From the left, at least 15 states, led by California and New York, have declared an end to gas-powered vehicles.
Needless to say, Wyoming, one of the nation’s top fossil fuel producers, won’t be doing that. In fact, the state is going the other way.
According to the conservative website 100% Fed Up, Wyoming will ban sales of electric vehicles in 2035.
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Wyoming Republican lawmakers proposed the bill to “ensure the stability” of its oil and gas industry, the website reported on Monday.
Wyoming’s GOP lawmakers identified four reasons for their effort.
The primary one is that the state’s oil and gas industry “provides too many valuable jobs and generates too much revenue for the state to eliminate,” 100% Fed Up reported.
Wyoming is the eighth-leading oil producer in the U.S. The industry provides more than 68,000 jobs in Wyoming, and roughly 100 companies operate 30,000 miles of pipelines crisscrossing the state.
A second reason noted by 100% Fed Up is that Wyoming is too big, too rural, and too expansive to serve electric vehicles.
Lawmakers “pointed out that the state does not yet have the proper infrastructure in place to support the widespread use of electric vehicles.”
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Their measure says the state would need a tremendous amount of new power to “sustain the misadventure of electric vehicles,” the website reported.
“Wyoming’s vast stretches of highway, coupled with a lack of electric vehicle infrastructure, make the widespread use of electric vehicles impracticable for the state,” the GOP bill states.
Wyoming Republicans also raised an issue that gets very little discussion as Democrats push for a future rooted in solar and wind power.
In their measure, the GOP sponsors noted, “The critical minerals used in electric batteries are not easily recyclable or disposable, meaning that landfills in Wyoming and elsewhere will be required to develop practices to dispose of these minerals in a safe and responsible manner.”
100% Fed Up reported that an International Energy Agency study determined that electric vehicles require six times more minerals — such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite, and zinc — than gas-powered cars.
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Finally, the lawmakers argued that increasing the fleet of electric vehicles would adversely affect Wyoming’s interstate trade.
“The proliferation of electric vehicles at the expense of gas-powered vehicles will have deleterious impacts on Wyoming’s communities and will be detrimental to Wyoming’s economy and the ability for the country to efficiently engage in commerce,” the GOP bill maintains.