Ranking fourth in the country for crude oil production and extraction of natural gas and home to modest coal reserves, Oklahoma has not finalized a statewide climate adaptation plan. At the state level, the politics on climate change is heavily influenced by the fossil fuel sector, and both Oklahoma senators, Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, are prominent climate change deniers. Meanwhile, in spite of wide-spread skepticism of man-made climate change, groups within Oklahoma still are finding ways to prepare for the future. Scientists at University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are monitoring weather patterns and carrying out research on climate change, while municipalities are developing their own climate change adaptation strategies.  

As a Great Plains state, Oklahoma also has a huge capacity for renewable wind energy production, which it is pursuing, although its commitment to an energy transition is unclear. In the 2010 Oklahoma Energy Security Act, the state made a commitment to 15% renewable energy by 2015, and in 2019 it produced nearly 35% of its net electricity from wind. However, in 2019 Oklahoma’s natural gas production also reached an all-time high at 3.2 trillion cubic feet. The state shows no signs of reducing its fossil fuel production soon; the 2010 Energy Security Act also established a natural gas energy standard that declared natural gas the preferred fossil fuel, and Oklahoma Natural Gas began providing rebates to homeowners in 2011 and businesses in 2019. Another sign of Oklahoma’s wavering pursuit of renewable energy is Governor Mary Fallin’s decision to bring the state’s tax incentives for wind energy more than three years early. The tax credit, Fallin said, was instrumental in establishing the wind industry in Oklahoma, which now ranks No. 3 in the nation for installed wind power capacity.

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Which States Are the Most Environmentally Friendly?

By Sarah Lozanova 05/05/22
A majority of Americans see the effects of climate change in their own communities and believe the federal government should do more to stop them. Despite growing concern about the climate crisis, some states are…
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What to know about Oklahoma’s embrace of the electric vehicle industry

By Dale Denwalt 05/02/22
From the introduction of electric vehicle startup Canoo, to the murky details of "Project Ocean," Oklahoma is making plays to lure EV manufacturing into the state.
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Oklahoma creek on ‘America’s Most Endangered Rivers’ list for second year in a row

By Kimberly Barker 04/30/22
Tar Creek, an 11-mile stream polluted with heavy metals from lead and zinc mining, has nabbed a spot on “America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2022” for the second consecutive year. American Rivers — a nonprofit…
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Oklahoma is already a tough place for allergy sufferers. Climate change could make that worse

By Dana Branham 04/25/22
Worsening allergies is only one of the ways Clay Pope has seen climate change play out in his life. Hanging from a wall in the shop of his barn in Loyal, in the northwestern part…
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Oklahoma governor touts importance of electric vehicle partnership

By Kaelan Deese 04/16/22
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is seeking to tune up expectations for one of the leading state economies for oil and gas with a plan to bring in electric vehicle manufacturers to what he calls the…
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Oklahoma has only slightly increased oil and gas production during the Ukraine war. Here’s why

By Adam Kemp 04/14/22
The price for gasoline is up nationwide as American consumers feel the squeeze from global sanctions against Russia.
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Meta signs 200MW wind PPA in Oklahoma

By Dan Swinhoe 04/06/22
Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has signed a 200MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with TransAlta Corporation.
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SWEPCO harnesses wind for customers

By Andrew Moreau 03/26/22
Southwestern Electric Power Co. is now using wind power to deliver electricity to customers in Arkansas and Louisiana through "the largest single wind farm ever built at once in North America."
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Massive new wind center opens operations in Oklahoma

By Journal Record Staff 03/22/22
The Traverse Wind Energy Center, billed as one of the largest wind facilities in the world and the largest ever built in a single phase in North America, has commenced commercial operations in Blaine and…
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OK wind farm now serving Arkansas SWEPCO customers

By C.C. McCandless 03/21/22
According to a press release, the 998-megawatt Traverse Wind Energy Center, the largest single wind farm built at one time in North America, is now providing clean energy to Southwestern Electric Power Co. customers in…
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Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas partner for regional hydrogen hub to compete for IIJA funding

The US states of Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas have entered into a bipartisan three-state partnership to establish a regional hub for development, production, and use of clean hydrogen as fuel and manufacturing feedstock.
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‘We’re Being Wrapped in Poison’: A Century of Oil and Gas Development Has Devastated the Ponca City Region of Northern Oklahoma

