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Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Axios Visuals

Pump prices are at their lowest point in years heading into the long holiday weekend, but it's hard to say how many people will take advantage of them.

Driving the news: The average U.S. price of gasoline as of early in the week was $1.88-per-gallon, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It's the lowest overall price since early 2016.

  • The group AAA, which provides similar but not identical pricing data, says it's the first time average prices are under $2 heading into Memorial Day weekend since 2003. The average price today is $1.94-per-gallon, per AAA.

One big question: That's how many people will be traveling over the long weekend. Driving nationwide has bounced back a lot in recent weeks.

  • Nonetheless, AAA is declining to estimate holiday weekend travel for the first time in 20 years "due to COVID-19 impacts on the underlying economic data used to create the forecast," the group said.

Go deeper: How coronavirus will alter natural gas markets

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Cheap oil shelves carbon capture project

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A Texas carbon capture project hailed as a key solution to climate change has been "mothballed" over low oil prices, E&E News reported on Tuesday evening. 

Our thought bubble: The news is unsurprising but nonetheless emblematic of the complex relationship between climate policies and oil prices, which collapsed along with oil demand in the wake of the pandemic.

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Twitter sues Texas AG Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at February's Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Twitter on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), saying that his office launched an investigation into the social media giant because it banned former President Trump from its platform.

Driving the news: Twitter is seeking to halt an investigation launched by Paxton into moderation practices by Big Tech firms including Twitter for what he called "the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President," days after they banned him following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

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Senate retirements could attract GOP troublemakers

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement highlights the twin challenge facing Senate Republicans: finding good replacement candidates and avoiding a pathway for potential troublemakers to join their ranks.

Why it matters: While the midterm elections are supposed to be a boon to the party out of power, the recent run of retirements — which may not be over — is upending that assumption for the GOP in 2022.