By Dan Shapley
Natural gas, used around the country to heat homes and hot water and power electric generating plants, costs 25 percent more than it did a year ago -- in part because forecasts for a strong hurricane season have suppliers worried. The other factor contributing to the rise in price is another forecast: For a warmer-than-average stretch between June and August. The price increase -- due, as it is to weather-related fears and not inventory -- demonstrates the interconnectedness of climate and economics. Nowhere is that connection more apparent than in energy sources and their prices, according to a story in the June 6 USA Today.