Fact Check: Big Fuel Companies Did NOT Sell Gas, Diesel At Low Prices To Protest Government on March 16, 2022

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Big Fuel Companies Did NOT Sell Gas, Diesel At Low Prices To Protest Government on March 16, 2022 Fact Check: Big Fuel Companies Did NOT Sell Gas, Diesel At Low Prices To Protest Government on March 16, 2022 Satire

Did big fuel companies sell gas and diesel at low prices in protest against the government on March 16, 2022? No, that's not true: On March 16, 2022, the national average prices for regular gas and diesel exceeded $4 and $5, respectively. The claim that such a protest occurred was satirical.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 15, 2022. The post's caption read:

Tomorrow between 2pm and 6pm, the big fuel companies will sell their tax-free products in protest against the government.
- Gas price is $1.60
- the diesel price $1.45
Here's the link to the list of fuel stations in your area.
List of Fuel Stations:
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This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 17, 2022:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Mar 17 15:30 2022 UTC)

According to the American Automobile Association, on March 16, 2022, the national average price for regular gas was about $4.31, while the national average price for diesel was about $5.10.

GasBuddy also recorded a national average for regular gas of around $4.30 on March 16, 2022, as shown in the chart below:

gasbuddy national gas average.png
(Source: GasBuddy screenshot taken on Thu Mar 17 15:22:05 2022 UTC)

The "List of Fuel Stations" that was linked in the Facebook post led to a GIF of a portrait of actress Maggie Smith, in which the actress sticks up her middle finger. A screenshot of the GIF is included below:

maggie smith GIF screenshot.png
(Source: Screenshot taken on Thu Mar 17 15:14:06 2022 UTC)

Other Lead Stories fact checks related to the 2022 spike in gas prices can be found here and here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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