A group of GOP Wyoming state lawmakers wants to end electric vehicle sales there by 2035, saying the move will help protect the oil and gas industries.
The measure, introduced Friday in the state legislature, was sponsored by six state lawmakers, who said in it that electric vehicles would hamper Wyoming’s ability to trade with other states. The bill states that citizens and industries would be encouraged not to purchase electric vehicles before the ban comes into effect.
“The proliferation of electric vehicles at the expense of gasoline-powered vehicles will have deleterious effects on Wyoming communities and will harm Wyoming’s economy and the country’s ability to effectively engage in commerce,” said the invoice bed.
The legislation stated that the addition of new electric charging stations would require “massive” amounts of new energy to “sustain the misadventure of electric vehicles”.
The bill added that the oil industry has employed thousands of people in the state.
Meanwhile, fifteen other states, including New York and California, have moved to ban gasoline vehicles Sales. The final clause of the bill directs the Wyoming Secretary of State to send a copy of the bill to the Governor of California, who has supported his state’s ban on gasoline-powered vehicles throughout his tenure as governor.