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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

  • Could This Be OPEC’s Long-Term Goal?

    Published 08 June 2015 | viewed 8,745 times

    Delayed gratification is said to be a sign of maturity. By that standard OPEC at age 55 demonstrated its maturity this week as it left…

  • The Illusion Of A Rapid Energy Revolution

    Published 02 June 2015 | viewed 9,027 times

    Three recent news items remind us that energy transitions take time, a lot of time--far too much time to be shrunk down into a television…

  • Why Energy Costs Are So Important To The Global Economy

    Published 28 May 2015 | viewed 11,041 times

    Slowing productivity growth in the United States has been in the news in recent months. It has become a concern to policymakers because they believe…

  • China Is Cooking The Books On GDP Growth Figures

    Published 28 April 2015 | viewed 10,033 times

    Last year China reported the slowest economic growth in 24 years, about 7.4 percent. But the true figure may actually be much lower, and the…

  • The Fatal Flaw In The Climate Change Debate

    Published 14 April 2015 | viewed 14,529 times

    Everyone loves a courtroom drama--especially one that pits a feisty, but a determined criminal defense attorney against the awesome power of a prosecutor who has…

  • One Of The Most Worrying Trends In Energy

    Published 07 April 2015 | viewed 15,395 times

    It should seem obvious that it takes energy to get energy. And, when it takes more energy to get the energy we want, this usually…

  • The Uncomfortable Truth Behind Flat Carbon Emissions

    Published 31 March 2015 | viewed 7,883 times

    Last week we learned that maybe, just maybe, global carbon emissions were flat in 2014 even though the global economy supposedly grew by 3 percent.…

  • Oil Price Speed Limit Presaging An Age Of Austerity?

    Published 23 March 2015 | viewed 13,655 times

    It is a staple of oil industry apologists to say that the recent swift decline in the price of oil is indicative of long-term abundance.…

  • U.S. Shale A Marginal, Not Swing Producer

    Published 19 March 2015 | viewed 16,903 times

    Most people have heard the old saying: "You can put lipstick on a pig. But it's still a pig." That's sort of what is happening…

  • Could This Be Saudi Arabia’s Best Kept Secret?

    Published 23 February 2015 | viewed 29,137 times

    It is popular these days to speculate about why Saudi Arabia cajoled its OPEC allies into maintaining oil production in the face of flagging world…

  • Reality Check For Both EIA And IEA

    Published 10 February 2015 | viewed 7,525 times

    Recent developments are beginning to undermine the supremacy of the world's long-running energy information duopoly and its perennially optimistic narrative. Policymakers, investors and the public…

  • Bad News For World Economy That No One Wants To Hear

    Published 02 February 2015 | viewed 16,352 times

    Reading the general run of financial headlines might lead one to believe that price declines in those commodities which are highly sensitive to economic conditions…

  • Why The World Needs Both Shale And Tar Sands

    Published 26 January 2015 | viewed 10,572 times

    What the current oil price slump means for world oil supply is starting to emerge. "Layoffs," "cutbacks," "delays," and "cancellations" are words one sees in…

  • A Word Of Warning About EIA Forecasts

    Published 21 January 2015 | viewed 15,184 times

    Put this in the category of things that can't be true, but that are nevertheless affirmed with a straight face: The U.S. Energy Information Administration…

  • Top Five Possible Energy Surprises For 2015

    Published 30 December 2014 | viewed 14,852 times

    The coming year is likely to be as full of surprises in the field of energy as 2014 was. We just don't know which surprises!…

  • The Hidden Costs Of Cheap Oil

    Published 15 December 2014 | viewed 18,705 times

    As a consumer of oil, you may regard recent sharp declines in the world oil price as a blessing. But... If you work in the…

  • How The US Could Beat OPEC But Won’t

    Published 09 December 2014 | viewed 15,723 times

    OPEC has declared war on American oil production with the intention of making the country more dependent on imported oil and on oil in general.…

  • Will OPEC’s Decision Lead To The End Of The American Shale Dream?

    Published 02 December 2014 | viewed 10,968 times

    To paraphrase Mark Twain: Rumors of OPEC's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Breathless coverage of the rise in U.S. oil production in the last few…

  • Russia-China Deal Could Kill U.S. LNG Exports

    Published 18 November 2014 | viewed 32,355 times

    Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals in the last six months as Russia turns its attention eastward in reaction to sanctions…

  • Why The Current “Oil Glut” Could Lead To A Price Spike

    Published 03 November 2014 | viewed 22,242 times

    Back in March 1999 "The Economist" magazine carried a cover photo of two men drenched in oil as they attempted to close a faulty valve…

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