Column: Worldwide energy shortage shows up in surging coal, gas and oil prices

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The sun sets behind electric power transmission lines near the town of Sachkhere, some 200 km (124 miles) north-west of Tbilisi, September 13, 2013. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili/File Photo

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Record gas and electricity prices in Europe, record coal prices in China, multiyear-high gas prices in the United States and oil prices well above their real long-term average are all manifestations of the same global energy shortage.

In the aftermath of the coronavirus recession, energy production has failed to keep up with rapid growth in consumption as energy producers struggle to raise output while demand has bounced back quickly.

The business cycle downturn and slump in energy prices caused by the pandemic, and before that the U.S./China trade conflict, depressed investment throughout the energy sector in 2019/2020.

Since then, the global economy has experienced an exceptionally rapid cyclical recovery, aided by low interest rates, bond…

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