Dec 5, 2018

France’s gas prices among highest in the world

Adapted from IEA; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Violent protests in France over a now-shelved plan to raise gasoline taxes highlight the country’s comparatively high pump prices.

The big picture: People around the world pay vastly different prices to fuel their gasoline-powered vehicles, depending on how the country in which they live subsidizes or taxes the fuel. The chart above offers a snapshot of four countries with different price profiles — oil-rich Saudi Arabia subsidizes its gasoline much more than most other countries; France, along with most Western European nations, has high taxes while car-dependent America has relatively low prices compared to its global counterparts.

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10 energy and climate issues to watch in 2020

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

From presidential politics to China to oil prices, here’s what I’m watching this year.

The big picture: A few key decisive moments this year will help determine whether concerns over climate change — rising since my last two annual outlook columns — will translate into action that would transform our global energy system.

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Podcast: Blood and oil

Gas prices in the U.S. are stable, despite the unfolding crisis with Iran. Dan and Axios energy reporter Amy Harder discuss if this is the new normal.

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Drug price hikes are back for 2020

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Pharmaceutical manufacturers have raised the sticker prices on hundreds of drugs at the start of 2020, with most of the increases coming under 10%.

The big picture: It may be a new year, but the same drugs are once again subject to the same industry practices.

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