Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Asks Citizens to Pray for the State's Oil Industry

Image via AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki.
Image via AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki.

Tomorrow, as recently announced by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, is “Oilfield Prayer Day,” a very special day where Oklahomans get to use the power of prayer to reinvigorate a fossil fuel industry that’s created a handful of billionaires and a 5,000% increase in earthquakes.


“Oilfield Prayer Day” was originally just for Christians, but it’s since been revised to include people of “all faiths,” the Associated Press reports. What an enormous relief.

“There are many people suffering right now who have lost their jobs in the energy sector ... there are a lot of families who have been hurt, and I think prayer is always a good thing, for anyone,” Fallin said. Fallin, an unabashed Trump supporter, is also known for overseeing several botched executions, one of which stretched for 40 minutes and ended with a heart attack.

Low oil prices have had a severely negative impact on Oklahoma’s economy, which, like several other states, is dependent on the oil and natural gas industry. However, the Washington Post points out that the state has maintained a tax break for oil and gas production worth around $470 million, while the state legislature has dramatically slashed funding from schools, resulting in some 4-day school weeks.

Maybe Oklahomans should be praying, particularly for their government to stop allowing utilities to charge homeowners for installing solar panels.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.


I’ve always wondered what the Republican response to their ultra laissez-faire economics would be, and now I know. Prayer’s not gonna cut it for me, sorry.

This is what you get when you freak out about gas prices instead of working on solutions for not using gas. This is what you get when you push your economy into an over-reliance on one sector. Free markets gotta be free, yo.