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Oklahoma Fracking Ban Would Stop Earthquakes

I know for many people here this seems like a radical idea, but the only way to bring an end to all these earthquakes in Oklahoma is to ban oil and gas companies from using the fracking process to extract fossil fuels in our state.

Obviously, the negative economic impact of prohibiting hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” would be immense here, but it might finally kickstart the state government into truly diversifying the local economy while doing what it’s supposed to do, which is protecting the safety of citizens and their property.

The major 4.3- and 4.2-magnitude earthquakes that recently rocked Edmond just north of Oklahoma City have brought the issue to the forefront. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has tried to micromanage the problem, but we now know the fracking process has most likely reactivated a new fault line running from Edmond to downtown Oklahoma City. The lesson here is that Oklahoma, in a basic geological sense, is just not suited for fracking.

The major quakes are just beginning for the state’s most populous area. Get ready. It’s going to be intense. But if the state bans fracking, the quakes will stop. It’s a choice for voters or leavers.

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2015 Okie Funk In Review IV

Amnesty International Anti-Death Penalty Summit poster 2012

(This is the last of four posts containing excerpts from posts published on Okie Funk in 2015. It was an interesting but overall a somewhat turbulent political year in Oklahoma. Under Republican domination, for example, the state now faces a revenue failure and an approximately $1 billion budget shortfall for next fiscal year. I appreciate everyone who has followed this blog through the years, and I wish you a wonderful 2016.—Kurt Hochenauer)

Potassium In Large Quantities, October 9, 2015

“The active ingredient is potassium, which, when injected in large quantities, stops the heart . . .”—Gov. Mary Fallin, as quoted in The Oklahoman, October 9, 2015

In their relentless and ruthless quest to kill people, some state leaders here are obviously exposing the brutality and arbitrariness of the death penalty in this country.

Lethal injection was invented in Oklahoma and first legalized here, and this is where it’s eventually going to come to an end. Even the person who pushed for its legalization thinking he was ending gas chambers and electric chairs, the late Rev. Bill Wiseman, died in a 2007 place crash with tremendous regret over the issue.

The latest news is that the last inmate executed here, Charles Warner, was given a wrong drug in what state officials call “the protocol.” Warner was given potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride, which isn't an approved drug for lethal injection in Oklahoma. As he died on the gurney last January, he cried out, “My body is on fire.”

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2015 Okie Funk In Review III

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(This is the third of four posts containing excerpts from posts published on Okie Funk in 2015. It was an interesting but overall a somewhat turbulent political year in Oklahoma. Under Republican domination, for example, the state now faces a revenue failure and an approximately $1 billion budget shortfall for next fiscal year. I appreciate everyone who has followed this blog through the years, and I wish you a wonderful 2016.—Kurt Hochenauer)

Lankford Misses Mark In Planned Parenthood Speech, July 20, 2015

Our junior Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Lankford spoke on the Senate floor last Thursday about a sting video showing a Planned Parenthood executive supposedly talking rather bluntly about using aborted fetuses for medical research.

Obviously, Lankford, a Southern Baptist who is a social conservative in red-state Oklahoma, opposes abortion and gave a rather dramatic speech on the issue, mentioning proudly in a news release, “At the time of the speech, Lankford was the only Senator to speak on the floor about the Planned Parenthood video.”

But the video itself has come under fire for distortion with cherry-picked editing and slicing, though the organization has now released the entire video. No matter what you might think about the use of fetal tissue for research, it’s simply not right for a politically oriented organization to send undercover operatives to produce a video or story that obviously aims to support their agenda. This is unethical at worst, and at the very least, it’s not valuable for presenting an unbiased view of any political issue.

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