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Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Naema Ahmed and Harry Stevens/Axios

Electricity is the thing we all need but don’t think about--unless it’s gone or extremely expensive.

Why it matters: While the type of fuel powering America’s electricity has shifted rapidly in the last decade, what matters most to many people is what they pay for their electricity. Unlike the gasoline prices on constant big display, our electricity bills are usually buried in the mail or our email inboxes — or simply set to auto-pay.

Driving the news: What we pay can vary wildly based on where we live, the weather, government involvement in electricity markets, and, of course, how much electricity we use. This infographic shows average electricity bill since 2002 for three states — and a drop down menu to see any state.

Go deeper: Tale of 4 states: America’s changing electricity mix

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America on edge as unrest rises

Louisville on Wednesday. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Rarely have national security officials, governors, tech CEOs and activists agreed as broadly and fervently as they do about the possibility of historic civil unrest in America.

Why it matters: The ingredients are clear for all to see — epic fights over racism, abortion, elections, the virus and policing, stirred by misinformation and calls to action on social media, at a time of stress over the pandemic.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
1 hour ago - Health

The long-term pain of the mental health pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A less visible but still massive trauma caused by the coronavirus is becoming clear: our mental health is suffering with potentially long-lasting consequences.

Why it matters: Mental health disorders that range from schizophrenia to depression and anxiety exert a severe cost on personal health and the economy. Addressing that challenge may require out-of-the-box solutions.

2 hours ago - Axios on HBO

Preview: "Axios on HBO" interviews Bob Woodward

On the next episode of "Axios on HBO," journalist Bob Woodward tells Axios National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan why he spoke out about President Trump being the "wrong man for the job."

  • "I did not want to join the ranks of the Senate Republicans who know that Trump is the wrong man for the job, but won't say it publicly," Woodward said.

Catch the full interview on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on all HBO platforms.