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The oil rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon (2016), a film about the worst oil spill in US history. © Lionsgate

Friday essay: the Rise and Fall of oil in popular culture

The search for oil was once depicted in movies and books as a boys' own adventure. But as films such as Deepwater Horizon show, in an age of anxieties over fossil fuels, oil's story is now a darker one.
Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Reuters

What’s at stake in China’s claims to the South China Sea?

China claims ownership of almost all of the South China Sea and refuses to abide by a recent ruling calling that hogwash. Why does China want to control the sea so badly?
OPEC can’t stop the flow. Isaac Urrutia/Reuters

Is OPEC’s oil era over?

OPEC has been declared dead in recent months as the group of oil-exporters has been unable to agree on a plan to stabilize the market. But was it really ever alive in the first place?

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