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The Oklahoma Oil Billionaire Shaping Donald Trump’s Bid to Win on Energy Issues

Donald Trump at a campaign stop at the Oklahoma State Fair in September 2015.

Donald Trump is wooing energy-state voters by promising a presidency that will champion coal, promote drilling and free frackers from federal regulations limiting oil and gas development. If the Republican candidate’s energy platform sounds like it was written specifically for fossil fuel companies, that’s because an Oklahoma oil billionaire helped craft it.

Three of Oklahoma’s Largest Oil Companies’ Plan for How the State Should Tax Them

An Oklahoma pump jack.

Executives at Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources and Devon Energy have proposed a plan for Oklahoma’s taxes on oil and natural gas production. The proposal comes as legislators are debating state oil and gas taxes, which include an incentive for horizontal drilling that expires next year. The Oklahoman‘s Adam Wilmoth reports: The newest proposal would change [...]

Wanna Prevent Protests? Protect the Environment, Oil Execs Tell Themselves

The Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska, a state where environmental concern over the proposed pathway forced planners to reroute the pipeline away from ecologically sensitive areas.

Executives and experts with oil and natural gas companies met in Oklahoma City earlier this week to talk shop. And while the desire for more pipelines dominated much of the discussion — Keystone XL is just the beginning, apparently — the Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports that maintaining the public trust over environmental issues was [...]

Why Oklahoma Oil Billionaire Harold Hamm Switched Sides on the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Barack Obama speaking to supporters in a pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., where the Keystone XL Pipeline connects on its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a key part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, which Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm is helping craft as chief energy adviser. But only three years ago, Hamm — chairman and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources — used to be “one of the most effective” opponents of the pipeline project, [...]

Oil Billionaire Harold Hamm on Federal Tax Incentives: ‘No One Sent Me a Check’

Harold Hamm, CEO of Oklahoma's Continental Resources, is chairman of Mitt Romney's campaign energy advisory committee.

Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm visited Washington, D.C. on Thursday to defend oil and gas industry tax incentives and to urge lawmakers to open more federally owned land for drilling. Hamm, CEO and Chairman of Oklahoma oil giant Continental Resources and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s chief energy adviser, also took issue with the underlying cause of President [...]

Why Oklahoma Natural Gas Producers Are Reinventing Themselves

Oklahoma Oil

Low prices, warm weather and abundant production are forcing natural gas companies to refocus on oil. This is an important shift for Oklahoma, an epicenter of the natural gas industry. The Oklahoman ran a great profile of how Oklahoma natural gas companies are trying to reinvent themselves as oil outfits. In many ways, natural gas [...]

Mitt Romney’s New Energy Adviser is an Oklahoma Oil Billionaire

Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm has been appointed energy adviser to Republican primary front-runner Mitt Romney. Hamm is the founder and CEO of Enid-based Continental Resources Inc., and was ranked 36th on Forbes magazine’s list of 400 wealthiest Americans. His 68 percent stake in Continental is valued at $11.2 billion, reports Bloomberg News.

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