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Nick Cunningham

Contributor since: 04 Nov 2013

Nick Cunningham

Nick Cunningham is an independent journalist, covering oil and gas, energy and environmental policy, and international politics. He is based in Portland, Oregon. 

Latest articles from Nick

  • A Perfect Storm For Petrochemicals

    Published 04 June 2020 | viewed 7,726 times

    The oil majors have made huge bets on plastics and petrochemicals in recent years, but those investments look increasingly shaky following the COVID-19 pandemic and…

  • Are Investors Ignoring The Largest Financial Risk Ever?

    Published 03 June 2020 | viewed 14,312 times

    Financial markets are vastly underestimating the financial risk from climate change, according to the International Monetary Fund.  Global temperatures have already increased by 1.1 degrees…

  • U.S. Oil Drillers Restart Production As Prices Recover

    Published 02 June 2020 | viewed 40,419 times

    Shale drillers are bringing some shuttered oil production back online as the glut eases.  The total amount of shut-in production in the Bakken stood at…

  • Will OPEC+ Extend Its Historic Production Cut Agreement?

    Published 01 June 2020 | viewed 27,281 times

    OPEC+ is set to bring forward its meeting to Thursday, with a short extension of the current production cuts as the most likely outcome.  Originally…

  • The World Has Too Many Oil Refineries

    Published 31 May 2020 | viewed 30,343 times

    At the start of the global pandemic in March, refineries around the world had to cut back on processing amid collapsing demand. However, there is…

  • U.S. Shale Is Living Beyond Its Means

    Published 28 May 2020 | viewed 21,629 times

    Global investment in energy will fall by $400 billion in 2020, the largest single-year decline in history. U.S. shale will be hit particularly hard, with…

  • Have Oil Traders Abandoned Fundamentals?

    Published 27 May 2020 | viewed 19,685 times

    Oil prices are back at levels last seen in mid-March, and while fundamentals for crude have improved somewhat, markets have become too optimistic Market euphoria…

  • U.S. LNG Investment Suffers As Demand Dwindles

    Published 26 May 2020 | viewed 12,271 times

    U.S. natural gas exports are starting to run into trouble, with dozens of shipments canceled because of weak demand.  Roughly 45 LNG cargoes scheduled for…

  • $30 Oil Isn’t Good Enough For U.S. Shale

    Published 25 May 2020 | viewed 45,149 times

    The rebound of WTI from below zero back into the $30s led to a wave of bullish trading, with energy stocks rallying in response. One…

  • Oil Is Unlikely To Go Much Higher

    Published 24 May 2020 | viewed 86,589 times

    Oil prices have climbed nearly uninterrupted since late April, but the gains could be coming to an end.  On Friday, oil prices fell sharply, hitting…

  • Europe Set To Unveil Its $500 Billion 'Green Deal'

    Published 21 May 2020 | viewed 21,497 times

    The European Union is set to launch a down payment on a Green New Deal. As the world slips into a deep economic recession –…

  • Covid-19 Crisis Could Crush Brazil’s Oil Boom

    Published 20 May 2020 | viewed 14,423 times

    The coronavirus is spreading like wildfire in Brazil, and the country’s oil industry could get dragged down with it.  “Brazil has the worst COVID growth…

  • Permian Basin Leads Decline In U.S. Shale

    Published 19 May 2020 | viewed 17,779 times

    U.S. shale production is set to fall to a two-year low in the coming weeks, with the Permian basin leading the way down. In the…

  • The Oil Rally Is Running On Fumes

    Published 18 May 2020 | viewed 76,181 times

    Oil prices have surged to two-month highs on growing signs of a rebound in oil demand, as the easing of lockdowns spread worldwide. At its…

  • The State Hit Hardest By The Oil Crash

    Published 17 May 2020 | viewed 32,760 times

    The Texas economy has suffered a double blow from COVID-19 crisis and the collapse of the oil industry.  U.S. shale drillers had already planned on…

  • Oil Spikes Despite Pandemic Uncertainty

    Published 14 May 2020 | viewed 37,130 times

    Oil prices have stabilized due to a rebound in demand and the “spectacular” drop in supply, according to a new report from the International Energy…

  • Is EIA Data Disguising A Disastrous Decline In U.S. Shale?

    Published 13 May 2020 | viewed 54,436 times

    The Trump administration claims that the U.S. is “transitioning to greatness,” and that energy companies are going to see “massive gains.” U.S. Secretary of Energy…

  • Has Demand For Oil Already Peaked?

    Published 12 May 2020 | viewed 75,649 times

    Oil prices continue to rise on the prospect of a rebound in fuel demand as economies begin to reopen.  But there is a large difference…

  • COVID-19 Could Spark A Renewable Energy Boom

    Published 11 May 2020 | viewed 31,156 times

    There is a growing acceptance that the prospect of a V-shaped recovery is unrealistic. “A couple months ago I was optimistic, I was hopeful, that…

  • Trump’s Corn Crisis Is Back

    Published 10 May 2020 | viewed 43,430 times

    A bipartisan group of two dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to reject the demands of the oil refining industry,…

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