Cash-strapped Americans have received relief from falling gas prices in recent weeks, but not Californians. The average gas price in the Golden State this week surged to $6.29 a gallon—$2.50 more than the national average—and the reasons are worth distilling since Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to export the state’s energy policies nationwide.

Newsom is making the rounds trying to raise his national profile of late, with a 2024 presidential run in mind. He’s boasting about his climate policies, though not about the high costs and shortages that go with them. He won’t get away with that if he goes national.