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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

  • An OPEC+ Surprise Cut Is Looking Increasingly Likely

    Published 05 December 2019 | viewed 9,733 times

    OPEC+ is considering deepening cuts by as much as 500,000 bpd, a more aggressive effort to head off a supply surplus in 2020. The rumors…

  • Shale’s Debt-Fueled Drilling Boom Is Coming To An End

    Published 04 December 2019 | viewed 61,184 times

    The financial struggles of the U.S. shale industry are becoming increasingly hard to ignore, but drillers in Appalachia are in particularly bad shape. The Permian…

  • What To Expect From The European Green New Deal

    Published 03 December 2019 | viewed 4,867 times

    The European Union is set to ratchet up its climate ambition, overhauling continent-wide regulation aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions. The urgency is palpable as…

  • Will The OPEC Meeting Yield A Bullish Surprise?

    Published 02 December 2019 | viewed 29,152 times

    Oil prices fell sharply on Friday on rumors that OPEC would decline to deepen the production cuts, but the rumor mill continues to churn. Over…

  • Two Factors To Upend Oil Markets In 2020

    Published 24 November 2019 | viewed 65,464 times

    The major forecasters see an oil supply surplus next year, but those bearish outlooks largely depend on the health of U.S. shale growth in 2020,…

  • Has U.S. Shale Seen Its Profits Peak?

    Published 21 November 2019 | viewed 12,003 times

    For the U.S. shale industry, the third quarter was more of the same: new record highs in oil production, but another quarter of negative cash…

  • Fracking Under Fire In California

    Published 20 November 2019 | viewed 9,564 times

    California Governor Gavin Newsom just dealt a blow to the oil industry, placing a temporary moratorium on new fracking permits in the state until scientists…

  • Is Big Oil Wasting Its Time in The US Shale Patch?

    Published 19 November 2019 | viewed 23,863 times

    Growth in the U.S. shale industry is dramatically slowing down, with cash-strapped drillers slashing spending and scrapping rigs. At the same time, the oil majors…

  • The Worst Is Over For Oil Markets

    Published 18 November 2019 | viewed 62,588 times

    Some analysts see the world dodging a recession next year, which provides some upward room for oil prices. Last week, the IEA warned last week…

  • All Eyes On OPEC As Another Oil Glut Looms

    Published 17 November 2019 | viewed 64,117 times

    OPEC+ is facing a steep challenge as it prepares to gather in Vienna next month. Global oil supply could continue to rise at a rapid…

  • The Uncertain Fate Of U.S. Shale In 2020

    Published 14 November 2019 | viewed 21,552 times

    There is quite a bit of disagreement over how much U.S. shale will grow next year, and a lot hinges on the magnitude of the…

  • IEA Sees $90 Crude Ahead Of Oil’s Downfall

    Published 13 November 2019 | viewed 95,956 times

    Global oil demand will plateau around 2030, according to a major new report, but the decline in demand is way too slow to head off…

  • The EIA Is Grossly Overestimating U.S. Shale

    Published 12 November 2019 | viewed 48,689 times

    The prevailing wisdom that sees explosive and long-term potential for U.S. shale may rest on some faulty and overly-optimistic assumptions, according to a new report.…

  • The Cure For Low Gas Prices Is Low Gas Prices

    Published 11 November 2019 | viewed 17,121 times

    Natural gas production could begin to slow in the U.S. after a decade of relentless growth. Financial stress continues to sweep over the industry, and…

  • Saudi Arabia's Final Attempt To Boost Aramco's Valuation

    Published 08 November 2019 | viewed 43,841 times

    Saudi Arabia is gearing up for the Aramco IPO, pulling out all the stops to boost the company’s valuation. But it’s a desperate attempt that…

  • Canadian Oil Prices Crash After Keystone Spill

    Published 07 November 2019 | viewed 57,271 times

    Prices for Canadian oil continue to sink as the Keystone Pipeline remains offline. The pipeline sprung a leak late last month, spilling more than 9,000…

  • The Drilling Frenzy Is Over For U.S. Shale

    Published 06 November 2019 | viewed 62,274 times

    A few high-profile shale executives say the glory days of shale drilling are over. In a round of earnings calls, the financial results were mixed.…

  • OPEC Braces For Drastic Drop In Oil Demand

    Published 05 November 2019 | viewed 102,892 times

    OPEC admitted that demand for its oil over the next few years could be drastically weaker than it previously thought, due to a combination of…

  • A Wave Of Unprofitable Oil Is About To Hit The Market

    Published 04 November 2019 | viewed 105,599 times

    The massive wave of investment that went into offshore oil projects earlier this decade may produce a lot of oil, but profits might not materialize.…

  • Oil Majors Are Ignoring Climate Targets

    Published 02 November 2019 | viewed 20,454 times

    The carbon bubble “continues to inflate,” according to a new report from Carbon Tracker. And yet no major oil company has aligned its operations with…

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