Gasoline and some heating costs are expected to be relatively low in 2009.
Foreign licenses, such as the BBC's, could be yanked as Baku tilts away from the West.
But critics say the US should go slowly on a deal that would help a crucial trading partner for Iran.
As US forces pull back, Iran is expected to widen its influence in Iraq, despite the two countries' history of war and mistrust.
George Herring deconstructs US foreign policy.
Thousands of protesters are calling for the release of journalist Mundtadhar al-Zeidi.
The petroleum cartel said it will slash production by 2.2 million barrels per day in hopes prices will climb back toward $75 per barrel.