Energy

Many misconceptions about benefits of wind industry in Oklahoma

In "Wind power key to state's rural economy" (Point of View, March 4), Beaver County Commissioner Brad Raven outlined reasons he believed industrial wind was good for rural Oklahoma. I'd like to clear up a few misconceptions.

March 13, 2017
Budget & Tax, Energy

It’s Time to Repeal Wind-Energy Tax Incentives

Due to the issue of global warming, or climate change, or catastrophic weather—that is, the claim this real-or-not phenomenon has resulted from mankind’s production of carbon dioxide and the resultant increase in that trace gas’s concentration in the atmosphere—the federal government and many states have encouraged investment in wind-powered electricity generation.

Byron Schlomach
January 1, 2017
Budget & Tax, Energy

Free Market Friday: Decimating wind subsidies

In a report from the state of Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission on the tax credit for zero-emission facilities, the commission made clear that state subsidies for wind power generation in Oklahoma are decimating the state budget.

Jonathan Small
November 4, 2016
Energy

Sustainability: The Left’s New Façade

The Sooner State suffers less from eco-apocalypticism than most, but it isn’t immune to environmental groupthink. Look no further than the college campus, where ill-conceived ideologies flourish under the innocent-sounding label of “sustainability.”

Rachelle Peterson
June 1, 2016
Energy

Wind Subsidies Stay in Budget, Dept. of Commerce Gives Lobbyists Custom Socks

As the final days of Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session wind down to final hours, more than $200 million in annual subsidies for wind power corporations remains in the budget. In celebration of maintaining taxpayer subsidies, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce gave gifts of custom socks to wind power lobbyists.

May 25, 2016
Energy

Free Market Friday: Winded by subsidies

Fiscal calamity is brewing and Oklahomans will be hurt without decisive action. State policymakers must end the state’s wind subsidies and other detrimental policies regarding wind energy production.

Jonathan Small
February 20, 2016
Energy

Free Market Friday: Enough with the solar subsidies

Last year, the Oklahoma Legislature agreed – with overwhelming support from both political parties – that one group of electricity customers should not be forced to subsidize another group of customers. Now that principle, not to mention state law, is threatened by special interests bent on protecting their unfair advantage.

Jonathan Small
January 22, 2016