Oil may not escape a recession

Oil might get lucky for a while as there was underinvestment in oil and gas for a long time so even if the world economy tanks, it might catch a lucky break. But then again, oil is no monolith. The cost stack from source to market matters a whole lot. If your oil costs little at production but the cost to bring it to market is high, you suffer more than those who are producing while they are already in the market. If your oil gets used domestically and does not need to go onto international markets it may be part of a bigger whole where its production cost matters less. Low oil prices are more of a problem for those living off oil exports. 

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