It seems only logical that oil prices will eventually soar to $100 per barrel, again. But every pundit and investor who predicted such a move has been proven wrong time and time again. 

Now may be the time to ask whether or not oil prices will stay low forever. Looking at the macro environment from OPEC to China to the U.S., there's reason to think we're in for low prices for the foreseeable future.

The slideshow below shows the best arguments that oil prices aren't just an anomaly; they're the new norm. 

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