The Morning Brew: Lamb expresses strong support for Oklahoma oil and gas; Life on Mars?
Other candidates also voice support
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, whose gubernatorial campaign is backed by some of Oklahoma's top oil and gas company leaders, assured those attending an energy forum on Wednesday that he would be a staunch defender of the industry on tax and regulatory matters.
“I've been on record publicly defending this industry all across the state of Oklahoma ... . And I've done it proudly,” Lamb, a Republican, said at an Oklahoma City forum sponsored by the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association.
Republican gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett, Kevin Stitt and Gary Jones offered varying degrees of support for industry positions, though none sounded as determined as Lamb to win the room at the Petroleum Club.
The chairman of Lamb's campaign is Larry Nichols, chairman emeritus of Devon Energy. Harold Hamm, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, is also a supporter.
Life found on Mars, sort of
(CNN)Organic matter has been found on Mars in soil samples taken from 3 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater by the Curiosity rover, NASA announced Thursday. The rover has also detected methane in the Martian atmosphere.
The search for life outside Earth focuses on the building blocks of life as we know it, which includes organic compounds and molecules -- although these can exist without life. Organic matter can be one of several things: a record detailing ancient life, a food source for life or something that exists in the place of life.
No matter its purpose, these work as "chemical clues" for researchers about Mars.