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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

  • Wall Street’s Big Coronavirus Mistake

    Published 16 March 2020 | viewed 21,789 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 6,278 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 22,297 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 63,659 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 25,507 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 11,845 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 15,329 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 8,083 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 6,995 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 47,442 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 6,120 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 16,697 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…

  • IEA: CO2 Levels Hit Another Record High

    Published 27 May 2019 | viewed 14,670 times

    When the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported in late March that energy consumption in 2018 rose at the fastest rate in a decade, it confirmed…

  • The World’s Most Unorthodox Oil Nation

    Published 15 April 2019 | viewed 10,122 times

    In what seemed like an episode of the Norwegian television drama Occupied, Norway's largest political party joined smaller ones in the nation's parliament to prevent oil…

  • Can Anything Slow Down U.S. LNG?

    Published 07 February 2019 | viewed 20,779 times

    It is the legally mandated purpose of a for-profit corporation to make money for its owners and to prioritize that goal above all else. So,…

  • Is The Permian Bull Run Coming To An End?

    Published 28 January 2019 | viewed 34,311 times

    The bad news coming out of the shale oil fields of America could all be put down to slumping oil prices. That is certainly a…

  • Can U.S. Shale Overcome Its Cash Flow Problem?

    Published 01 November 2018 | viewed 19,613 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 19,904 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 101,599 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 14,594 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,…

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