A group of Wyoming Republican Party lawmakers wants to stop selling electric vehicles by 2035, saying the move will help protect the oil and gas industry.
The measure, presented to the state legislature on Friday, was proposed by six lawmakers who said electric vehicles would hamper Wyoming’s ability to trade with other states. The bill says citizens and businesses will be advised not to buy electric vehicles until the ban goes into effect.
“The proliferation of electric vehicles at the expense of classic transportation will have a detrimental effect on the people of Wyoming and will damage its economy, as well as the state’s ability to effectively participate in trade,” the bill says.
The bill says that adding new charging stations would require “massive” amounts of new energy to “survive the misadventures of electric vehicles.”
The bill added that the state’s oil industry employs thousands of people.