NewEnergyNews: The Oklahoma Wind War

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    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    The Oklahoma Wind War

    In Oklahoma, a war over wind power

    Ryan Maye Handy, February 14, 2018 (Houston Chronicle)

    “…[In Oklahoma, where officials are contending with a massive budget deficit, long-simmering tensions between the oil and gas industry and renewables advocates] have broken out into a war over wind power that has already eliminated the state's renewable energy tax credit program and threatens to further undermine financial supports for the burgeoning wind industry. In the latest development, a plan backed by oil and gas interests to impose new taxes on wind energy production failed in the Oklahoma House…[It] was a rare victory for wind power in a year-long battle that has pitted it against Oklahoma's political establishment and the state's powerful oil and gas industry…[Wind advocates] expect the Legislature to try again to impose new taxes on wind power and move to cut incentives already awarded to projects in years past…[The driving force behind the campaign against wind is billionaire] Harold Hamm, chief executive of one of the nation's biggest independent oil companies and an energy advisor to President Donald Trump…His company's political action committee has contributed nearly $180,000 to Oklahoma state legislators from both sides of the aisle since 2015…” click here for more

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