"An Oklahoma Suburb, Tornado-Ready"

Environmental Economics

That would increase the cost of an average Oklahoma home by $2,000. Not a bad deal, you might say, considering that an average of 64 tornadoes strike Oklahoma every year, behind only the considerably larger state of Texas, with 149, and Kansas, with 93, according to the federal government’s Storm Prediction Center. Oklahoma has suffered by our estimate more than $30 billion in normalized damage from tornadoes over the last 25 years.

It is time for Oklahoma's oil and gas industry to join the fight in saving the Edmond suburb!

Environmental Economics

Fight the good fight: Facing a six-year barrage of increasingly large earthquakes, Oklahoma regulators are effectively ordering the state’s powerful oil-and-gas industry to substantially cut back the underground disposal of industry wastes that have caused the tremors across the state. The directive covers 411 injection wells in a rough circle that includes Oklahoma City and points northeast. Oklahoma monthly production (Q) = 12,084,000 barrels  Revenue = P*Q = $473,209,440.

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Oklahoma Congressman Hasn't "Seen Reports" on Climate Disruption, so We Googled them for him

Sierra Club Compass

Oklahoma Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin represents a state plagued in recent years by devastating tornadoes, droughts, and storms - severe weather that has disrupted life for hundreds of thousands of residents, exacerbated by climate change. " In fact, two authors FROM Oklahoma contributed to the section on the effects of climate disruption on Great Plains state like the one where Mullin's constituents live. A Helpful map for Congressman Markwayne Mullin.

Earth Source Organics Announces Drive to Help Tornado Victims in Oklahoma

Green (Living) Review

Earth Source Organics partners with Feeding America to aid those affected by the deadly Oklahoma tornado. San Diego, CA, June 07, 2013 : In the suburbs of Oklahoma City, a massive tornado left a 17-mile path of destruction on Monday, May 20th, causing tragic fatalities and hundreds of injuries. We want to connect all people in spirit, love, and compassion, especially during this terribly sad time in Oklahoma,” says owner Audrey Darrow.

The Green Buzz: Monday, June 3

Cool Green Science

Oklahoma has been pummeled by tornadoes — but why? Today we’re talking weather, greenwashing, and fighting deforestation. National Geographic ). A complaint from environmental groups is exposing what exactly is behind those green labels. ( The New York Times ). Environmentalists got one major firm to quit greenwashing and deforestation in Indonesia. ( NPR ). Need a little inspiration for what activities to do outside ? Look no further. Washington Post ).

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Close Encounter: Black Bear Showdown

Cool Green Science

By Jay Pruett, Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Oklahoma. As the director of conservation for Oklahoma, hiking in Glacier National Park — the Crown of the Continent — was an opportunity to experience entirely different habitats and wildlife from what we have back home. [Editor's Note: Have you had a close encounter with nature? In this ongoing blog series, Nature Conservancy staff share their thrilling and unexpected encounters with nature.

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Is it scooter company Lime’s moment to shine?

AGreenLiving

But in recent weeks Lime has started to open up services, as more of an essential operation, in Paris, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Oklahoma City, Austin, Columbus, Washington, D.C. Lime has seen median trip times double in Oklahoma City and Columbus since reopening, indicating that riders are using scooters for full commutes instead of just first mile and last mile. Is it scooter company Lime’s moment to shine?

Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Data from price tracker GasBuddy.com shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec. a gallon. Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. via money.cnn.com.

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Saving Lives: A New Breed of Tornado Storm Shelter

Green (Living) Review

With about 90 percent of residents in Tornado Alley without any type of storm shelters, Oklahoma Igloo LLC announces a new breed of safe, secure,comfortable, affordable above-ground Tornado Storm Shelter. Norman, OK, July 2013 : Oklahoma Igloo LLC, a Norman OK. do it now, get on the highway” advised a local TV station in Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The Oklahoma Igloo ™ gives the family that secure feeling of safety and comfort which means that they never have to leave home.

Ummmm.well.uh.I, uh.hmmm.pfft

Environmental Economics

Inhofe, an the Oklahoma Republican who once compared the Environmental Protection Agency to the gestapo, is likely to lead the Environment and Public Works Committee when the GOP takes control of the Senate next year. James M. via www.washingtonpost.com.

