In an apparent dig at California’s efforts to phase out internal combustion engines by 2035, Wyoming state legislators have proposed a ban on EVs in the state by the same date.
A bill sponsored by 6 GOP lawmakers suggests not only that EV sales be phased out over the next 12 years, but that sales are limited up to that point. The bill also proposes that the resolution is sent to the President, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, the governor of Wyoming, and the governor of California among others.
“The oil and gas industry in Wyoming has created countless jobs and has contributed revenues to the state of Wyoming throughout the state’s history,” the bill’s text reads. “Phasing out the sale of new electric vehicles in Wyoming by 2035 will ensure the stability of Wyoming’s oil and gas industry and will help preserve the country’s critical minerals for vital purposes.”
The proposed legislation adds that a lack of EV charging infrastructure in the state make EVs impractical for consumers in the state. According to Electrek, the Cowboy State is dead last in the nation in terms of EV penetration with less than 600 registrations state-wide.
The bill’s sponsor, Jim Anderson, told the Washington Post that the resolution was indeed aimed at California and its aims to ban EV sales in the long-term.
“I don’t have a problem with electric vehicles at all,” he told the outlet. “I have a problem with somebody saying, ‘Don’t buy any more petroleum vehicles.’”
Read more on the details of California’s gas vehicle ban.
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