At the end of 2019 a financial crisis was happening. The fed had to start emergency qe again. Then when covid happened the money printing went into overdrive.
But personally I think covid was simply a power grab by governments, a chance to do what simply wasn't possible in normal times. There was almost no limit to the insane rules or regulations they could pass.
In some countries you literally couldn't function in society without your green pass, and that meant taking an increasingly stupid number of injections. The whole narrative imploded though because it was glaringly obvious that the vaccines didn't work, everyone still got covid anyway. That wasn't supposed to happen.
I know for certain that a lot of extra gas was going to China, being liquefied and being sent back to Europe. But there are more factors determining the current price. Increased liquefied natural gas from the US. It was a apparently mild winter which meant decreased heating demand, and a lot of industrial producers shut down in Europe because the price was too high.
And only China has done it since the 1970s and on its first attempt.
Apparently it was super easy in the 1970's. The Apollo missions were an order of magnitude more complicated though, because they not only had to land, they had to take off again, dock the the rest of the space craft that was orbiting the moon. Then they had to leave the orbit on the moon and successfully get back to earth, all without dying lol.
The boostie boys track is a banger :)