Source: Global Network
[Global Times Reporter Lin Ri Qingmu Renzhong] How amazing is the rising energy price in the world? According to the “Forbes” magazine reported on the 19th, US crude oil prices have risen by 65%this year, natural gas prices have doubled, and coal prices have risen by 400%. “The situation in Europe is much worse. “,” The price of natural gas has risen by more than 350%. ” The recovery of the economy in the post -epidemic era has made energy become tight products in the international market. The chaotic supply chain has pushed up the price of all necessities from food, drugs to transportation. As the cold winter of the northern hemisphere is approaching, the biggest problem faced by countless low -income families is: how to use wages that cannot keep up with inflation growth and pay higher heating costs. “Add a sweater”, “Add Windproof Strings around the windows”, “Check your fireplace and clean up the pipeline system” -Americans who have always given people “big hands and feet” in the past have also begun to promote small in the media to reduce energy bills that reduce energy bills. Tips. Faced with the recent surge in coal prices, the Chinese government decisively shot, and the National Development and Reform Commission said on the 19th that it will make full use of all necessary means stipulated in the Price Law to study specific measures to intervene in coal prices. “”.
American household heating fees will rise 54%
The “Winter Energy Outlook” released by the US Energy Information Administration last week predicts that with the rise in global heating oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity, the heating fee for American families will increase 54%over the same period last year. Nali, Director of the US Energy Information Administration, said: “Because we have got out of the worst economic downturn caused by the epidemic, the growth of energy demand generally exceeds the growth of supply.”
The US Energy Information Administration reports that nearly half of US families depend on natural gas heating. It is expected that from October to March of this year, the average heating cost of these families will reach $ 746. In addition, about 40%of American families mainly rely on power heating, and the price is more expensive than natural gas. It is expected that each households are expected to need about $ 1268.
“It is expected that the temperature in the United States this winter will be slightly lower than last year. This means that people will burn more fuel to warm up, but the price of each small piece of fuel will be higher.” Hadeson, chief executive of the Charlotte Crisis Assistance Department of Corolina, said that the energy bills that have not been paid for the poor families who have recently sought assistance are about twice that of the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia. They are facing more expensive rents and higher medical bills, and sometimes they face the problem of insufficient working time. A survey of the American Census Bureau last month showed that in the past 12 months, nearly 22%of Americans had to reduce or abandon the expenditure of drugs or food in order to pay energy bills.
Americans have also begun to calculate, and the media has begun to promote “how to avoid soaring electricity in winter”. The Broadcasting Corporation of the United States quoted the suggestion of heating experts that the preventive maintenance of HVAC can help homeowners save up to 25%of energy costs. Kentucky Power Corporation warned that a loose or damaged pipeline system may make the family energy loss as much as 35%. It is recommended to open the windows facing south during the day to allow the sun and heat to save heat at night. The price of natural gas in Alexander City, Louisiana has risen by 228%in the past year. The city’s heating customer service manager Sakinte said: “It is expected that the heating cost this winter will be higher than the usual, so we encourage residents to take measures now to make them make them so as to make them make them to make them make them to make them make them to make them make them to make them make them so as to make them make them to make them make them to make them make them to make them make them so as to make them make them to make them make them to make them make them so as to make them make them to make them make them so as to make them make them to make them make them so as to make them make them to make them allow them Houses are more energy -saving. The easiest way is to add windproof strips or embedded seams around the window, which can produce a lot of difference and reduce energy bills. “
More Europeans will fall into energy poverty
Europeans are not good. According to the German “Business Daily” reported on the 20th, the price of natural gas fluctuated between 15 and 20 euros per MWh to 20 euros in the past, but it has soared to 65 euros. Since the beginning of this year, Germany’s electricity prices have risen by about 140%, and Spain’s electricity prices have risen by 425%. Oil prices have reached the highest level in 3 years.
The Broadcasting Corporation said on the 19th that due to the amazing price of natural gas, Italy’s food chain was severely hit, and the cost of dried grains was pushed up, which will eventually push the price of bread in the supermarket. The sales channels for meat and dairy products are more vulnerable, because farmers are forced to pay more feed costs and pass the cost to consumers. The Associated Press said on the 19th that the Italian Grain Association predicts that in the last 3 months of this year, the energy cost of processing wheat and corn is expected to rise by more than 600%, and many farmers grown in Germany can find it. fertilizer. Ferberbel, director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, warned that “if the severe winter comes, it is necessary to close the factory with natural gas as the raw material.”
The New York Times said that in Asia, Europe and Latin America, the profits of chemicals, steel, ceramics and other product manufacturers who need a large amount of energy are squeezed, and some factories have suspended production. In South Korea, electricity bills have risen for the first time since 2013. For a few months, small companies that struggle under strict epidemic prevention regulations have worried that future electricity prices will continue to rise. In Bologna, Italy, the mothers and teachers of the two children Tenny told reporters: “In order to save money, we have to wash dishes or laundry at night (the staircase is more expensive during the day).”
