You can see from last year's consumption patterns how non-OECD countries are leading demand.
Back in the day, according to Platt's blog, global demand declined in Q2 as Westerners turned off the heat. But last year demand increased in Q2, coming off factors like the two-month Chinese New Year slowdown. The seasonal change promises to shift the way oil is stored and traded.
For Americans, it means high oil prices in a bad economy, which could lead to stagflation or a double dip.