Here’s a sentence that could have been written basically anytime since 1999: Gas prices are really high.
But this year it’s different. Like way too many things in 2021, it’s worse.
Per The Wall Street Journal, gas prices are up 50% YoY, the largest percentage jump in 10+ years.
Commiserate like it’s ‘08
Prices vary by state depending on local taxes, regulations, and energy infrastructure. Two stark examples:
- California, where the average price per gallon is $4.70
- Texas, where the average price per gallon is $2.98
But it’s not that simple
While tapping into reserves could help lower prices, American producers have been slow to ramp production due to pressure from investors to limit environmental harm, creating a lose-lose situation:
- Boost production and risk criticism for environmental damage
- Hold firm and catch flak for rising prices
On the bright side, analysts believe electric vehicles will be cheaper to make than gas vehicles as early as 2027, which could make the concept of gas prices (and endless complaints about them) a thing of the past.
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