Now here’s an interesting twist on electric vehicle news. While many states, like California, are moving to ban the sale of new gas powered vehicles by 2035, the backward state of Wyoming is moving to ban the sale of new EVs by 2035.
Wyoming has just introduced resolution to phase out the sale of electric vehicles by 2035. Senator Jim Anderson, one of the resolution sponsors, stated the reason he introduced the resolution was, “to push back against bans on new sales of cars with internal combustion engines in states like California and New York.”
The resolution contains 11 reasons why Wyoming should ban the sale of new EVs, including:
“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.”
Wyoming is located in the western region of the US. It is known as the home of Yellowstone National Parks. The state’s economy is primarily based on mining, oil and gas production. Wyoming is one of the largest coal-producing states in the US and it’s the eighth largest oil producer. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that Wyoming has only 578,000 people, making it the least populous state in the US.
You can imagine with so many people in the state relying on oil and gas money, the rise of electric vehicles is posing an existential threat to their livelihood. However, this resolution is more of a symbolic gesture than an outright ban.
- Section 1. That the legislature encourages and expresses as a goal that the sale of new electric vehicles in the state of Wyoming be phased out by 2035.
- Section 2. That the legislature encourages Wyoming’s industries and citizens to limit the sale and purchase of new electric vehicles in Wyoming with a goal of phasing out the sale of new electric vehicles in Wyoming by 2035.
The resolution is basically encouraging the good folks of Wyoming not to buy electric vehicles with the goal of eliminating them completely by 2035. In a bit of humor, Section 3 will transmit copies of the resolution to the President of the United States and the governor of California.