(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – The legislature of Wyoming has initiated a process to ban electric vehicles in the state by 2035 – unlike some states that are moving to phase out gas-powered cars.
“If you don’t like our gasoline-powered cars, then we don’t like your electric cars,” declared Republican state Senator Jim Anderson, as cited by Breitbart News.
The Wyoming legislators have started debating a resolution sponsored by Anderson to gradually end the state’s sale of new electric cars. The document is entitled “Phasing Out New Electric Vehicle Sales By 2035.”
The state senator says his proposal is designed to oppose restrictions on the sale of new gas-powered cars by states such as New York and California.
His resolution stresses the importance of oil and gas production to the Wyoming economy as one of the state’s “proud and valued industries,” creating “countless jobs” and income.
It states that vehicles running on gas are essential to moving products and materials across the nation by the state’s businesses.
At the same time, the document contains the lawmakers’ concern that Wyoming’s EV charging infrastructure is insufficient. It says this and several other infrastructure problems will make using electric cars “impractical.”
A 2021 report by International Energy Agency (IEA), based in Paris, France, informs that an electric vehicle’s production requires six times more minerals than a gas-power car. The minerals in question include copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite, zinc, and rare earths.
That has caused doubts about whether America can meet EV manufacturers’ mineral demand, not to mention the issue with the disposal of used electric car batteries.
“The critical minerals used in electric batteries are not easily recyclable or disposable, meaning that municipal landfills in Wyoming and elsewhere will be required to develop practices to dispose of these minerals in a safe and responsible manner,” the Wyoming legislature’s resolution reads.
The document urges Wyoming’s businesses and residences to take voluntary steps to limit the sale and purchase of new electric cars so EVs can be fully phased out in the state by 2035.
A co-sponsor of the legislation, Republican state Sen. Brian Boner, said Wyoming’s ban on electric vehicles would be symbolic, unlike California’s ban on gas-powered cars.
“One might even say tongue-in-cheek, but obviously it’s a very serious issue that deserves some public discussion,” Boner said.
“I’m interested in making sure that the solutions that some folks want to the so-called climate crisis are actually practical in real life. I just don’t appreciate when other states try to force technology that isn’t ready,” he elaborated.
It remains to be seen whether the Wyoming legislature will adopt the resolution, but if it does, the state will become the first in the nation to try to end the sale of electric vehicles.
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Legislators in the state of Wyoming have begun the process of introducing legislation that aims to phase out electric vehicles by 2035. https://t.co/uYNPp1spoL
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 17, 2023