11.25.2014

With our prevailing winds, this could be significant news for Oklahoma's air quality. "The EPA also found that Texas had not done enough to limit the effect of its pollution on downwind states, Oklahoma in particular."


EPA rejects a Texas clean-air plan, orders pollution upgrades on some big coal plants
thescoopblog.dallasnews.com
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday rejected parts of a key Texas clean-air plan, setting up a conflict with deep implications both for the state’s electricity mix and air quality…
11.24.2014

The price for renewable power keeps dropping. Good example: Oklahoma's GRDA - which provides power to many of our towns and coops - estimates that its new wind power agreement will save its customers roughly $50 million.


Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
www.nytimes.com
The cost of electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted, making it in some places cheaper than coal or natural gas.
11.23.2014

better schedule that trip to Glacier National Park while there are still glaciers


Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park
www.nytimes.com
In a century, the number of glaciers in Montana’s Glacier National Park, on the Canadian border, has dropped to about 25 from 150.
11.19.2014

“As one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, OSU is committed to sustainability in our practices, education, research and outreach,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “We are nurturing a culture of respect for, and commitment to, sustainable practices and environmental stewardship with our students that will extend beyond our campuses. We are honored to receive this distinction and will continue to expand the use of green power to improve our campuses and our world.”


EPA honors Oklahoma State for green power leadership
www.stwnewspress.com
Oklahoma State University is being recognized as a national leader for its use of green power practices and technology with a Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
11.18.2014

New study says lightning will increase with climate change, could mean more wildfires for the state


Lightning will increase with climate change, study predicts
www.latimes.com
Lightning strikes in the lower 48 U.S. states will increase about 12% for every degree rise in Earth's average temperature, potentially sparking more wildfires, according to a new study.
11.18.2014

Study: fossil fuel subsidies dwarf renewable subsidies globally


Fossil fuels with $550 billion subsidies hurt renewables
fuelfix.com
The findings highlight the policy shift needed to limit global warming, which the IEA said is on track to increase the world’s temperature by 3.6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century.
11.17.2014

going off the grid appeals to a large swath of the population as costs come down


Getting Off-Grid Power Becomes a Family Affair
www.renewableenergyworld.com
David Greene woke up one day and fired his power company. It wasn’t that hard to do. Greene, 48, is neither a hippie nor a survivalist and his environmental leanings are middle of the road. He runs an air conditioning repair service out of his home and lives in the suburbs, not the woods.
11.16.2014

Oklahoma Policy Institute outlines financial services the US Postal Service could provide to the unbanked and underbanked


What a profitable Postal Service looks like (Part Two)
okpolicy.org
We already know from Part One in this series that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has a long history and excellent record of administering financial services, which up until ... Read More
11.15.2014

Mild summer, other factors led to zero ozone pollution exceedances in OK this ozone season


Oklahoma In Compliance With Current Ozone Standard
kgou.org
Oklahoma is in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone as the 2014 ozone season draws to a close. Compliance is determined by
11.14.2014

Fourth consecutive year of drought impacts cotton harvest in SW Oklahoma


Cotton Harvest Under Way In Southwest Oklahoma
www.newson6.com
Cotton fields in southwest Oklahoma are in full bloom and farmers like Matt Muller are beginning to pick their crop near the Quartz Mountains.