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Is it ironic?

Environmental Economics

Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming , but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among the biggest economic winners under a regulation proposed by President Obama to fight climate change. I think so: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M.

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The Green Buzz: Friday, January 23

Cool Green Science

Supply chains disrupted because of climate change and Oklahoma continues to experience an unusual amount of earthquakes. Plus, what you thought you knew about the behavior of lemmings turns out to be a bit of movie magic. Read today’s #greennews right now! Animals Climate Change Green Living The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy United States

Jeb Bush on Scott Pruitt's EPA

Environmental Economics

Because just think about it, you have a power plant in Arkansas that's burning coal irresponsibly or inconsistent with the statue, and it comes over to Oklahoma and Texas. From an editorial by Jeb Bush on CNN.com : Our country has been held back over the past eight years because the appropriate balance between federal and state powers has become totally skewed. Individual liberty and our constitutional order have been threatened.

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Record-Breaking Summer Across United States For Temperatures And Drought

Eco Friendly Daily

The Oklahoma Dust Bowl is a well-known event in the United States, an event triggered by severe drought in the state of Oklahoma. In 1934, Oklahoma averaged 85.2 The record-breaking summer has not stopped there, the state of Oklahoma was once again in record-breaking territory. degrees Fahrenheit, putting 2011 Oklahoma in second. Behind the 1934 Oklahoma record, which currently sits in third place, is Louisiana in fourth which averaged 84.5

Where Does Your Wind Energy Come From and Is It Really ‘Green’?

Cool Green Science

Greater prairie chickens at Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma © Harvey Payne The Solution Fortunately, impacts to sensitive habitats and wildlife populations from wind energy can be avoided through proper siting of wind energy facilities. Renewable energy is an important part of our energy future. Fortunately, technology has improved and costs have dropped making wind and solar an increasingly viable option.

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Girl Scouts Camp Trivera combines STEM and sustainable architecture

AGreenLiving

Inhabitat caught up with Shannon Evers, the CEO of Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, to learn more about Camp Trivera. The facility is set to open in September 2020 in Oklahoma City. Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma is proud to lead the way within our community and for the broader network of Girl Scouts throughout the country. Camp Trivera is a space dedicated to progress as a green oasis in the heart of Oklahoma City and a site for girls to pursue STEM education.

Climate change pushes US weather to extremes

AGreenLiving

Oklahoma City saw a temperature this week of -14°F, the coldest it’s been since 1899, before Oklahoma was even a state. “So places like Alaska or Iceland, which today is in the low 40s, is warmer than places like Texas, Louisiana or Oklahoma.

Commercial brands that are also eco friendly

Green Prophet

The company signed a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for 22 megawatts of wind power from the Ponderosa wind farm in Oklahoma to cover more than half of the company’s electricity footprint with renewable energy technologies. .

Daily Demand and Supply: Gas vs Liquids

Environmental Economics

  The Oklahoma-based company is making the move in response to the lowest natural gas prices in a decade. “We Chesapeake Energy is cutting its production of natural gas and shifting its resources toward areas rich in oil and natural-gas liquids, such as propane. The move will likely maintain, or even expand, investment in Ohio's Utica shale. 

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Economics of Natural Hazards on public spending for safe rooms at schools

Environmental Economics

If you consider that Oklahoma has 1,780 campuses and estimates to provide a safe room run from $500,000 to $1,000,000 per campus, the outlay to protect all schools would be immense, $1 to $2 billion dollars. More Kevin Simmons : The Dallas Morning News ran an op-ed I wrote about where to spend tornado safety funds. The most tragic element of last week’s tornado in Moore was that an EF-5 tornado, an extremely rare event, hit two elementary schools with full force. 

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Utilities to battery-powered solar: Get off our lawn

Green (Living) Review

In Oklahoma, utilities pushed through a law this spring that allows them to charge the people who own solar panels and wind turbines more to connect to their electrical grid. In Wisconsin, utilities are jacking up the price to connect to their electrical grid. In Arizona, the state has decided to charge extra property taxes to households that are leasing solar panels. Welcome to the solar backlash.

