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Oklahoma Latest Front As Military and Wind Developers Fight For Open Sky: Developers recently announced plans to build the country’s largest wind farm in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. The industry is growing and turbine projects are expanding across the state. But wind energy developers are facing a new headwind: military air bases. The C-17 is the pack mule of the United States military. It’s designed to lift and transport troops, tanks and even helicopters. It’s an enormous aircraft that casts an ominous, looming shadow as it taxis to takeoff [StateImpact Oklahoma].
Congress must pass the Dream Act to protect young Oklahomans and our economy: President Trump recently announced his plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by the start of next March. DACA, created by executive order by President Obama in 2012, protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation. Many of these young immigrants, commonly known as “dreamers”, came to this country at such a young age that they don’t remember living anywhere else. In Oklahoma, 6,865 initial DACA applications have been approved as of March 2017, about 75 percent of the eligible population [OK Policy]. U.S. Rep. Steve Russell said Thursday he opposes efforts to end protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program [NewsOK].
Inhofe and Lankford split over Harvey relief and debt ceiling bill: A compromise between President Donald Trump and leading Democrats to provide $15.25 billion in hurricane disaster aid, fund the government for three months and raise the nation’s debt limit divided Oklahoma’s Republican U.S. senators Thursday. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, voted in favor of the legislation and Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, voted against it [NewsOK].
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