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Director of Alternative Fuels Technology at Advanced Green Innovations

I am a chemical engineer working in the energy industry. I have over 20 years of international engineering experience in the chemicals, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries, and hold several patents related to my work. I have worked in the areas of oil refining, natural gas production, ... more

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Discussion Of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Reserves Provokes Some Emotional Responses
While I have not proven that Saudi has 270 billion barrels of proved oil reserves, I think the evidence points in that direction.
How Much Oil Does Saudi Arabia Really Have?
Saudi Arabia’s official crude oil reserves numbers have been doubted by many for years, but those doubts may not be justified.
EC Who Will Feed The LNG Monster?
Natural gas production in the U.S. has exploded since the beginning of the shale gas boom. From 2005 to 2015, U.S. dry natural gas production increased by 50%. Natural gas prices fell in response.
How WTI Became A Player In The Global Oil Market
As U.S. crude oil production surged over the past decade, West Texas Intermediate prices became deeply depressed relative to international benchmarks.
Charting The Decline Of Venezuela’s Oil Industry
The problems in Venezuela’s oil industry can be traced back to several key decisions that took place over the past 20 years.
The U.S. Is Set To Become A Major Net Energy Exporter
The latest Annual Energy Outlook from the Energy Information Administration suggests that the U.S. is on the cusp of becoming a major net energy exporter.
How Regime Change In Venezuela Could Affect The Global Oil Market
Last week the U.S. recognized the opposition in Venezuela as the rightful ruler of the country. Here’s how that might impact the global oil industry.
Awash In Natural Gas
Natural gas inventories are returning to normal, and prices have plunged in response.
Gasoline Prices Under Presidents Bush, Obama, And Trump
President Trump recently asked if it was just luck that gasoline prices are low and falling. Yes, sometimes it is just luck.
HH My Energy Sector Predictions For 2019
As we begin 2019, the energy markets and the stock markets are experiencing incredible volatility.
OPEC’s Shale Problem
OPEC isn’t dead, but the U.S. oil production surge has broken OPEC’s stranglehold on global oil prices.
Why The Permian Basin May Become The World’s Most Productive Oil Field
It would have been unthinkable a few years ago, but here I explain why the Permian Basin may soon push Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oilfield as the most prolific in the world.
The Top 10 Energy Stories Of 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to review the top energy stories of the year.
The Oil Price Roller Coaster
Last week the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, the primary U.S. benchmark, fell to a 17-month low. The price, $45.88/bbl, marks a stunning fall from a price that closed at $76.40/bbl on October 3rd.
Trump States Are The Biggest Beneficiaries Of Higher Oil Prices
On the subject of oil prices, President Trump seems firmly stuck with a 2005 mindset, when the U.S. was the largest oil importer in the world. But times have changed.
How President Trump Is Undermining U.S. Oil Producers
President Trump seems determined to push oil prices as low as he can, but his policies have undermined U.S. oil producers.
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