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A nutty demand and supply example

Environmental Economics

In Texas and Oklahoma, it was a summer drought that hurt the trees. Groan, I know, but use this one if you are tired of those Florida freeze examples: A rare collision of ill-timed rain, marauding animals and a growing love affair between the Chinese middle class and the pecan has resulted in the worst pecan supply in recent memory. As a result, grocery store prices are up by about 30 percent. In 2012, the nation’s pecan orchards produced about 302 million pounds of pecans.

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Seed preservation is vital for a sustainable food system

AGreenLiving

But they’re also… spirituality,” says Electa Hare-RedCorn, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and a Yankton descendant. “Our seeds are more than just food for us. Yes, they are nutrition. “Each seed has a story and each seed has a prayer.”With ”With a background in social work, Hare-RedCorn was brought on to the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project in 2012 as a seed-keeper, to carry the conversation forward with youth and families.

He said, he said

Environmental Economics

James Lankford of Oklahoma countered: “For more than two years, his administration has knowingly increased energy prices by choking off new sources of traditional American energy and smothering our economy in new energy regulations.

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Scott Pruitt's EPA: a dream for oil and gas firms is nightmare for environment

Green (Living) Review

The Oklahoma attorney general has been a raucous supporter of fossil fuel companies and repeatedly sought to hobble the public health regulations he will soon be responsible for as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Republican, he was elected attorney general of Oklahoma in 2010 after a spell as a state senator. Oklahoma has experienced a huge increase in earthquakes due to a boom in drilling over the past decade.

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A price floor for U.S. gas

Environmental Economics

in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Maximilian Auffhammer at the energy blog with no name : The national average price for gasoline is $1.80 this week, with a minimum of $1.29 The external costs for a gallon of gasoline, as estimated in a now classic paper , are approximately $2 per gallon. This means that the average American is currently purchasing gasoline at half of its true social cost.

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Congress knows best

Environmental Economics

Tom Coburn, a Republican of Oklahoma who has sharply criticized the foundation's spending priorities. Congress took a giant step on Wednesday toward easing the threat of another budget stalemate, but the price of securing that compromise will continue to be felt at research universities and especially at those involved in political science. The Senate, by a vote of 73 to 26, approved a measure to finance the government through the end of the fiscal year, on September 30.

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Estée Lauder shows the planet beauty is more than skin deep

Green Prophet

The company signed a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for 22 megawatts of wind power from the Ponderosa wind farm in Oklahoma to cover more than half of the company’s electricity footprint with renewable energy technologies.

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Tigers, humans at risk for coronavirus as ‘Tiger King’ zoo reopens

AGreenLiving

Droves of people descended upon Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, made famous by the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, when it reopened May 2. Oklahoma’s pandemic restrictions had closed the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for about a month. We’ve already seen interspecies transmission of COVID-19 happen in the Bronx , where an asymptomatic zookeeper infected five tigers and four lions.

Tigers, humans at risk for coronavirus as ‘Tiger King’ zoo reopens

AGreenLiving

Droves of people descended upon Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, made famous by the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, when it reopened May 2. Oklahoma’s pandemic restrictions had closed the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for about a month. We’ve already seen interspecies transmission of COVID-19 happen in the Bronx , where an asymptomatic zookeeper infected five tigers and four lions.

Tigers, humans at risk for coronavirus as ‘Tiger King’ zoo reopens

AGreenLiving

Droves of people descended upon Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, made famous by the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, when it reopened May 2. Oklahoma’s pandemic restrictions had closed the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for about a month. We’ve already seen interspecies transmission of COVID-19 happen in the Bronx , where an asymptomatic zookeeper infected five tigers and four lions.

The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013

Sierra Club Compass

#1)  WIND SAVES CUSTOMERS MONEY IN OKLAHOMA Wind prices have fallen so much this year that utilities are now investing in it because wind power saves consumers money. Earlier this year, as a result of a settlement with the Sierra Club, American Electric Power announced it would add enough wind energy to power 200,000 homes in Oklahoma.

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Aboriginal hunting practice helps kangaroos

Green (Living) Review

It’s critical to have fire, but also to not have too much fire,” Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf, professor of fire and ecology at Oklahoma State University, told TreeHugger. In the depths of the Australian winter, small fires burn through the Little Sandy Desert. These fires are special, lit and controlled by the Martu, an aboriginal group in the Western part of the country. The Martu burn the grass and brush over small areas of less than 10 acres to look for holes where sand monitor lizards burrow.

