Another strange story of Red value state citizens voting against their own self-interest. I think this is one of the most fascinating trends going on in America today: Why do people vote for politicians they know will pass laws and create policies that will degrade the quality of their lives?
Why, for instance, would Oklahoma voters repeatedly vote in support of fracking knowing it creates earthquakes which may wreck their homes, experiencing this reality personally and weekly in some areas? Now that Oklahoma has more earthquakes than California it will be interesting to see how long voters continue to tolerate this madness. How far is a Theocratic Rightist voter prepared to go?
A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.
It’s only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.
This morning, the U.S. Geological Survey will issue its first comprehensive assessment of the hazard posed by earthquakes linked to oil and gas drilling. In the preliminary report, the survey details oil and gas-related quakes in eight states.
The earthquake surge is strongest in Oklahoma, where the state government has formally acknowledged the link for the first time earlier this week.
Dea Mandeville, city manager of Medford, Okla., says …