The United States CNN said that before the outbreak, more than 80 million European families faced the predicament of heating. More than 12 million households have the problem of electricity costs, and 70 million families have received a power outage notice. The European Union calls this family “energy poverty.” CNN said that the risk of Europeans into “energy poverty” is twice that of ordinary poverty. In Europe, Bulgaria’s “energy poverty” population is the highest, 31%, followed by Lithuania, 28%. 21%, Portugal is 19%.
The EU Council’s employment and social rights officials issued a warning in an interview with the German New News Agency on the 17th that more families will fall into “energy poverty” this winter, and millions of people in Europe will not be able to bear the increase in the heating costs of the family. Observers warn that if the government does not take action to help these families, political turmoil may occur, similar to the French “yellow vest” movement a few years ago.
EU seek joint energy joint operation
The rise in energy prices has become one of the primary topics of the EU summit held in Brussels from October 21st to 22nd. According to the Dutong News Agency, the Spanish called on the 20th calling on the EU to take “emergency coordination”, such as “joint purchase of natural gas” to establish a strategic reserve or power market reform. However, the European Commission believes that all member states have “enough tools” to respond to energy shortage -such as subsidizing poor families, so they decided to delay the discussion of Spain’s proposal. Energy crisis has once again split the European Union: Spain is leading France, Greece, Czech Republic, Romania and other countries to oppose the position of Brussels, and the position of Brussels has received support from Germany.
According to CNN, at present, more than 20 EU countries have formulated various measures to respond to the rise in energy prices, including the upper limit of price, reduced energy tax, and subsidies to poor families. Germany will reduce the taxes of renewable energy by 1/3, and France announced that it will provide a heating subsidy of 100 euros at one time to nearly 6 million low -income families. Spain began to reduce family energy taxes and tax on some energy suppliers. The Italian government promised to invest 3 billion euros to subsidize up to 5.5 million the most weak people.
Bloomberg said that European countries are responding to the rise in energy prices through different ways, but due to the different sources of energy and strategic interests of member states, the United EU’s joint operations have become difficult. Some experts believe that the European Union should prohibit suppliers from cutting off the source of their families in the short term. “Why do we have no power outbound ban within the European Union?
China “Lightning” intervention in coal prices is followed
The requirements of the National Development and Reform Commission’s “intervention of all necessary means to intervene in coal prices” quickly attracted the attention of domestic and foreign media. Hong Kong’s “South China Morning Post” said on the 20th that the Chinese government has strengthened their control over the domestic power market, promised to interfere with the coal market, investigate the pricing mechanism, and crack down on speculative fuel transactions. The Oxford Economic Research Institute is expected to be alleviated in China’s domestic supply shortage in the next few months, “the Chinese government emphasizes the necessity of ensuring energy supply to maintain economic operation.”
“As the government warned, the amazing coal rise stopped in China.” Bloomberg reported on the 20th that the Chinese government began to implement the “policy lightning war” that aimed at suppressing prices and alleviating the national power crisis. China Coal Futures ended on the 20th to end with pluys plummeted on the 20th. It was amazing since the beginning of September. Agence France -Presse said on the 20th that as the winter approaches, Chinese officials have been looking for ways to respond to rising energy prices. They ordered coal mines to expand coal production and ask top state -owned energy companies to ensure sufficient fuel supply at all costs. All places are also taking action to restrict the supply cost of coal. Agence France -Presse also quoted data from the Development and Reform Commission that China’s coal inventory was 88 million tons, “enough to maintain 16 days.”
Some people in the industry said that the rise in China’s energy prices is affected by global influence, and on the other hand, it is related to the implementation of “coal restrictions” in some provinces in China. The impact of global climate action on energy prices is undeniable. The US Science and Technology Blog website “GIZMODO” published an article by environmentalist scholars on the 19th, titled “Damn, coal back”. The article states that the US coal -fired output forecast in 2021 will increase by 22%, which is the first growth since 2014. “The United States is not the only country that increases coal use to avoid paying natural gas premiums.” The article states that coal is one of the “dirty energy sources” on the planet. “If we continue to burn it, the earth will burn.”
At the same time, the “Forbes” magazine quoted Dell, general manager of a private equity company “still investing in oil companies” on the 19th, saying that renewable energy has not been proven to make up for the gap in the world’s energy. “We are in energy transformation At the stage, the only real choice is to patiently reduce emissions and use transition fuels at the same time; or we can choose to abandon growth suddenly, which will reduce harmful gas emissions, but what needs to be accepted is the economic collapse and the poor frozen to death. “
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