia’s invasion. In the midst of that initial climb, President Biden signed an Executive Order to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States.
Nuclear Power Gets A Boost In The United States
The U.S. has been the world’s leading producer of nuclear energy, with a 29% global share in 2021. However, after rapid growth from 1965 to 2000, nuclear power growth in the U.S. has been stalled for the past 20 years. That should change this year.
Isn’t It Time To Refill The Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
Not refilling the SPR leaves the U.S. with a significantly lower insurance policy against any oil supply disruptions.
Inside Venezuela’s Contradictory Oil Industry
Venezuela’s heavy crude oil is especially prized by US refiners. How is it that a country with so much oil produces so little? And why has the country seen its oil production plummet by more than 75% over the past decade?
The U.S. Will Still Run Predominantly On Oil A Decade From Now
We aren’t going to just need oil a decade from now. We are still going to be overwhelmingly dependent on oil a decade from now. Our energy policies should reflect this reality.
If Chevron Can Sell Shares, Why Can’t They Buy Them Back?
In January, Chevron announced fourth quarter and full year 2022 results. Chevron earned a record $36.5 billion profit in 2022, more than doubling 2021 earnings. Chevron also announced a $75 billion stock buyback. Yet, this has received criticism.
Energy Sector Predictions For 2023
The major trends this year will be the ongoing war in Ukraine, the continuing battle to tame inflation, and the energy sector transition to a lower-carbon future.
2022 Saw The Second Highest Oil Production In U.S. History
Now that 2022 is behind us, we can review the final numbers for U.S. oil production.
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