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Wolf Richter

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Wolf Richter

Wolf Richter has over twenty years of C-level operations and finance experience, including turnaround situations and startups. He went to school (BA, MA, MBA) and worked for two decades in Texas and Oklahoma, and after an interlude in France, lived in New York City, Brussels, Tokyo, and finally San Francisco.

On his blog, he muses on economic, business, energy, and financial issues, debt crises, and other things that catch his eye in the US, Europe, Japan, and occasionally China.

He is the author of BIG LIKE: CASCADE INTO AN ODYSSEY, a “funny as hell non-fiction book about wanderlust and traveling abroad,” a reader tweeted. The story of an almost regular guy who loses his moorings in Japan. Available on Amazon.com.

Latest articles from Wolf

  • Wall Street Has A Dream For Oil Prices

    Published 10 February 2015 | viewed 10,044 times

    The price of oil has bounced 20% since January 29 when the benchmark West Texas Intermediate had dipped below $44 a barrel, but according to…

  • California’s Nuclear Headache is Only Just Beginning

    Published 10 October 2013 | viewed 29,078 times

    Meltdowns have almost no probability of occurring, we’re told incessantly; nuclear energy is not only cheap but safe. So, there are currently 434 active reactors…

  • Solar Crisis: Cheap Chinese Solar Panels Prove Defective

    Published 30 May 2013 | viewed 44,314 times

    The photovoltaic industry is in a perverse situation. To make power generation from solar competitive, prices of solar panels had to come down. Tens of…

  • LNG Exports: Obama Sides with the Oil & Gas Industry

    Published 20 May 2013 | viewed 7,830 times

    It was announced Friday afternoon, when no one was supposed to pay attention: after years of controversy, heated rhetoric, intense lobbying, and stiff opposition from…

  • Natural Gas Struggles to Rise from the Ashes of it’s Last Bubble

    Published 23 April 2013 | viewed 19,028 times

    Bubbles are a funny thing. Participants don’t see them. Outsiders shake their heads – until they themselves get sucked in. Central banks support or create…

  • The Coming Nuclear Waste Disaster

    Published 08 April 2013 | viewed 10,468 times

    Engineers around the world have done a great job developing nuclear technologies to serve mankind’s many endeavors: medical devices, power generators, naval propulsion systems, or…

  • France Predict Cost of Nuclear Disaster to be Over Three Times their GDP

    Published 14 March 2013 | viewed 24,119 times

    Catastrophic nuclear accidents, like Chernobyl in 1986 or Fukushima No. 1 in 2011, are very rare, we’re incessantly told, and their probability of occurring infinitesimal.…

  • Chevron Hit by Record Fine for Richmond Refinery Fire

    Published 02 February 2013 | viewed 7,992 times

    The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health just slammed Chevron (NZSE: CVX) with massive, record-breaking penalties related to the refinery in Richmond, California—the one…

  • As Coal Use Continues to Grow, China's 'Blackest Day' is still to Come

    Published 30 January 2013 | viewed 13,561 times

    The “Blackest Day,” is how The Economist called January 12 when the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Beijing rose to a record 755. It was…

  • Geopolitical Impacts of the US Oil & Gas Boom

    Published 21 January 2013 | viewed 14,114 times

    Much digital ink has been spilled about the oil and gas boom in the US, the result of ever improving fracking technologies, and whether or…

  • The EPA Cracks Down on Biofuel Subsidy Scams

    Published 21 December 2012 | viewed 13,928 times

    Corporate subsidies, in an era of fiscal-cliff attacks on Social Security and Medicare, have dodged attention despite their magnitude and absurdity. Take the renewable-fuels subsidy…

  • Following the Natural Gas Roller Coaster Ride

    Published 23 October 2012 | viewed 5,433 times

    On March 14, I shredded the natural gas components of the government’s Blueprint, a document that spelled out its energy policy, because it relied on…

  • Natural Gas Wars: A Look at Gazprom's Underhand Tactics

    Published 06 September 2012 | viewed 9,832 times

    Why would France suddenly prohibit shale gas exploration? Sure, there are environmental issues with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the methods used to extract gas…

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