Kurt Cobb

Kurt Cobb is a freelance writer and communications consultant who writes frequently about energy and environment. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Common Dreams, Le Monde Diplomatique, Oilprice.com, OilVoice, 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.

Permian Basin fracking

Pincushion America revisited: The legacy of fracking on our drinking water

The toxic legacy of fracking is now making itself visible in our drinking water. Expect many more stories of contamination in the coming years.

September 24, 2023

Climate change and the hidden water cost of the Panama Canal

The critical importance of water transportation is coming into focus as lack of water cripples river and canal navigation.

September 10, 2023

Shelves of small bottles labelled as toxic, harmful and irritant.

How to poison the world (and get away with it)

The world’s regulators are running way behind in trying to evaluate and regulate the toxic chemicals in our environment. That’s a feature, not a bug in our regulatory systems

September 3, 2023

Power plant for hydrogen generation. Experimental wind farm of Sotavento. Galicia (Spain).

‘White’ hydrogen: The hydrogen economy zombie rises again

The fantasy that the world economy is going to switch seamlessly to hydrogen energy keeps recurring. The latest iteration is ‘white hydrogen.’

August 20, 2023

Shortage of cans in a Mexican supermarket following panic purchases, caused by the arrival of Covid-19 in Mexico (2020).

Thinking about a world of scarcity

As scarcity increasingly becomes an issue for many key resources, the call for government intervention is rising. That’s because the marketplace is failing in the face of scarcity brought on by geological limits and climate change.

August 13, 2023

Illustration of Hugo Gernsback's speculative article on what cities will be like in the future (1922).

Why I assume “fixes” meant to prevent collapse won’t work

The airwaves and internet are filled with “solutions” each day to the myriad interlocking environmental and resource limits humanity faces. A very tiny number call for extraordinary reductions in consumption. The rest aren’t solutions at all.

August 6, 2023

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