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Keep toxins in the ground

Published: March 5, 2014

Burning coal to produce electricity is unnecessary and dangerous. I live 30 miles downwind of OG&E’s coal-fired power plant near Red Rock. The Sierra Club reports the plant has been emitting hundreds of pounds of poisonous mercury, tons of haze-making chemicals and thousands of tons of climate-changing carbon dioxide into the air for the past 35 years. We now have a layer of haze that lies on the horizon in every direction.

PSO recently reported new long-term wind contracts will save its customers $53 million in the first year. Meanwhile, OG&E continues to send millions of Oklahoma dollars to the Wyoming coal barons every year. The federal Production Tax Credit helped make the wind savings possible, but it was allowed to expire.

Nature placed those toxins in the ground. People no longer have to fling them into the air. Congress should care about life and health. It should restore the wind PTC. Oklahoma should be promoting its own economy and environment.

Joe Bush, Shidler


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