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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 U.S. Shale Overcome Its Cash Flow Problem?

    Published 01 November 2018 | viewed 7,231 times

    I'm tempted to say the following to the writers of two recent pieces (here and here) outlining the continuing negative free cash flow of companies fracking for…

  • Was The Aramco IPO Destined To Fail?

    Published 01 August 2018 | viewed 15,393 times

    Since late 2016 the financial media has been abuzz about what would likely be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) ever: The sale of 5…

  • Is The Oil Industry Repeating A Critical Error

    Published 14 July 2018 | viewed 92,733 times

    Ten years ago this week—July 11, 2008 to be exact—the price of a barrel of oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit an intraday high…

  • The Harsh Reality Of A Global Energy Transition

    Published 19 March 2018 | viewed 12,104 times

    I recently asked a group gathered to hear me speak what percentage of the world's energy is provided by these six renewable sources: solar, wind,…

  • The Truth About U.S. Energy Dominance

    Published 05 March 2018 | viewed 14,261 times

    Much of the media coverage of the American energy industry implies that America has become a vast and growing exporter of energy to the rest…

  • Justifying Blockchain’s Energy Usage

    Published 22 January 2018 | viewed 5,749 times

    The near vertical rise and fall in price of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in recent months has been accompanied by reporting about the energy used to run…

  • How Vulnerable Is The Electrical Grid?

    Published 07 October 2017 | viewed 9,818 times

    When the electricity stops in modern civilization, pretty much everything else stops. Not even gasoline-powered vehicles can get far before they are obliged to seek…

  • Do Saudi Arabia And Russia Really Want Higher Oil Prices?

    Published 02 May 2017 | viewed 23,643 times

    The jawboning of oil prices by the Saudi Arabian/Russian tag team should be wearing off after more than a year of actions that don't measure…

  • Saudi Arabia’s War On Shale Never Ended

    Published 13 March 2017 | viewed 25,125 times

    Last week, when Saudi Arabia let it leak that the kingdom has no intention of leading OPEC toward another cut in production to accommodate the…

  • Is The U.S. Becoming Overdependent On Natural Gas?

    Published 04 March 2017 | viewed 12,005 times

    The story sounds familiar. For decades, oil and natural gas drilling have been proceeding and creating prosperity for those involved. At some point, significant earthquakes…

  • Australia’s LNG Woes: A Glimpse Into The Future For The U.S.?

    Published 18 February 2017 | viewed 9,924 times

    Two times last winter, Australians living in the country's eastern region paid more than twice as much for natural gas as did Japanese customers taking…

  • The Larger Problems Behind The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

    Published 22 October 2016 | viewed 24,968 times

    While watching the recently released film "Deepwater Horizon" about the catastrophic well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico that caused the largest oil spill in…

  • Saudi Arabia’s Fake Surrender: Why The Oil Price War Is Still On

    Published 10 October 2016 | viewed 53,232 times

    What do you do when everyone is bugging you to do something, but you don't want to do it? The simple answer is that you…

  • Is A Meaningful Rebound On The Horizon For U.S. Natural Gas?

    Published 15 August 2016 | viewed 18,506 times

    Cheniere Energy has long been my favorite contrarian indicator in the U.S. natural gas market. For those unfamiliar with the term, a contrarian indicator is…

  • The End Of A Trend: Oil Prices And Economic Growth

    Published 03 August 2016 | viewed 25,497 times

    It used to be that when it came to the world economy, oil prices and economic growth were more like distant cousins who disliked each…

  • Busting Media Myths On Peak Oil

    Published 23 July 2016 | viewed 24,753 times

    Almost synonymous with the term "peak oil" is M. King Hubbert, perhaps the foremost geophysicist of the 20th century, who first theorized about the eventual…

  • Are Energy Markets Responsible For The Brexit?

    Published 02 July 2016 | viewed 6,491 times

    The fretting in the financial markets after Great Britain's voters narrowly decided to leave the European Union (EU), a move dubbed Brexit, was less about…

  • How Far From An Electric World Are We?

    Published 13 June 2016 | viewed 9,279 times

    Recently, word leaked out that Norway may ban the sale of diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles by 2025. The move toward electric vehicles is part of…

  • Does The U.S. Have A Plan For The Post-Oil Era?

    Published 25 May 2016 | viewed 12,902 times

    The world's largest exporter of crude oil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently announced a plan for its post-oil future. If a country almost synonymous…

  • The Systemic Risk Created By Resource Corruption

    Published 16 April 2016 | viewed 4,010 times

    Corruption is a loaded word. One person's corruption is another's sound social policy. Some people believe providing unemployment benefits to laid-off workers corrupts them by…

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