Count us as being in league with the Sierra Club on at least one tenet: Too many policy issues these days are delayed by legal challenges.
Of course we're not in league with the Club for Ungrowth on a specific legal challenge mounted by Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. to an overreaching Environmental Protection Agency policy.
Little gets done these days without a legal challenge. This can delay policy implementation, but our system allows for the right to seek legal remedies. OG&E is entitled to fight an EPA mandate regarding coal-fired power plants based on pollution claims.
The Sierra Club said the utility should “stop spending money on legal challenges and instead invest in clean air and homegrown energy sources.” This gave us a chuckle, recalling that the group's former love of the homegrown power source called natural gas has waned. Apparently, homegrown means wind — which often “grows” in Texas and moves north.
Also, does the Sierra Club embrace coal for Wyoming, from which comes much of the coal used in Oklahoma power plants?
OG&E and the state offered a sensible plan for pollution mitigation involving a gradual shift from coal to natural gas. The EPA nixed this and demanded multibillion-dollar scrubbers on the coal plants. The Sierra Club seemed to like the mitigation plan until it didn't like it. It seemed to like natural gas until it didn't.