How Low Oil Price Is Setting The Stage For Higher Future Oil Price
The flip side to low price elasticity is that a large change in prices is required to accommodate even small changes in demand or supply. A good example is the big drop in the price of oil between June and November 2008 in response to the drop in demand caused by the big drop in global economic activity (or for that matter. the big run-up in prices before June 2008).
Right now, we are seeing the first signs of a response to that big drop in demand, as gasoline demand is rising and drilling activity is collapsing. This has so far only resulted in energy prices being stable for the last few months, and not rising, as the continuing deterioration in economic activity in the U.S. and Europe is reducing demand. But once the global economy recovers, so will the price of oil, and likely very fast.