Wyoming has introduced state legislation to ban the sale of new electric vehicles by 2035 to “ensure the sustainability” of its oil and gas industry.
The announcement comes as several states, including New York, California and Oregon, move to phase out sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles in a bid to combat climate change.
Wyoming officials argue that oil and gas production has created “countless jobs” and brought in “revenue throughout the history of the state of Wyoming”.
The bill also notes that Wyoming lacks charging stations and that “key minerals used in electric batteries are not easily recycled or disposed of.”
Wyoming is set to ban the sale of new electric vehicles by 2035 in a bid to preserve its booming oil and gas industry.
The proposed legislation, introduced Friday, comes from a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Jim Anderson.
In 2021, Wyoming is ranked as the 8th largest oil producer in the US with a production of 85.43 million barrels.
Currently, about 100 companies are operating 30,000 miles of pipeline in Wyoming, which does not include all collection systems or all inactive or abandoned pipelines.
And the state’s oil and gas industry has more than 68,000 jobs.
The bill praises gas-powered vehicles for allowing the state’s industries and businesses to ship goods and resources across America.
The lawmakers also noted that the US “has made continued investments in the oil and gas industry to sustain gasoline-powered vehicles and that investment has resulted in thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry in Wyoming.” And all over the country. ,
On the other hand, switching to electric vehicles “would have detrimental effects on Wyoming communities and would be detrimental to Wyoming’s economy and the nation’s ability to efficiently engage in commerce.”
The bill encourages Wyoming residents to limit the sale and purchase of new electric vehicles and aims to eliminate them entirely by 2035.
Sen. Brian Bonner, R-Douglas, said the Wyoming resolution would be purely symbolic.
Bonner told the Cowboy State Journal, “You can say it jokingly, but obviously it’s a very serious topic that deserves to be discussed publicly.”
“I’m interested in making sure that the solutions some people want for the so-called climate crisis are actually practical in real life.
“I don’t appreciate it when other states try to force through technology that is not ready.”
California first announced a ban on gas-powered cars in 2020, but the law goes into effect in August 2022.
The announcement comes as several states, including New York, California and Oregon, move to phase out sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles to combat climate change.
The state requires 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold to be zero-emissions by 2026, then 68 percent by 2030 and 100 percent five years later.
New York was the second state to announce the same ban in October 2022, with Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington recently following.
However, about a dozen more could join the ranks in the coming months.
Other states that follow emissions standards but have not yet committed to a ban are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, the District of Columbia, and Rhode Island.