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WYOMING SENATOR INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO BAN THE SALE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN THE STATE
By Jenna Hoffman, AgWeb.com

California turned heads in August when its lawmakers pushed and passed legislation to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles state-wide by 2035. In Wyoming, similar legislation was recently proposed, but on the opposite side of the aisle.

Wyoming State Sen. Jim Anderson (R-Wyo.) introduced a resolution last Friday aimed at phasing out electric vehicle sales in Wyoming by 2035. According to the resolution, the concept is being considered in order to sustain the state's oil and gas industry.

"The oil and gas industry in Wyoming has created countless jobs and contributed revenue to the state," says Sen. Dan Dockstader (R-Wyo.). "Wyoming will be robbed of 12,000 to 16,000 jobs if we dismiss gas vehicles for the sake electric. It's unacceptable."

Tabled Until 2024

Following the proposal, the resolution was referred to Wyoming's minerals committee, where it was discussed and tabled, "at least," through the year, Dockstader says.

"The resolution won't be heard on the Senate floor in 2023, but we will revisit it in 2024," he says.

The resolution discussion follows the Biden administration's federal ban on oil and gas leasing. According to Dockstader, the ban is costing Wyoming $304 million per year, from 2021 to 2025.

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