We can only hope that someday soon electric vehicles (EVs) will be less expensive, more eco-friendly, and safer. In the meantime, numerous issues have been identified with them including:
- Battery fires that are difficult to extinguish (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
- Batteries that are difficult and expensive to recycle
- Charging them threatens power grids (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and medical implants
- Cold weather reduces EV battery performance
- They emit high levels of biologically and environmentally harmful electromagnetic and wireless radiation (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
- Mining for battery ingredients IS NOT eco-friendly (see 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Oversized models create increased road safety risks
Regardless of these issues, EVs still have many proponents including the Biden Administration which continues to fund their manufacturing, maintenance, and operation. Some Wyoming legislators, however, want to get them out of their state and keep it that way.
From Ars Technica:
Wyoming Republicans take a stand, want to ban electric cars
As childish legislative stunts go, this one is certainly pathetic.
Legislators of the nation’s least-populous state are taking a brave stand against modernity and climate action. They’re sponsoring SJ0004, “Phasing out new electric vehicle sales by 2035,” an uncomplicated bill that expresses the state’s goal to phase out sales of new EVs by 2035 and asks Wyoming’s industries and citizens to do their civic duty in resisting the EV. Copies of the resolution would be sent to the White House, leaders in Congress, and the governor of California.
The motivation, according to the bill’s preamble, is that the oil and gas industry is important to the state, a state with fewer than 600,000 residents. Wyoming is proud of its oil and gas industry, and that gas—here presumably meaning “gasoline” and not the natural gas referred to in the bill’s early sentences—powers vehicles that drive on the state’s vast stretches of highway.
The bill’s authors think Wyoming’s interstate network is too desolate for electric vehicles, particularly since there is no existing EV charging infrastructure, they claim.
The authors also decry the fact that EVs require certain critical minerals—not currently supplied by the state of Wyoming—and that these could end up polluting landfills in Wyoming, in obvious ignorance of the enormous recycling potential for EV batteries.
Therefore, in order to protect the incomes of people who earn money extracting hydrocarbons from the ground or moving them around the state, sales of new EVs must be banned in Wyoming by 2035, the bill argues.
The date is no coincidence; 2035 is the year by which California wants to phase out sales of new internal combustion engine-powered vehicles. And that same year is when US President Joe Biden wants at least 50 percent of all new vehicles sold in the US to be EVs.