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U.S. Sen. Lankford Moves to Permanently ‘Sunset’ Federal Wind Incentive

The Chisholm View wind farm near Hunter, Okla.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to remove an expired wind energy incentive from the federal tax code. The federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy expired in December 2014, but since it’s part of the tax code, lawmakers can extend it by bundling it with legislation to extend other tax credits and [...]

Federal Judge Strips Lesser Prairie Chicken of Endangered Species Status


A Texas federal judge on Tuesday overturned endangered species protections for the lesser prairie chicken. U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t properly consider a voluntary conservation plan established for Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico before listing the bird as “threatened” under the Endangered Species [...]

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