Wyoming’s Plans to End EV Sales by 2035 to Safeguard Oil & Gas Industry

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The State of Wyoming is open to the possibility of banning the electric vehicle sales of by 2035. This new bid comes in effort to preserve its oil and gas industry. A bill, sponsored by Senators Jim Anderson, Brian Boner, Ed Cooper, Dan Dockstader, Representatives Donald Burkhart Jr., and Bill Henderson, cites the oil and gas industry as an important contributor to jobs and revenue for the state throughout its history.

The group of politicians in Wyoming that are proposing the bill are citing the lack of EV charging infrastructure in the state as a major factor in their decision. The bill also conveys concern over the disposal and recycling of the minerals used in EV batteries and claims that it would put a strain on municipal landfills in the state. The supporters of the bill are presenting the fact that the oil and gas industry has been a key source of jobs and revenue for the state for many years.

The state of Wyoming witnessed its first fossil fuel rise in the 1800s. Since the first oil rush many generations have witnessed the oil and gas industry flourish in Wyoming. Despite major economic dependency on fossil fuel industry, Wyoming has even accommodated wind energy projects. Wyoming’s distinct geography is considered favorable to harness wind energy. The bill supporters expressed concerns about a lack of EV charging infrastructure. But as per a 2022 study Wyoming surprisingly was one of the best states to own a EV. Wyoming has the second-best ratio of electric vehicles to charging stations with 5.40 electric cars to a single charging station. The study suggested that Wyoming boasted 61 electric charging stations for its 330 registered electric vehicles in the state.

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