Oil shortages and price spikes have many victims.
Households, in particular, suffer as the price at the pump grows and products made with petroleum get more expensive.
While they languish, others prosper. Commodity investors are poised to win as oil prices spike, and the impact ripples throughout their marketplace.
The big winners, when oil prices and supply dips prove to be seismic and not just temporary, will be those involved with "green technology," including the hybrid and electric cars made by Toyota, Ford, Nissan, GM, Tesla Motors and Detroit Electric.
High energy costs also benefit companies in the space, leaders among them being GT Solar, First Solar, JA Solar, Sun Power and SolarCity, which counts Google among its investors.
Wind turbines would also gain more acceptance for industrial and home use, benefiting the (small, but growing) manufacturers such as Vestas, GE, Siemens and Southwest Wind Power.