In the 2010s, fracking propelled the US energy sector to new heights. It's become a significant stumbling block.
Prior to the epidemic, the fracking boom was slowing as investors emphasized profits above growth.
The very boom that reinforced the US's energy independence is now exacerbating the country's gas-price dilemma.
Fracking provided a huge boost to the US energy sector for much of the last decade.
Fields in New Mexico, North Dakota, and Texas were the next boomtowns for energy commodities during the so-called shale revolution.
In just a few years, the United States surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest crude oil and natural gas producers.
According to the Energy Information Administration, total domestic crude oil output increased from 5.4 million barrels per day in early 2010 to a record 13 million barrels per day at the end of 2019.
According to AAA data, the average price per gallon of gasoline in the United States set a new high of $4.95 on Wednesday.
Prices in the most populous states are much higher, with Californians paying an average of $6.39 per gallon.