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.