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Kurt Cobb

Resource Insights

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Kurt Cobb

Kurt Cobb is a freelance writer and communications consultant who writes frequently about energy and environment. His work has also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Resilience, Le Monde Diplomatique, TalkMarkets, Investing.com, Business Insider and many other places. He is the author of an oil-themed novel entitled Prelude and has a widely followed blog called Resource Insights. He is currently a fellow of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.

Latest articles from Kurt

  • Can The World Really “Adapt” To Climate Change?

    Published 04 August 2022 | viewed 3,167 times

    Climate change deniers have had to adjust their story in recent years as the effects of climate change have become more and more apparent to…

  • Technology vs Scarcity: The Worrying Reality Of Exponential Growth

    Published 17 July 2022 | viewed 9,153 times

    Half of all the oil consumed since the dawn of the modern oil age in 1859 has been consumed from 1998 through 2021 inclusive based…

  • U.S. Oil And Gas Exports Are Fueling Higher Domestic Prices

    Published 22 June 2022 | viewed 7,626 times

    The U.S. oil and natural gas industry long fought for and in the last decade finally won release from federal restrictions that limited exports. The…

  • Resource Scarcity And Rogue States Are Undermining U.S. Power

    Published 14 March 2022 | viewed 6,650 times

    There is nothing like a sudden decline in available oil supplies to bring out forgiveness in what is dubbed in and around Washington, D.C. as…

  • The End Of The Global Economy As We Know It

    Published 10 March 2022 | viewed 33,621 times

    At the beginning of nearly every war, including the current one in Ukraine, there are those who loudly declare that it will be over shortly…

  • Rising LNG Exports Are Becoming A Problem For Biden

    Published 08 February 2022 | viewed 8,207 times

    Few people noticed when energy reporters wrote in early January that the United States had become the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).…

  • Has The EIA Massively Overestimated The Potential Of U.S. Shale?

    Published 08 December 2021 | viewed 16,505 times

    Earth scientist David Hughes—who is out with a new skeptical report on the future of U.S. shale oil and gas—has two very important things in common with…

  • Why Wireless Charging Is A Waste Of Energy

    Published 13 August 2020 | viewed 2,961 times

    It turns out the cellphone industry believes its customers just can't be bothered with setting their phones in charging cradles or worse yet, actually plugging…

  • Wall Street’s Big Coronavirus Mistake

    Published 16 March 2020 | viewed 43,356 times

    Investment professionals on Wall Street spend their days reading financial reports and looking at numbers flash on screens. These numbers record the moment-to-moment changes in…

  • The Rise Of Resource Nationalism

    Published 26 February 2020 | viewed 7,237 times

    It wasn't supposed to be this way. The fall of the Berlin Wall was to bring about one, integrated world market where goods and services freely…

  • Peak Shale Could Spark An Offshore Drilling Boom

    Published 10 February 2020 | viewed 24,439 times

    John Hess, CEO of Hess Corporation, a large U.S.-based independent oil producer, recently told a Houston audience where he's putting the company's money these days: Offshore…

  • The Real Reason The U.S. Is Interested In Iran

    Published 07 January 2020 | viewed 72,690 times

    The American obsession with Iran is about oil and natural gas. If these two resources had been absent, it is hard to imagine such an…

  • The Glaring Problem With Ocean Floor Mining

    Published 24 December 2019 | viewed 26,472 times

    A recent article on undersea mining in The Atlantic brought back a detailed childhood memory. When I was in fifth grade, my class put on a sort of…

  • The Unintended Consequences Of Qatar’s Outdoor Air Conditioning

    Published 12 November 2019 | viewed 12,561 times

    Qatar is both a country and a peninsula that juts out about 100 miles into the Persian Gulf. It is precisely this geography which makes…

  • The Oil Mystery Undermining An Aramco IPO

    Published 28 October 2019 | viewed 16,245 times

    It's what you can't see—the oil beneath the Arabian sands—that potential investors in Saudi Aramco's on-again, off-again initial public offering (IPO) ought to focus on.…

  • Greed Or Incompetence: What’s Behind The California Power Cuts?

    Published 14 October 2019 | viewed 9,128 times

    Most of the news surrounding the electricity shutoffs in California—done to avert the ignition of additional wildfires by aging electrical infrastructure—has focused on two things:…

  • Can Oil Survive The Looming Economic “Ice Age?”

    Published 13 September 2019 | viewed 7,704 times

    Albert Edwards turned bearish on stocks back in 1996—well, not exactly bearish, but cautious. He recommended to clients that they overweight long-term, high-quality bonds and…

  • Will Shale Rise From The Dead?

    Published 12 August 2019 | viewed 50,177 times

    A flurry of coverage about the gloom and outright calamity in the shale oil business appeared last week. Low prices continue to dog the industry.…

  • The Dark Side Of The Digital Revolution In Energy

    Published 08 July 2019 | viewed 6,631 times

    The U.S. Senate passed a bill last week that would form a government-industry working group to "examine ways to replace automated systems with low-tech redundancies, like manual…

  • Shale Industry Has Destroyed 80% Of Its Value Since 2008

    Published 04 July 2019 | viewed 18,525 times

    Recently, the former CEO of the largest shale gas producer in the United States told a roomful of conference goers what any competent financial analysis would…

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