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Greening the grade

by Ray Carter Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: June 12, 2013

We’ve noted before that legislative leaders tend to give their handiwork high marks. The governor and legislative leaders each graded the recent session no lower than an A-minus. Now they’ve gotten high marks from an outside group.

The Sierra Club gave the session a B-plus. We doubt lawmakers welcome this endorsement.

The Sierra Club praised passage of drought mitigation funding and legislation to reduce regulation of farmers’ markets and local honey producers. There’s nothing wrong with those bills, proving that a stuck clock can still be right twice a day. But many Oklahomans may not look at the specific legislation cited and note only the overall grade. That will worry lawmakers.

Given the Sierra Club’s national reputation, the average Oklahoman’s takeaway from the group’s B-plus session grade may be to conclude that Oklahoma lawmakers caved to the demands of environmental extremists, not that they passed good policy.


by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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