Shale Growth Projected to Stall By 2021

Earlier this summer, it seemed that U.S. shale oil growth was beginning to slow. But then production growth picked back up headed into the fall, and is presently at 12.6 million barrels per day (BPD) […]

What Is Aramco Worth?

Last week Saudi Arabia’s national oil company Aramco announced its intention to publicly offer shares on the Riyadh stock exchange. The IPO has been pending for several years, but many questions still abound. One of […]

Exxon Knew. Did They, Though?

When I worked for the oil industry, I began to see things differently from the inside. The image in my mind of “Big Oil” began to be challenged immediately through personal experience. To this day, […]

Biofuels: An Environmental and Economic Catch 22?

Earlier this month, France’s constitutional court upheld a law cutting palm oil from the country’s list of approved biofuels and eliminating associated tax exemptions. The court rejected an appeal by French energy company Total, which […]

What Is Causing Ethanol Demand To Decline?

If you ask politicians in the corn belt, or those who produce corn or ethanol, they know exactly where to place the blame for their recent troubles: The oil industry. To recap, the Renewable Fuel […]

The Lead-Acid Battery’s Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Following my recent article – Lead-Acid Batteries Are On A Path To Extinction – I received an email from Battery Council International (BCI), the trade association for lead battery manufacturers, recyclers and suppliers. Members directly […]

Floating Nuclear Power Plants Could Save Numerous Lives

Last month the Akademik Lomonosov, a first-of-its-kind floating nuclear plant built by Russian state nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, arrived at Pevek, a port town on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. There, the plant is […]

The Existential Threat To Lead-Acid Batteries

Batteries became an indispensable part of our daily lives during the 20th Century. But the pace of change has dramatically increased in the 21st Century with the development of new battery types. The resulting battery […]

Electric Vehicle Mandate, Anyone?

In my many discussions with ethanol proponents, they invariably push several narratives. Sometimes these narratives are sincere, but sometimes they are driven by glaring self-interest. Today I cover a quick way to understand their motivations. I […]

U.S. Crude Production Returns To Record Levels

Were it not for the explosive growth of U.S. oil production over the past decade, the recent attacks on Saudi’s oil infrastructure would have undoubtedly had a much larger impact on the world’s oil markets. Now, less than […]