OKC Mayor stays quiet during OG&E ice storm debacle…

Now that I have power and the Internet, and I’m no longer spending my days commuting between multiple houses playing the roles of girl dad, dog dad, and Uncle Couch Surfer during a pandemic, Halloween and Presidential election, I guess I have the time and mental energy to breath and work on this website again.

Actually, I don’t so let’s just regurgitate this tweet from earlier today:

Seriously, what gives? David Holt loves social media and the spotlight, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to put on his finest suit and sneakers and grandstand with angry Oklahomans during a crisis. Just think of all the different camera angles he could use for his down powerline selfies!

When the ice storm first hit, David Holt did actually talk about the storm, but only used propaganda from the OG&E playbook. It’s similar to the one the OKC media uses – give an update on the number of people without power, and then promptly praise the almighty advertiser, OG&E:

Before we continue, I’d also like to follow the OG&E playbook and thank the company’s employees and contractors who have to get out and do this work. It’s dangerous and physical and I could never do it, which is why I sit behind a computer and criticize their employers instead. It’s not their fault the work for a shady company that values profits above all else.

With that being said, there are still over 60,000 Oklahomans, many of them in the OKC city limits, still without power and totally in the dark on when it will come back, and our lovable mayor just doesn’t seem to care. It’s almost like OG&E is one of the most powerful corporations in Oklahoma history, with deep connections to the Chamber of Commerce ruling class that Holt’s also part of, and even asking how and why his city’s residents can lose power for two weeks due to an ice storm breaks some sort of GOP corporate code.

Anyway, I would ramble more about this, but as I mentioned, I don’t have the time. I have to prep for a podcast with former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth so we can talk more about the issue with him!

Stay with The Lost Ogle. We’ll keep you advised.

p.s. – I would recommend you read this blog post titled “OG&E and the Corporation Commission Aren’t Doing Their Jobs” that I stumbled across. I agree with a lot of the writer’s points. 

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23 Responses

  1. Darling, the power outage has left him stuck in his hyperbaric sleep chamber! Give him some pity.

  2. Could we bury some lines in the future? Expect a rate increase asap.

    1. They DO bury lines on new development but going back and burying now is extremely expensive.

      1. Rebuilding the grid after an ice storm is extremely expensive too.

        Is it better to spend money up front to prevent a problem, or better to spend money to clean up after the problem occurs, and while your customers have no power?

        1. My brother, you do not understand the Prime Directive when it comes to Oklahoma infrastructure:


        2. You have no clue what you’re talking about. The costs to clear debris and repair/replace a mile of above-ground line is a miniscule amount of the cost to install a mile of below-ground line. About $2 K versus $ 1M.

          If you’re running the company, are you going to propose an idea that costs the same as cleaning up the mess after 500 ice storms? 500. And that’s assuming the ice storms happen in the same mile. That particular 1-mile stretch would have to be damaged 500 times before the costs were equivalent to installing a mile of below-ground line.

          Your company would go broke. Quickly.

          1. Your logic and common sense will find no purchase here.
            It doesn’t follow protocol.

            Thanks for the thoughtful response anyway.

            1. I follow so little of social media. Do you find, Option a, that there are other sights where logic and common sense are the rule in the comments section? Insults, team sport thinking, assertions without evidence – it all seems pretty common.
              You spend a lot of time here. Something about its protocol must attract you, although granted not as much as Graychin.
              At least when you are not diving into the muck, you occasionally try to reach out and say something thoughtful, unlike the Clown posse Auntie, with its hateful little lies.

            2. Which “lies”? Pics or it didn’t happen.

          2. I’d have to question 2k to replace an entire mile of above ground electrical line? It’d cost 1k to run an electric fence for a mile.
            How about 3K/ pole?

          3. There are more factors than just the two you listed. With the destruction of plan comes extra labor to replace the lines, which is overtime, food, lodging, etc. Then comes the loss of revenue for people from those without power.

            I would like to see actual data on how much it is to run new underground electrical plant though.

        3. A bit of maintenance (trimming the trees above the power lines) would go a long way. But since OGE has outsourced their repair/maintenance people that would involve paying someone to do that. I guess the bean counters didn’t realize some employees perform multiple tasks.

          Efficiency and cost savings are good when all factors are considered, and done by people who understand the process. Classic example is bull in a china shop Kevin Stitt, “businessman” who believes he knows everything and can save money through all of “the waste.” Cutting costs is a scapel, as opposed to a chain saw, and by people who know the system, as opposed to people the governor considers “experts” in business.

          Over a week without power in a metro area is unacceptable for a state the governor calls “top ten.” Low bid has its cost, and with electricity there is added costs in lives, safety, and added cost to the consumer when all their refrigerated food goes bad. Lots of lost money to everyone but to OGE who saved some money by not maintaining their system. Government failed also by not making sure the regulated monopoly does what it is supposed to be doing.

          Not surprised Mayor McSelfie is keeping quiet and waiting for it to blow over, which of course it will.

          1. Those with OEC made out pretty good with minimal outages and near- immediate restoration.
            My lights barely flickered.

            OEC has higher rates but what good are low rates when there is no electricity whatsoever?

            You can believe The company supplying my power went into the decision of where I built my house. Oh, I also budgeted for a generator – just in case.
            I always found it funny that people will put more thought into the color of their drapes than their home’s utilities.

            1. My OEC line is underground. Barely flickered. Same for the 07 storm too.

  3. It was good NOT to hear him for a change.

  4. He is a brown nosed chump thats why.

  5. Hizzoner has been occupied working with Stitt on an updated plan to battle Covid.

    1. Hahahahahahahahahaha………

    2. I’m just a lowly member of the Oklahoma masses but could I suggest a mask mandate till this shit storm blows over? It might just help. Or to quote donald: “what do you have to lose?”

  6. worst mayor ever ! he is beholding to many many different corps that ALL gave him money ! its open record! do you really think he is going to lean on og e to spend money to upgrade so this does not happen again! this guys a joke HOPEFULLY okc voters will remember our mayors lack of holding the utility accountable per the franchise agreement with the city!

  7. He’s too busy celebrating the passage of Prop #5 in the city charter where neither he, nor the city councilmembers, have to deal with the pending litigation of facing a misdemeanor for snitching on the city manager’s duly hired employees.

    Personally, I don’t see why an elected official should ever have any reason to infringe on the rights of a city employee. That being said, what a city employee does should be none of the city council’s damn business anyways. Elected officials and hired employees are like apples and oranges. Yet, Prop 5 passed easily. The rest of the amendments were gravy, but they slipped this one poison pill right in the middle of the ballot. Really wished people paid more attention to this ballot.

  8. OG&E spent a couple weeks recently in our small northwest Oklahoma town trimming trees from the power lines. This had not been done for years and had left trees completely intermingled with their lines as well as the cable system’s lines. This trimming was done because the old cable system is being repurposed as a fiber-to-the-home internet service system.

    The upshot of all this is that our town did not lose power once during the ice storm, only a blink or two as the main lines were affected. So keeping the trees trimmed would probably have helped a bit in OKC, but the main fact remains that this was a historically bad ice storm that completely destroyed the electrical grid in a large part of Oklahoma City and it takes a lot of time to rebuild that.

    Lines could be place underground, but then you have to deal with water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, fiber optic lines, telephone lines, you name it, which when cut, cause outages and interference with daily life that can affect large numbers of people. Other cities have put their electric lines underground, Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City being one that I know about. They now have no worries about ice storms.

  9. Thirteen days with no power and still no phone. Now that Don the Con is gigless maybe he’ll come down an toss some paper towels. Bidden my time for that to happen.

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