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Wyoming is trying to phase out EV sales in the state by 2035. A new state joint resolution was introduced that "encourages" EV sales being limited.


The new state senate joint resolution (no. SJ0004) is titled “Phasing Out New Electric Vehicle Sales by 2035,” and was introduced last Friday with support from members of the Wyoming House of Representatives and Senate.

The resolution lays out a number of justifications for phasing out EV sales, the most prominent of which is Wyoming’s reliance on oil and gas production. Although Wyoming is the least-populace state in the U.S., it’s also one of the biggest producers of crude oil.

“WHEREAS, the United States has consistently invested in the oil and gas industry to sustain gas-powered vehicles, and that investment has resulted in the continued employment of thousands of people in the oil and gas industry in Wyoming and throughout the country,” the resolution states.

The EV sales resolution goes on to state that Wyoming’s “vast stretches of highway” and lack of EV charging infrastructure make electric vehicles impractical, while adding that widespread EV adoption would necessitate “massive amounts of new power generation in order to sustain the misadventure of electric vehicles.” The resolution states that fossil fuels will be vital for the transportation of goods and people across Wyoming and the U.S. for years to come.

Finally, the resolution states that EV production relies on critical minerals that are vulnerable to disruption, and that EV batteries “are not easily recyclable or disposable,” and thus landfills will require development to safely dispose of a supposed influx of EV battery waste.

Critically, the resolution isn’t an outright ban on EV sales. Rather, it “encourages” Wyoming industry and citizens limit EV sales, with the eventual goal of phasing out new EV sales by 2035.
 

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Wyoming is the smallest state in the US population wise, but it's the 8th largest oil producer. They have just over half a million residence.

They see EVs as threatening their one key export for US.

They really really need to diversify and attract new business to the state... perhaps find mines or other energy producing options. Maybe even attract manufacturing.
 

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The politicization of everything from EVs, to public health, to candy, to kitchen appliances is so dumb. Anything to drive a wedge between people. Wyoming is also sitting on a pile of uranium that could power a lot of EVs. But they’d rather fight the adoption of the PC than give up typewriters and make chips. The future ICE sale bans they are counter programming with this will all be moot anyway with the chip shortage and difficulty of some automakers to scale up. I.e. GM isn’t just going to supplant their 6.5 million ICE sales with an equivalent number of EVs anytime soon. Bans of any type of vehicle is just virtue signaling at this point, not applicable policy.
 
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