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A new oil order has emerged over the past few years as oil prices have taken a plunge of about 60%. U.S., world’s one of key importer is about to become a major exporter of hydrocarbons. OPEC cartel, which has historically been a key player politically and price maker, losing its relevance and pricing power. On the energy front, renewables and gas becoming key challenger to oil’s global dominance. Moreover, this lower price is hitting energy exporters harder, creating global economic vulnerabilities. This new oil price and geo-political order demand greater analysis, which is the main focus of this series.

Oil in Global Economy Series

Russia's oil is in long-term decline – and the war has only added to the problem

Jul 04, 2022 16:33 pm UTC| Economy

Immediately after Russias invasion of Ukraine, world oil prices jumped above US$100 per barrel, hitting US$130 for Brent crude on March 8. The prevailing fear was that substantial Russian supplies would be lost to the...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Expect more power price hikes – a 1970s-style energy shock is on the cards

May 28, 2022 11:21 am UTC| Economy

Yesterday the Australian Energy Regulator increased the default market offers that apply to electricity retailers in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland by 8% to 18%, depending on type of tariffs and...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Just Stop Oil: protests will be even more disruptive if they kick off panic buying

Apr 16, 2022 02:23 am UTC| Economy

Protesters from the climate activist groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have blocked at least 11 fuel depots across England and disrupted supplies (though its always tough to quantify exactly how much disruption...

Oil in Global Economy Series

What will the fuel excise cut save you? Not as much as the Treasurer says

Apr 05, 2022 11:52 am UTC| Economy

As an appeal to middle Australia, to the voters politicians routinely describe as working families or battlers, the Morrison governments centrepiece budget move to halve the fuel excise for six months has obvious...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Would gas tax breaks make a big difference when prices are skyrocketing?

Mar 27, 2022 14:36 pm UTC| Economy

With gasoline prices trending over US$4 per gallon nationwide, politicians are feeling the heat. In response, Maryland and Georgia have temporarily waived their state gasoline taxes to reduce the burden on consumers. Other...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil price shocks have a long history, but today's situation may be the most complex ever

Mar 12, 2022 11:27 am UTC| Economy

The world is in the grip of an oil price shock. In just a few months, prices have risen from US$65 a barrel to over $130, causing fuel costs to surge, inflationary pressure to rise and consumer tempers to flare. Even...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Ukraine: 'I'm surprised the oil price hasn't hit US$130 a barrel yet' – energy trading expert Q&A

Feb 26, 2022 10:00 am UTC| Economy

Energy prices shot up after Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked the world by ordering a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Oil is trading over US$100 (75) a barrel for the first time since 2014 and natural gas prices...

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Economy

LG Energy, Isuzu Motors ink deal for $765M EV battery supply

LG Energy Solution Ltd., a South Korean battery manufacturing company, has signed a deal with Japans Isuzu Motors for the supply of batteries for its electric vehicles. It was reported that the Japanese automaker decided...

CJ ENM, The Sandbox team up to build metaverse in LAND

CJ ENM signed a deal with The Sandbox to promote its TV programs in the metaverse. The South Korean entertainment company announced their partnership on Monday, July 4. The Sandbox was initially launched as a 3D game in...

Yum Brands in advanced talks to sell KFC in Russia

KFCs parent company, Yum Brands Inc., revealed on Tuesday, July 5, that it is close to selling its fried chicken restaurant business in Russia. The company confirmed it is already in advanced talks to transfer franchise...

SAS Scandinavian airline files for bankruptcy amid strike staged by the pilots

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 in the United States as its pilots stage a strike that has grounded flights. The company made the move to push and hasten its company restructuring plans. According to...

Kanye West served a burger restaurant a cease and desist order, forcing it to change its brand name and logo

Kanye West reportedly forced an Australian burger restaurant to stop using its name and logo by serving it with a cease and desist order. The American rapper and producer asked the College Dropout Burgers to stop using its...

Politics

NATO in talks to set up naval base in Albania, says PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Friday last week that they were having discussions with NATO about building a naval base at a port that is under construction on the Adriatic Coast for the alliance. This also comes...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukrainian flag will be raised on Snake Island after withdrawal of Russian forces

In the midst of the advances Russia has claimed to make in its war with Ukraine, Kyiv has also made gains in the heavy conflict centered on its eastern territory. Ukraines military said the Ukrainian flag would soon be...

European Union to establish platform for rebuilding of Ukraine

The European Union is already looking to address efforts to rebuild Ukraine as it continues to resist the aggression by Russian forces. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU would be setting up a...

North Korea blasts US-South Korea-Japan agreement on enhanced military cooperation

North Korea has continued to accuse the United States of trying to establish a military alliance similar to NATO as of late. Pyongyang has made the accusation again following the agreement by the US, South Korea, and Japan...

Science

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Technology

Coca-Cola to launch Pride Series NFTs

Coca-Cola will be launching 136 Pride series NFTs in collaboration with designer and advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, Rich Mnisi. Some of the NFTs are already listed on OpenSea. The Coca-Cola Pride Series NFTs have a...

Apple Watch Series 8 could gain body temperature sensor, report says

The Apple Watch Series 8 may be gaining a new health sensor that could be helpful amid the ongoing pandemic. A new report suggests Apple could ship its next generation of smartwatches with a new feature that can monitor...

Report: AirPods Pro 2 will not feature a heart rate monitor

The rumored heart rate monitor feature on the AirPods Pro 2 is reportedly unlikely to become a reality this year. But it could be something that Apple would introduce in future versions of the true wireless...

EA unveils ‘Skate 4’ ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ gameplay trailer

Skate 4 was announced nearly two years ago, but fans might still have to wait a long time before the game is released. EA and developer Full Circle released the latest trailer for the game, but it is not the usual teaser...

MacBook Air with M2 chip could arrive in stores in mid-July

The retail launch of the redesigned MacBook Air is reportedly close, with new information claiming that Apple fans will soon be able to pre-order the device. It appears that the tech giant is on track to release the new...
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