As Oil Prices Fall, Who Wins And Who Loses?

Will Williams
Technology and Program Coordinator – Smart Energy Initiative

Despite ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, oil prices are now at a seven year low — good for consumers and a blow to some of the West’s most worrisome geopolitical adversaries. But on a greater scale, weak oil markets represent global economic uncertainty and the potential for volatility that affects businesses vulnerable to the global oil markets:


ca-fracking_custom-1661d8ab7e3ad49eb5903a4170b3d16f809c0678-s40-c85“Oil is still a uniquely influential commodity. Whenever prices move sharply in either direction, they unleash ripples around the globe that are both economic and political.

“We’ve had a three-year period of very stable oil prices,” Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations told NPR’s All Things Considered. “Three years is a long time. People were starting to believe that this was permanent. And they were wrong. So the big news is that volatility is back, that big swings are what we should expect.”‘

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