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Energy got a lot more expensive in 2021

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

Compared to this time last year, we’re all paying a lot more to use all sorts of energy right now, whether it is gas for our cars or heating fuel for our homes. That is part of a global trend.

And NPR’s Camila Domonoske is here to explain why. Hey, Camila.

CAMILA DOMONOSKE, BYLINE: Hi, Mary Louise.

KELLY: So I’m struck by – I mean, this is something that affects all of us. You know, crude oil, prices per barrel – that can be hard to get your head around. But your heating bill is right there, staring at you from the kitchen table. How are things looking?

DOMONOSKE: Yeah. Overall, prices are up, like you said. It’s not the worst-case scenario that people were bracing for just a few months ago, and it’s not nearly as bad as the crisis that Europe has been seeing, but, yeah, compared to last year, if you look at gas prices, you’re up about 40%. Natural gas prices are up more than 60%. And natural gas, I should note – it’s used by about half the country for heating. But even more people have it feed into their electricity bill. So yeah, this is definitely something people can feel.

KELLY: And why? Why are prices so high?

DOMONOSKE: A lot of it is the same story that we’ve seen unfold across a bunch of different parts of the economy over the last two years. During the early days of the pandemic, demand disappeared really quickly. People stopped driving and flying. Factories shut down and didn’t need power. So supplies went down. But now that demand is coming back, supply is struggling to keep up.

In fact, if you look at, say, oil prices in particular, they’ve tracked so closely to the pandemic headlines that you can basically use them as a gauge for public sentiment. If people are optimistic that the pandemic’s ending, oil prices go up. Then you get delta or omicron news, and they go back down.

There are some other factors. Like in the oil industry, investors are really pushing producers to make less, keep supplies down so prices stay high to boost profits. It’s really different than the days of drill, baby, drill. That’s having an effect, too.

KELLY: Well, let’s just talk about what this means for all of us, all of us ordinary people staring, as I said, at this heating bill on our table because it is winter, although it hasn’t actually felt like winter here in D.C. (laughter). We’ll hold out for January on that front. But what is happening with home heating costs?

DOMONOSKE: Yeah. So those costs are also up. And it doesn’t really matter what your source of fuel is. They’re all up to some degree. But I’ll also note when it comes to heating fuels, talking about the weather like that is not just small talk. I mean, here in Virginia, it was 65 degrees this week. That affects prices. It reduces demand. And natural gas prices, which had been skyrocketing just a few months ago – they actually came back down recently because so much of the country had mild weather. But that could still change. If there’s a cold snap, prices will go in the other direction. And bills will go way back up again.

KELLY: And what about gas prices? What are you watching for?

DOMONOSKE: Yeah. So they are down a bit from their recent highs, still up about 40% from where they were last year. As for what happens next, the forecasts are all over the map, from a fall very shortly to a sharp rise. I mean, so much of this – it goes back to the pandemic and all the uncertainty around it. Energy prices have always been volatile, and now that’s just more true than ever.

KELLY: NPR’s Camila Domonoske, thanks. Happy New Year.

DOMONOSKE: Thanks. You, too, Mary Louise.



12 Comments on "Energy got a lot more expensive in 2021"

  1. ItIsHopeless on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 9:42 pm 

    It is time to kill everybody, including humans, on earth except me with deadly facial skin cancer. I want to see all of you dying before I die,

    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  2. ItIsHopeless on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 9:48 pm 

    We kill everyone on earth including kids, humans, everyone except me. I want to see you die. That will be my revenge watching die and suffer. You want to see kids having facial skin cancer, here it is: 0:05

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MptPLGDZYgs

    This place is too much of shit hole. It cannot be fixed. Enjoy your pain.

