Sierra Club needs to provide evidence and answers

Published: May 28, 2012

In response to “Sierra Club calls on OG&E to halt coal use” (Business, May 18): The “Scare Ya Club” is still pushing a Luddite agenda with complete disregard of any objective evidence. Inasmuch as the Environmental Protection Agency is pushing an obvious and vitriolic political agenda, citing any of its facts is akin to using the vast scientific knowledge of Al Gore or Michael Moore. After all, the current administration's stated goal is to bankrupt coal companies.

However, I'm willing to keep an open mind. Perhaps David Ocamb, director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Sierra Club, and Whitney Pearson, organizer for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, can answer some questions I've had for some time:

How many wind turbines operating at 30 percent capacity (U.S. Department of Energy estimate) will be needed to generate the same consistent power that all of the coal-powered plants produce at 90 percent capacity?

How many acres of land will be needed for the turbines?

How many miles of transmission line and how many towers to support the lines?

How many parts will be made in China?

Who pays?

What's the cost comparison of the public utility power to the consumer?

How many years of inhaling coal power plant emissions are necessary to equal one breath from a broken “green” light bulb made in China?

Replacing coal-fired plants with unreliable, subsidized “green” energy will require millions of acres of land and hundreds of millions of tons of steel, copper, concrete, fiberglass and rare earth minerals. Private technology will continue to improve and increase our power generation grid with cleaner and more cost-effective fuels.

Pete Lepo, Edmond