We're an Oil and Gas State says Wyoming.
Wyoming is set to BAN sales of all new electric vehicles by 2035 to "ensure the stability" of its oil and gas industry legislators have confirmed. The US State of Wyoming is set to become the first state to phase out electric vehicles by 2035.
What is being called by many as a 'victory for common sense' the announcement comes as several states, including New York, California and Oregon, move to phase out the sale of new gas-powered vehicles to combat what they maintain is a climate emergency.
Unlike many other States, Wyoming has stood up against Joe Biden's climate change agenda, with officials arguing that oil and gas production has created 'countless jobs' and contributed 'revenues to the state of Wyoming throughout its history.
The Bill also points out that Wyoming lacks charging stations and that 'the critical minerals used in electric batteries are not easily recyclable or disposable, something that other states have failed to consider when implementing their climate change plans.
Wyoming's economy is oil and gas reliant.
In 2021, Wyoming was placed as the eighth top oil producer in the US, producing 85.43 million barrels. Today, approximately 100 companies are operating 30,000 miles of pipelines in Wyoming, not including all gathering systems or all inactive or abandoned pipelines.
Eco-activists, already angered by the bill, became 'outraged' when it was revealed that the Bill goes on to praise gas-powered vehicles as enabling the state's industries and businesses to ship goods and resources across the US, and even goes on to note that the US '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 Bill also states '"On the other hand, the shift to electric vehicles would '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 move is likely to be followed by other oil-rich States making Joe Biden's 2030 Agenda less likely to be realised.