Squirrel Park turns shipping containers into affordable housing units

AGreenLiving

London-based firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has done just that with Squirrel Park, a shipping-container housing development in Oklahoma City that combines the best of green building with sophisticated design. Keeping Oklahoma’s extremely hot and humid climate in mind, the team painted the exterior of the shipping containers white to reduce solar heat gain and added mirrored strips to reflect the sun’s glare.

What is Fracking?

Green Home Blog

Other reports of possible, similar events came out of Oklahoma as well as 13 other states involved in fracking projects during the same year. What is Fracking? Man continues to forge ahead with fossil fuel technology regardless of a barrage of various warnings of pollution, water compromise and of course global warming.

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Ride the Future Tour Aims to Electrify the Country

Sierra Club Compass

The 3,000-mile adventure, which should finish in mid-August, will include stops in places not known for plug-in vehicles, such as Oklahoma and Tennessee, in an effort to increase the technology's exposure and introduce these vehicles to people. "I On Independence Day, while most will be taking a day off work, Sierra Club member Ben Rich will be navigating one of ten plug-in vehicles on a cross-country trip.

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Blog Award! Love Ya!

Green Earth Journey

I'm giving The Love Ya Award to: Estela over at Life of a Bird , blogs about her life in Oklahoma and her creations for her Etsy shop, oh and she finds fantastic music! Marianna from Green Mama's Pad just sent me this lovely award!!!! Thank you Marianna, I will be checking out your blog from now on! It's nice to here from those who visit but dont comment, at least not often!!! Although I see she is getting in on the contests!! The Love Ya Blog Award: These blogs are exceedingly charming.

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The war on the homeless

Green (Living) Review

Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than fifty other big cities have adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food sharing laws. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the USA, the land of the free and the home of the brave, Philadelphia bans outdoor feeding of people in the city. Denver, Colorado, has bans on eating and sleeping on property without permission, and that could and will mean park benches.

A Comment on “An Adding Up Test on Contingent Valuations of River and Lake Quality”

Environmental Economics

Natural Resource Damages Associated with Aesthetic and Ecosystem Injuries to Oklahoma’s Illinois River System and Tenkiller Lake. John C. Whitehead Department of Economics Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina. September 20, 2016. Abstract. Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) find that their CVM survey does not pass the adding up test. Visual inspection suggests little difference in the pattern of data across subsamples and that the data suffers from non-monotonicity.

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Climate Change and the Future of Bison

Nature Conservancy - Science

The climate of Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma is 17°F hotter than at Cross Ranch in North Dakota. The same animal at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma weighed 1,300 lbs. To understand how hotter climates are likely to affect bison, researcher Joe Craine recently led a study that synthesized weights of bison from Nature Conservancy herds as well as a number of other federal, state and private herds. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC.

Mankiw: The Key Role of Conservatives in Taxing Carbon

Environmental Economics

Once again, a majority of Congress has spoken out against a carbon tax,” Oklahoma Sen. Because conservatives heart climate policy?    This summer, a friend sent me  a remarkable headline  from The Seattle Times: “ ‘Green’ Alliance Opposes Petition to Tax Carbon.”. My initial thought was that this doesn’t make sense. It is like reading “Democrats Rally to Cut the Minimum Wage” or “Republicans Unite to Hike Income Taxes.”.

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Recovery: Saving American Burying Beetles, Nature’s Undertakers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now natural populations remain only in parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Rhode Island. One of the beetle’s strongholds is the Conservancy’s 39,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in northern Oklahoma. This “patch-burn grazing” model is a long-term research project with Oklahoma State University to see if innovative fire-cattle management can yield the same biodiversity benefits provided by fire-bison.

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Protecting Our Water from Coal Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

From a "toxic lemonade stand" in Pennsylvania, to a "Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Swimsuit Competition" in Missouri, and from a kayaking trip outside a coal plant in Oklahoma to a fish-less fish fry in Illinois, activists from coast to coast will be calling for the EPA to finalize the strongest possible standards to protect American families from dangerous toxic water pollution. Think about this: Have you spent a day out on the water this summer? Swimming? Fishing? Boating?

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