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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

  • This Is Why A Serious Decline In U.S Shale Plays Is Not Far Away

    Published 24 July 2015 | viewed 20,541 times

    The plunge in oil prices last year led many to say that a decline in U.S. oil production wouldn't be far behind. This was because…

  • The Story Behind Inflated World Oil Reserves

    Published 08 July 2015 | viewed 6,997 times

    There's an old joke about lab rats in which the teller says he or she secretly suspects that all lab rats are prone to cancer…

  • Global Oil Production Substantially Lower Than Believed

    Published 16 June 2015 | viewed 12,211 times

    Even the paper of record for the oil industry, Oil & Gas Journal, got it wrong. With the release of the latest BP Statistical Review…

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

    Published 08 June 2015 | viewed 9,097 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 9,181 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 11,338 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 10,102 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 14,877 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 16,286 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 8,036 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 13,759 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 17,404 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 29,390 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 7,650 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 16,667 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 10,718 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 15,526 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 15,576 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 18,905 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 15,886 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.…

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