Scientists are getting better data on the earth’s changing climate. Now there’s a push to use the information stream to help us cope with the extremes we know are coming. One leader in this is Oklahoma.
The 100th Meridian passes through Oklahoma and splits the continent in two. An explorer and geologist in the late-1800s suggested this map line marked the start of the arid American West. Scientists now say he was right — and that climate change is moving it, which could have profound effects on farmers and ranchers.
There’s an army of Republicans pushing against Obama’s Paris climate plan, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is one of its generals.
A press release from Pruitt’s office says representatives from Oklahoma were at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. first thing Friday morning to ask the federal court to review the Clean Power Plan.
“And in one archdiocese — Oklahoma City — Church officials have signed three new oil and gas leases since Francis’s missive on the environment, leasing documents show.”
The forecast for the fall and winter is especially important for Oklahoma’s number one crop: winter wheat.
Oklahoma’s largest utility companies say they’re already on track to meet the carbon-reduction goals in the federal plan.