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Wyoming lawmaker admits proposal to ban EVs is just a stupid stunt

A Tesla car recharges its battery at the Supercharger on March 10, 2022 in San Bruno, California.

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It was a shock to absolutely no one, that Wyoming State Senator Republican Party sponsored a bill that would phase out electric vehicle sales in the state by 2035 said he never intended to pass, and it’s really just a stuntman. Based on car news, State Senator Jim Anderson added that he is not berating anyone for buying tram. Indeed a guy.

Basically, an invoice exists only as a dumb middle finger to other states are moving in the opposite direction, i.e. phasing out vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. It specifically targets the new rules from California Air Resources Board to promote zero-emission vehicles by 2035.

Anderson says all of this is being done in an effort to maintain customer choice. “It is not good to dictate to the people what kind of vehicle they will buy, because of all the problems with [electric vehicles]’, Anderson said car news. He went on to say that the bill is intended to “make a statement.”

“Pass or not pass does not matter,” Mr. speak. So yeah, it’s all just one big stunt to spark outrage.

Part of the bill says that when electric vehicles become standard, it will have a “bad effect” on Wyoming because the oil and gas industry “has long been one of Wyoming’s proud and valued industries.”

Anderson said that despite the fact the bill encourages industries and citizens to limit sales and purchase of new electric vehicles, folks in Wyoming can still buy any type of vehicle they want.

The bill also contains a number of inaccuracies including the idea that battery materials are not “easily recyclable or disposable.” It adds that Wyoming’s landfills are incapable of handling “all the batteries that are hazardous material.”

A spokesperson for the Zero Emissison Transportation Association told AutoNews that the idea of EV batteries not being recyclable is “clearly not the case.” They added that most battery components are “infinitely reusable” as long as critical minerals maintain their purity.

The bill is functionally dead in committee, but if by some weird miracle it does make its way though and passes, it won’t really have much of an impact on vehicle sales. The outlet reports that car buyers in Wyoming only purchased 228 electric vehicles in the first 11 months of last year. Somehow that wasn’t the lowest total, though, as only 213 BEVs were purchased by North Dakota residents last year.

So, what have we learned here? Well, other than the fact some lawmakers will waste everyone’s time with pointless, dead-end, self-serving bills, nothing really. But, I suppose we already knew that.


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