Wisconsin Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would outlaw bans on gas-powered vehicles, snow blowers, lawnmowers and other machines. The proposed legislation seeks to protect the rights of citizens in the state to own and use gasoline-powered engines for their everyday needs.
The bill is being championed by Rep. Ellen Schutt (R-Clinton), who argues that it is necessary to prevent local governments from banning gas-powered vehicles without consideration for the people who rely on them. She believes that such bans could be “reckless” and could have an adverse effect on those who depend on gasoline engines for their livelihoods.
Opponents of the bill argue that it would limit local governments’ ability to regulate emissions and reduce air pollution in their jurisdictions. They point out that electric vehicles are more environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered ones, and that banning them could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Wisconsin.
Experts in the field are divided on the issue. Some believe that a ban on gas-powered vehicles would be beneficial for the environment, while others argue that it would be too restrictive and could have unintended consequences for citizens who rely on them.
At present, seven states plan to ban sales of gas-powered vehicles after 2035, but Wisconsin has yet to join them. The bill proposed by Rep. Schutt has not yet been voted upon, so its fate remains uncertain at this time. It remains to be seen whether or not the bill will pass or if it will be blocked by opponents of its passage.