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Sierra Club misses mark with its criticism of Oklahoma utility

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 7, 2013

We agree with OG&E that the economy and consumers are best served when power doesn't all come from the same basket. Balance — a concept that repels the Sierra Club — will keep power plentiful and affordable. Spikes in electrical rates will hurt American manufacturing. Exporting coal to China will help Asian manufacturing. Cutting coal out of the mix will hurt lower-income consumers through sharply higher electricity rates.

Thus, the constituency for which Obama considers himself a champion will be most affected. Perhaps, having won the battle against Big Coal, the Sierra Club's fat cat donors (which have included natural gas producers in the past) will send their cash instead to the poor.

The Sierra Club plans a direct mail campaign to further its fear-mongering. These pieces of mail will be printed using electricity and delivered in vehicles burning fossil fuel. Most of it will end up in landfills. Much of the information will be based on modeling analysis. Much of climate change claims are based on that.

Some modeling analysis was also seen back in 2001 when the Luther power plant was protested. In those halcyon days, the biggest concern was whether a gas-fired power plant could compete with the coal-fired plants because gas was so expensive. The plant got built and was later bought by a public utility as a part of its effort to get more power from a cleaner source of fuel.

The utility was Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.

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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