AARP Launches Ad Campaign Against OGE Rate Hike Request

  A $92.5 million rate hike requested by OGE from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is being fought by the AARP. The organization, under the leadership of State Director Sean Voskuhl has launched a media campaign and even bought time on radio to fight the request. “We feel like it’s unjustified, that amount, and also adding …

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J-D Strong Says it Again….Scott Pruitt is the man for the EPA Job

Former Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment J.D. Strong said it before a U.S. Senate Committee and continues to say it.  He thinks Attorney General Scott Pruitt  is the right man to take over the Environmental Protection Agency. Now the head of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Department, Strong was interviewed by WNYC, a pair of non-profit …

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Oklahoma Legislators File Bills to End Utility Interim Rates

Two bills filed with the Oklahoma Legislature would put an end to interim rates for regulated utilities during lengthy rate cases, according to a report in The Oklahoman. Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has authored Senate Bill 282 while Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, submitted House Bill 1891. Both bills aim to stop interim rates if …

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Trump’s Pipeline Decision Supported by Harold Hamm

Among those excited about President Trump’s decision this week to reverse President Obama’s moves to block the Keystone XL pipeline and stop further construction of the Dakota Access pipeline is Harold Hamm. The chairman of Continental Resources based in Oklahoma City and one-time energy adviser to Trump during his 2016 run for the White House …

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Slow and Steady Improvement in Oklahoma’s Employment Sector

A statewide jobs report released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission shows Oklahoma’s economy is improving slowly but steadily. Economist Lynn Gray with the Commission said the December jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percent to rest at an even 5 percent. “It was also the third straight month of improvement,” said Gray in an …

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Sen. Barrasso Makes Case for Pruitt to Head EPA

While Attorney General Scott Pruitt waits during a Democrat-caused delay of a Senate confirmation vote on his nomination to head the EPA, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is drumming up support for him. Speaking Monday on the Senate floor, Sen. John Barrasso told the full Senate that Pruitt should …

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Senators Say Moving Ahead with Keystone XL is Long Overdue

  President Trump’s decision to move ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access oil line got the support Tuesday from Oklahoma U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford. “The completion of these important pipelines is long overdue and great news for domestic energy producers, our economy and our national security,” said the …

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Trump Orders Freeze of Activity at EPA

It’s not a secret President Donald Trump had the Environmental Protection Agency in his sights as he took office. And on Tuesday, he proved it by announcing and implementing a media blackout at the EPA. His order also bars staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. President Trump’s move bans the EPA from making …

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Environmentalists on Trump’s Pipeline Reversal Orders—-“It’s a Dark Day”

  Environmentalists and others who opposed the Keystone XL pipeline knew it was likely coming when Donald Trump was elected President. On Tuesday, he carried through with his pledge to reverse the executive orders of President Obama that stopped construction of the Keystone as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Environmentalists responded …

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Trump Follows Through on Campaign Pledge—-Reverses Obama’s Order Against Keystone Pipeline

For some oil and gas operators, President Trump’s action on Tuesday was what they wanted—-a reversal of President Obama’s decision against the Keystone XL oil pipeline and later a move to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. President Trump had campaigned on the promise of reversing Obama’s Keystone decision and with …

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