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near existing wind projects in the center o the wind corridor, its robust manuacturing industry, and its central U.S.location are important actors in urther developing its renewable energy capacity.
Tanks to its unique geography and environment,
Oklahoma has the potential to produce 17 times the state’sannual electricity needs
(9% o the entire country’s electricity needs) via wind energy
Oklahoma must consider action on climate change not just in terms o cost, but in terms o opportunities. I we giveOklahoma’s population, businesses, and investors clear and consistent signals by properly oering initiatives and cultivatingdemand, investment and innovation in renewable technologies will ollow.
Oklahomans will have to pay or the eects o climate change.
Te only remaining question is whether Oklahoma willpay now, or pay later and run the risk o paying signifcantly more.(Endnotes)
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