By Phil McKenna 12/26/21
When Earl “Trey” Howe III returned home here after four years of military service, the first thing he noticed was the smell. Howe grew up in and around Ponca City, the site of the Phillips…
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Oklahoma Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

The Sooner State ranks 45th nationally for solar energy use. Currently, the state generates 84.7 MW of energy from solar panels. There are also 30 solar companies, accounting for developers, manufacturers, and others. While solar…

Oklahoma State Profile and Energy Estimates

Oklahoma is in the heart of the U.S. Mid-Continent oil region, a vast oil- and natural gas-producing area that also encompasses Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico and is flanked by the Mississippi River…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Oklahoma

Between 2017 and 2019, Oklahoma experienced nine severe storms, three severe floods, and one intense drought. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Oklahoma

Overall, Oklahoma will become warmer, seeing both stronger floods and droughts because of climate change. While most of Oklahoma did not warm during the past 50-100 years, soils are drier, annual rainfall has increased with…

Oklahoma Energy Security Act

In May 2010, the Oklahoma Legislature enacted the Oklahoma Energy Security Act (see H.B. 3028), establishing a renewable energy goal for electric utilities operating in the state. The goal calls for 15% of the total installed generation capacity in…

Oklahoma Climatological Survey

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey was established by the University of Oklahoma in 1980 to provide climate services to the people of Oklahoma. In 1982, OCS was established under Oklahoma Sunset Law (HB 1937, c. 63)…

Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)

The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) is a South Central United States focused climate hazards and research program whose mission is to help communities build resilience to weather and climate extremes now and in…

Oklahoma Mesonet

The Oklahoma Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations. The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is responsible for enhancing Oklahoma City's sustainability efforts throughout the organization and the community by providing technical recommendations, sustainability planning and outreach services to City Departments and the public.

EXPLAINER | Wind Energy

Wind energy is expanding in Oklahoma, especially in western parts of the state.


Engineers, renewable enthusiasts at Oklahoma renewable energy conference discuss advantages, challenges associated with newest technologies

By Jack Money   01/24/20  
Regulators are going to have to catch up with developers who are installing cutting-edge battery storage technology in Oklahoma to boost the amount of power available on the region’s grid.
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Oklahoma reacts to changing climate

By Kayla Branch   09/15/19  
Research shows that in Oklahoma, climate change will result in expanded severity in floods, droughts, wildfires, heavy rainfall and days of extreme heat as greenhouse gases produced by human activities increase global temperatures.
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Requiring schools to teach climate change risks backlash in Oklahoma

By Caroline Halter   07/11/19  
Melissa Lau is preparing for the coming school year. She teaches 6th grade science in Piedmont, just northwest of Oklahoma City. Inside her classroom, she’s laid out over thirty cross sections from the trunks of…
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These are the 130 current members of Congress who have doubted or denied climate change

By Ellen Cranley   04/29/19  
Despite the consensus among scientists about the urgent need to curb emissions, there are more than 100 current members of Congress who have expressed skepticism about the role humans have played in climate change and…
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Oklahoma moves into No. 2 spot for wind power capacity in the nation, association says

By Jack Money   01/31/18  
It appeared in mid-2017 that Oklahoma was on its way to being the nation's No. 2 wind power state in the nation. On Tuesday, a market report released by the American Wind Energy Association confirmed…
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The City Preparing for Climate Change Without Ever Saying the Words

By Alan Greenblatt   11/01/17  
Tulsa, Okla., a conservative oil town, serves as an example of how places can overcome politics to prevent damage and save lives.
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Native Americans Sue Frackers Over Manmade Earthquakes

By Ross Kenneth Urken   07/06/17  
Oklahoma has become one of the world’s most notorious earthquake hubs. In fact, in 2014 for the first time, the number of magnitude 3 or greater quakes in the state surpassed California’s total.
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Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools

By Jie Jenny Zou   06/15/17  
Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for a treat. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the students gathered in late November for story time with two special guests, state Rep.…
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Oklahoma State PTC Ends for Wind Projects Not Operating Prior to July 1, 2017

By Anne S. Levin-Nussbaum   04/27/17  
On April 17, 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law House Bill No. 2298, which moves the deadline for a wind project to be operational to qualify for the state’s production tax credit for…
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Fallin Signs Bill to End Tax Credit That Helped Fuel Oklahoma’s Wind-Energy Boom

By Joe Wertz   04/18/17  
Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday signed legislation bringing to an early end the last major tax incentive for the wind industry.
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