    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  3. IHavePleanyOfFacialCancerOnMyYouTube on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 9:52 pm 

    You want to see young kids dying, I have more for you 0:07

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFp_gG9pwdc

  4. WomenAreUglyInsideAndOutside on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 10:05 pm 

    Look ugly female animals talking together about empathy. Women are not capable of empathy, they are only capable of thinking about themselves only, they are the most egoistic sex on earth, you people of earth worship women. This is a sure sign earth must be destroyed by global cooling. The in the middle is also having facial skin cancer.à

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Nn0VlS0CU

    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  5. WomenAreUglyInsideAndOutside on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 10:11 pm 

    Another animal with facial skin cancer. Piece of shit loser fake intellectual. You are good as saying nothing and contribute nothing of value to earth. 40:12

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE1dWwoJPU0

    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  6. WomenAreUglyInsideAndOutside on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 10:14 pm 

    Fucking ugly negro.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWSBmlR7iEs

    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  7. WomenAreUglyInsideAndOutside on Sat, 1st Jan 2022 10:22 pm 

    You cock sucker inhabitant of earth, thought you could run away from GOD judgment. You cannot. Earth belong to me. I am the source of energy that is running earth, but I am in control of my own energy, the old controllers of earth don’t control anything anymore.

    The vengeful one is in charge, that would be me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-mgcTRrcQo
    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  8. ItIsTimeForACleanup on Sun, 2nd Jan 2022 12:26 am 

    Since the begging of winter I walk in the house bare foot without sock except the basement that is concrete. The temperature inside the house is 20C. I am not cold at all this winter. I drive my car without gloves. Two years ago I was always cold, wearing tuque and sock in the house. I am always warm this winter. It feels like I have my own energy source within me.

    How much energy have you been stealing from me since I am born. I want everyone on earth death except me. Enough is enough. This earth is populated with only stupid people. It is time for a cleanup.
    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

  9. ItIsTimeForACleanup on Sun, 2nd Jan 2022 12:48 am 

    This is what happen when you steal energy from humans like me. You get judged and you get sentenced to death. Nice red cancerous nose. you fucking deserve it. How long my soul have been recycle on earth and how long have I been a source of energy for earth: 5000 year, 2000 year how long. I will watch you die and enjoy watching you suffer.

    3:29

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgVzm_3I-pM

  10. ItIsTimeForACleanup on Sun, 2nd Jan 2022 1:10 am 

    Negro will also die of deadly facial skin cancer exactly like white. Their black skin will turn red, same for the Indian, Arab and Asians. 31:56

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkm-BhtjASs

  11. ItIsTimeForACleanup on Sun, 2nd Jan 2022 1:27 am 

    They really starting to look like animal. Human body should be reserved for high quality humans. The animal will all die of skin cancer anyway. You stealing my human energy was making me sick and causing me all kings of pains. I will enjoy watching you suffer, I can guarantee that. There will be no forgiveness from me, only vengeance you will get from me,

    4:34

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsE6c4XkiAc

  12. YouAllDie on Sun, 2nd Jan 2022 3:00 am 

    The look like animal because that is what they are deep inside. I decided to kill everyone on earth except me. I have enough of this crap.

    This is what an animal look like: 44:37

    You have been sucking my energy or life force for so long that you will all die for that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYRti8ZU5s8

    ——————————————–
    This is the fucking deal. I will keep giving you update of what is happening on earth. In exchange for my time and work, I get a peaceful death as soon as my job here is done. I want nothing to do with the Divine GOD, the world of GOD’s or cosmic GOD’s. I piss and shit on all of them.

    I will die of a peaceful death during my sleep. Once dead, my energy is disintegrated and is never merged with the divine GOD in anyways. If my energy cannot be disintegrated, I become a free agent where I can run as far as I possibly can from all of you.

    You know, why are you giving me a new skin, when I would prefer to have new eyes. Is there a moment where I will get something that I want, instead of always working for other people benefit. There is no human left here, so I am not working for the human race, I am working for someone else benefit as always. Fuck you all.

    These words above will be put after every comment I make on here, se we are clear about the deal.

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