Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez speaks to journalists ahead of the166th ordinary meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Will Venezuela default? Investors think so

Dec 23, 2014
Oil, whose price has halved in the past year, accounts for 95 percent of the country’s exports and 45 percent of the government’s budget.
Posted In: venezuela, Oil, oil prices, OPEC

How an oil rush made LA the city it is today

Dec 18, 2014
After first oil well was drilled in 1892, derricks became a symbol of Los Angeles.
Posted In: Oil, oil well, los angeles
Pumpjacks and wells are at work in an oil field near McKittrick, California.

The future of oil and gas after the boom

Dec 18, 2014
The price of oil is dropping. Good news or bad news?
Posted In: Oil, gas
A packaging machine sorts crayons while moving them toward individual boxes at Binney and Smith, maker of Crayola crayons.

100 uses for petroleum – and counting

Dec 18, 2014
Maybe we should be asking what isn't made from a barrel of oil.
Posted In: petroleum, petroleum products, Oil, barrel of oil
Oil workers on a rig in Midland County, Texas.

How the oil boom woke up a Texas town

Dec 18, 2014
Kai talks with Adrian DeLeon, the mayor of Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Posted In: Oil, texas, fracking, eagle ford shale
A detailed view of the Goodyear Eagle tires.

A circular argument: How cheap oil affects tire prices

Dec 18, 2014
If oil prices fall, will tires cost less? The answers are far from black and white.
Posted In: tires, Oil, petroleum, oil prices

Farmers feel ripple effects of the oil boom

Dec 18, 2014
Kai Ryssdal talks to commercial grain farmer Curt Mowery.
Posted In: farmers, Oil, oil prices
A used fuel barrel sits in the Yazoo River floodwaters near Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Oil prices scrape bottom of the barrel

Dec 18, 2014
Most of the cost of oil can be attributed to exploration, drilling and pumping.
Posted In: barrel, Oil, oil costs, barrel of oil
Anti-fracking demonstrators protest in New York City.

New York is first state to ban fracking

Dec 17, 2014
Kai sits down with Marketplace's Scott Tong to talk fracking.
Posted In: fracking, New York, Oil
Prices gases below the $3 sweet spot are displayed on Dec. 8, 2014, in Miami.

Where is your extra gas money going?

Dec 16, 2014
Americans are saving a buck a gallon on gas, giving them much greater spending power.
Posted In: gas prices, Oil, economic stimulus