CLAIM: The Green New Deal drives up gas prices.

FACTS: The Green New Deal, a sweeping plan to tackle climate change, has not been enacted and will not affect gasoline prices, experts say. But posts claiming the rise in gas prices in the United States is due to regulations associated with the Green New Deal have been circulating widely on social media in recent days.

“It’s not Russia (they only supply 3% of our oil),” one Facebook user wrote last week. “It’s not the oil companies, it’s the GREEN NEW DEAL regulations. They lie to us…”

The allegation is false. The Green New Deal, a sweeping plan backed by some Democrats to tackle climate change, has not been enacted by the federal government, experts told The Associated Press. “It’s like blaming what’s happening in the world on a boogeyman who doesn’t exist,” said Michael Wara, director of the climate and energy policy program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. “It’s not correct.”

The Green New Deal, which originally existed as a non-binding resolution, called for a “10-year national mobilization” to move the US economy away from fossil fuels and replace them with renewable sources, the AP reported. in March 2019. But the resolution failed to pass Congress. Wara noted that Build Back Better, President Joe Biden’s roughly $2 trillion spending plan, included provisions inspired by the Green New Deal, such as rebates for electric vehicles. However, the spending plan has been stalled in Congress for months.

Amy Myers Jaffe, research professor and managing director of Tufts University’s Climate Policy Lab, said high gas prices are also not caused by other federal policies focused on climate change. There are several reasons why gasoline prices have increased. The main factor is the price of crude oil, which has increased over the past year. As more people hit the road after being locked down during the pandemic, oil and gas suppliers who had cut production during the lull in demand are struggling to keep up. And the decisions of the OPEC+ oil cartel, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, to only modestly increase the oil they put on the market kept prices high. Global oil prices soared even higher as Russia, a major oil supplier to the world, invaded Ukraine and many buyers shunned Russian crude, reducing viable global oil supplies. “The current spike in gasoline prices is tied to the spike in global crude oil prices. Global crude oil production fell during COVID and has been relatively slow to recover for a number of reasons, none of which is unrelated to the Green Deal,” Robert Johnston, associate senior fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, wrote in an email to the AP. from OPEC, extremely strong post-COVID demand, low inventories and now the major geopolitical disruption in Russia,” Johnston added.

– Associated Press writer Josh Kelety in Phoenix contributed to this report with additional reporting by Associated Press writer Cathy Bussewitz.