Wyoming continues to be the fossil-fuel burr in President Joe Biden’s green energy saddle.
Last week, according to Politico, state officials in Wyoming dismissed the Biden administration’s plan to build charging stations for electric vehicles because so few state residents actually own EVs.
One of Biden’s inflation-driving spending bills mandates $7.5 billion to build EV charging stations across the country. The administration wants them situated every 50 miles, so those who eschew fossil fuels don’t get stranded, Politico noted.
Yet Wyoming officials declared that such a project is futile in their vast yet sparsely populated state.
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Politico noted that, according to state officials, the charging stations would not be profitable for at least 20 years.
The state raised a number of objections, according to the Western Journal.
For example, the state cited the cost of laying cable for the stations. It also noted Wyoming’s bitter winter weather would wreak havoc on the units. Finally, the state expressed concern about the 50-mile requirement, saying the stations would be targeted for vandalism and put drivers at risk because of their remote locations.
“Wyoming has no desire to establish infrastructure that will likely fail,” the state told Biden’s administration.
Wyoming had a counteroffer.
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Politico noted that the state wanted the feds to build the stations along “smaller highways that serve its tourist gems, such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks — routes that don’t fit the administration’s parameters but see a lot more Tesla traffic.”
The National Park Service agreed. Yet the rest of the administration rejected the plan.
As Western Journal columnist Warner Todd Huston explained, “With the technology available for EVs to date, they really are not effective for long-distance driving in largely rural states like Wyoming. And Wyoming does not want to be stuck with a bill that will run into millions of tax dollars just to satisfy Biden’s obsession.”
This is the second instance when Wyoming rejected the green mandate from Washington.
As The Free Press reported last month, Wyoming was weighing a bill that, in order to overcome the “misadventure of electric vehicles,” is moving to ban EVs in Wyoming by 2035.
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