If you’ve listened to the news of the day much at all in recent months or simply just browsed through social media, you’ll know that the push for electric vehicles is only growing. Thanks to progressive and anti-climate change efforts by Democratic President Joe Biden and his cronies, just about anything that runs on fossil fuels, such as the cars most of us drive, have been deemed irresponsible and even criminal to the survival of our world.
As such, there has been a massive push to eliminate these transportation methods and any other industry that uses fossil fuels. Wind and solar power have been pushed instead of coal and natural gas. And recently, even gas stoves have come under fire.
As you’ve probably heard, states like California and New York have since begun programs that will supposedly eliminate all gas-powered vehicles by 2035 or some similar year. Naturally, moving in that direction, most car manufacturers have started an increased push to get more electric or hybrid vehicles out of the door.
However, some states seem to be moving in the opposite direction.
Take Wyoming, for instance.
A number of its lawmakers have recently proposed a bill that, if passed, would work to phase out not gas-powered vehicles but electric ones by 2035.
SJ0004, as it is called, moves to “ensure the stability” rather than the destruction of the state’s oil and gas industry, according to the new Tesla industry news site Teslarati. Sponsoring lawmakers include state Senators Jim Anderson, Brian Boner, Ed Cooper, Dan Dockstader, and Representatives Donald Burkhart Jr. and Bill Henderson.
According to both history and these lawmakers, the oil industry has been a proud part of the state for generations, creating “countless jobs” and billions in revenue.
Naturally, many state leaders are rather hesitant to bring all of that to a stop, which is what they see the electric vehicle push precisely doing.
Officials said, “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.”
Additionally, most in the state find using electric vehicles rather “impractical.”
For starters, Wyoming is a state filled with cattle ranchers, farmers, and a bevy of other employees who constantly need to haul equipment, livestock, or grain. And none of those are easily accomplished with EVs.
Neither do such vehicles perform well in the cold or on uneven terrains, such as the Rocky Mountains that span the entire length of the state, as numerous EV owners can tell you.
Another problem that plagues the state is the lack of EV charging stations. As you can imagine, the state has not been willing to spend billions of taxpayer funding to ensure that charging stations show up every few miles or so of rugged mountains for the very few people driving them.
According to Electrek, a measly .04 percent of the Wyoming population has bought into the hype of electric vehicles. That is a mere 510 EVs in the state, by the way.
Lawmakers and those actually concerned with environmental problems are also worried about the difficulties the massively expensive battery packs pose. Batteries, in general, are difficult to dispose of. But EV batteries are even more problematic, with even fewer ways to get rid of or even store them. After all, it’s not like they just be recycled like plastics.
And if the state were to push for EVs as California and New York have, it means they would have to spend even more money to produce new facilities and policies just to get rid of batteries.
Naturally, all of these cons have led many in the state to indeed see EVs en masse as impractical. And according to Electrek data, it’s not the only state to think this way. Both North and South Dakota, Montana, Mississippi, and West Virginia also don’t have many EVs within their borders, as people just don’t see it as necessary.
Could it be possible that these states could begin a push in the opposite direction as the left?