Coal-fired power plants are a major contributor of ozone-forming pollution, and air quality data for 2011 and 2012 has shown that Tulsa and Oklahoma City exceeded federal limits on ozone pollution, threatening Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens, such as children, the elderly and people who work or exercise outdoors.
Oklahoma has significant clean energy potential, which could power the state while protecting public health. Oklahoma’s wind resources rank ninth in the United States, with more than 50,000 megawatts of wind power potential.
Wind power in Oklahoma supports thousands of jobs. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, wind can provide more than 31 times as much electricity as Oklahoma currently uses. States such as Alabama are already purchasing Oklahoma wind power.
Nationwide, Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign has worked with allies and partners to prevent the construction of 168 new coal plants and has helped secure the retirement of 125 coal plants.