Low oil prices have left oil mega-producers like Russia and Venezuela reeling, writes Nick Cunningham. Now, Russia's state oil company is giving Venezuela's state oil company a loan to boost production.
India offers a fast-growing market for oil from the Middle East, writes Charles Kennedy. The developing country's growing appetite for crude comes as Chinese demand is slowing.
Booming US oil production in recent years encouraged producers to ship their crude by train, writes Charles Kennedy, but a slump in prices and increased pipeline capacity have made rail transport less appealing.
Media outlets appear to be taking dictation rather than asking questions about which countries produced the most oil in 2014, Cobb writes.
Saudi Arabia is looking for an economic boost by opening its stock market to foreign direct investment. The OPEC mega-producer, which relies heavily on oil revenue, is weathering a low oil price environment.
Renewables could surpass coal, natural gas, and nuclear as the world's top electricity source in 15 years, according to an IEA report. Still, without bolder emissions cuts, the world is on track to blow past its global warming targets.