To help with due diligence, AWS, which was overseeing the prospective acquisition, hired a third-party company to scrutinize Elemental’s security, according to one person familiar with the process.
At the end they say "Do you want to feel sick? Go out and buy some gas now." Because of inflation (thank you LBJ, RMN, et al) those prices are more-or-less in line with what gasoline costs today, in spite of the high state and federal taxes on it. Today the AAA price is $2.19 per gallon; in Britain it is over five dollars.
Coke, bottled water and an espresso at Starbucks clock in at $3.84, $10.67 and $320 per gallon.