Kurt Cobb

Kurt Cobb

Kurt Cobb combines two professional identities. He is best known for his work as a blogger, columnist, speaker and author focusing on energy and the environment. He also works as an independent marketing and publicity consultant and writer who has served an eclectic group of corporate, nonprofit, governmental and political clients.

In his role as a commentator on energy and the environment, he is a regular contributor to the Energy Voices section of The Christian Science Monitor and author of the peak-oil-themed novel Prelude. His work has been featured on a variety of sites including Resilience, OilPrice.com, OilVoice, Econ Matters, Peak Oil Review, and Common Dreams. He is currently a fellow of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. He has given countless public presentations and writes a widely read blog called Resource Insights.


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Kurt Cobb: Money Cannot Manufacture Resources

Disproving the fatal assumption central planners make
Monday, September 21, 2015, 11:12 AM

Author Kurt Cobb writes frequently on energy and the environment and warns that our current economic policy suffers from a fatal degree of magical thinking: sufficient new resources will emerge if the price is high enough. » Read more


Peak Prosperity

Jeffrey Brown: To Understand The Oil Story, You Need To Understand Exports

Peak Oil is very much alive
Sunday, September 13, 2015, 4:31 PM

Despite the attention-grabbing economic volatility that is grabbing headlines, it's important to keep our eye on the energy story firmly in focus. This is especially true as the headlines we regularly read about Peak Oil being dead " are "manifestly false" according to this week's podcast guest, petroleum geologist Jeffrey Brown. 

As concerning as the fact that global oil production has plateaued over the past decade, despite trillions invested in trying to goose it higher, are Brown's forecasting model for oil exports. His Export Land Model shows how rising internal consumption can swing (and has swung) countries from major exporters to permanent importers within a dizzyingly short period of time. » Read more



Marc Faber: The Global Economy Is Entering An Epic Slump

Losses are going to get ugly, fast
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:32 PM

Famed investor and author of the Gloom, Doom, Boom Report, Marc Faber, returns to the podcast this week to discuss the slowdown in the global economy, signs of which he claims are multiplying fast all around the world.

He predicts the next year is going to be an especially bruising one for investors, and recommends a combination of diversification and defense for those with financial capital to protect. » Read more


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Mauldin Makes A Very Basic Error on Shale Oil

Beware 'analysis' based more on faith than facts
Monday, August 17, 2015, 2:58 PM

There’s really nothing much more important than knowing where we are in the oil story…but if you follow the hypesters from Wall Street or the technology lovers, you're likely to be misled.  A particularly wrong piece of analysis was recently released by John Mauldin, who has both bought into the hype and loves technology.

He even singled out our friend James Howard Kunstler for being wrong, yet then goes on to be spectacularly wrong himself. » Read more


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That Roaring Sound You Hear…

Markets are shouting deflation
Monday, August 3, 2015, 8:05 PM

Ok folks, the deflation we’ve been tracking is gathering steam. We're now seeing new signs on a daily basis. » Read more


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Deflation Is Winning – Beware!

Expect the ride to get even rougher
Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:03 AM

Deflation is back on the front burner and it's going to destroy all of the careful central planning and related market manipulation of the past 6 years.

Clear signs from the periphery indicate that a destructive deflationary pulse has been unleashed. Tanking commodity prices are confirming that idea.  » Read more


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Assume The Crash Position

What this means for gold, oil, copper & real forms of wealth
Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:03 AM

Executive Summary

  • The entire commodity complex is breaking down
  • What to expect next
  • What will happen with gold
  • What all this means for the future

If you have not yet read Part 1: Deflation Is Winning – Beware! available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Commodity Bust


'Dr. Copper' is so named for the metal's uncanny ability to both diagnose current economic activity and deliver a prognosis on future activity. Right now, it's saying the patient is very sick and not likely to recover any time soon:

Copper has just broken through key support (in dotted circles) and looks like it could fall further. Notice the behavior of copper in 2008/09 and you’ll see that paying attention to copper is a good idea.


Oil has obviously fallen by a lot, with WTIC crude well under $50 again today, signaling ...  » Read more


Off The Cuff: Why Commodities Are Getting Crushed

Reports of econonic growth are 'fluffed-up fakery'
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:17 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • The Commodity Beat-Down
    • Why are gold, oil, etc so weak?
  • Fluffed-Up Fakery
    • Official economic reports are just pure fiction these days
  • The End Of The Long Cycle
    • The devastation when this bubble pops will be epic
  • Stock market roll-over?
    • It's increasingly looking like we'll finally see a material correction

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today. » Read more


Jim Rogers: Turmoil Is Coming

Predictions on the markets, gold, Greece & more
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12:11 PM

Two years since his last interview with us, investor Jim Rogers returns and notes that the risks he warned of last time have only gotten worse. In this week's podcast, Jim shares his rational for predicting:

  • increased wealth confiscation by the central planners
  • a pending major financial market collapse
  • gold's return as the preferred safe haven investment
  • more oil price weakness, followed by a trend reversal
  • Russia's rebound
  • a China bubble reckoning
  • agriculture's long-term value