A group of GOP lawmakers in Wyoming has proposed ending sales of electric vehicles by 2035 in an effort to protect the state’s oil and gas industries, The Hill reports.
The bill, introduced on Friday, was sponsored by six state legislators and argues that the rise of electric vehicles will harm Wyoming’s ability to trade with other states.
Senator Jim Anderson of District 28 is spearheading the bill.
“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,” the bill states.
The legislation also claims that adding new power charging stations would require “massive” amounts of new power to “sustain the misadventure of electric vehicles,” according to the Hill.
Additionally, the legislation claims that adding new power charging stations would require a significant amount of new power.
The oil industry is a major employer in the state, the bill notes.
While fifteen other states, including as New York and California, have implemented bans on gas-powered vehicle sales, the bill instructs Wyoming’s secretary of state to send a copy to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), who has supported his state’s ban on gas-powered vehicles throughout his governorship.
“That the Secretary of State of Wyoming transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, each member of Wyoming’s congressional delegation, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the governor of Wyoming and the governor of California,” the bill concludes.