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Green lobby discolors air issue

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 20, 2011
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At an April hearing on the regional haze issue involving coal-fired power plants, a Sierra Club representative said, “Now is the time to put health before profits.”

This is the kind of clueless anti-business, anti-consumer remark we expect from environmental zealots, who continue to frame this issue through the lens of false choices. In their view, it's good health vs. bad health, clean air vs. dirty air and government good vs. corporate greed.

But that isn't what this is about. It's about visibility — the ability of animals to see each other at federal wildlife refuges. Haze linked in part to coal-fired power plants might (but doesn't always) reduce visibility. For this, the Sierra Club and its Environmental Protection Agency sycophants want to make utility ratepayers shell out billions of dollars to install coal scrubbers.

For those in the dark, profits are the reason for-profit companies exist. It's why they invest earnings in improving capacity to meet changing needs, such as a growing demand for power. Coal may be dirty. Profits aren't.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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