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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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2015 Okie Funk In Review II

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(This is the second 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)

Quakenadoes, April 10, 2015

Did you feel that 4.3 magnitude earthquake Wednesday as you worried about the severe weather coming into the Oklahoma City area?

Welcome to our new reality here. You are forgiven momentarily for your state of disbelief and despair. I was actually looking out the window at the sky in my office window searching for storm clouds when things started shaking. I was left feeling that with just a bit more punch and a longer shaking my office building would have collapsed on top of me. Now, what about those tornadoes? It’s just unbelievable.

The surge in earthquakes here over the last few years, according to scientists, has been caused by the wastewater disposal process used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas. In that process, chemically-laced wastewater from the fracking process is injected by high pressure underground into rock formations. This causes instability in the state’s fault lines triggering earthquakes.

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2015 Okie Funk In Review I

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(This is the first 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)

Now Replaying The 1980s, January 21, 2015

There are two things making the fracking bust here in Oklahoma difficult to comprehend and analyze.

First, the world oil glut caused by the hydraulic fracturing boom in Oklahoma and other states was based on poor planning and greed and was entirely predictable.

Second, the local energy news reporting about the situation continues to be shallow if not simply propaganda, making it difficult to determine what major reductions lie ahead in terms of layoffs and overall reductions in government revenues, which affects everyone.

Let’s deal with the first issue. It’s a case of simply supply and demand economics, a concept fairly neutral in terms of political affiliation. When there’s an over supply of anything for sale, either more demand must be created or the prices will drop. In the case of oil, which gets refined into gasoline, this country has made great and needed strides in recent years to reduce demand by producing cars that use less gasoline. In the case of natural gas, some of which fuels power plants and warms our houses and buildings, the country has reduced demand through solar and wind power.

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