Oklahomans at convention disagree on energy stance

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Some members of Oklahoma's delegation at the Democratic national convention disagree with a portion of the party platform regarding energy companies.

The platform calls for Democrats to fight against oil companies and decries the large amounts of money they contribute to political campaigns and spend on lobbying.

But the Tulsa World reports from the convention in Denver that some in Oklahoma's delegation say the energy industry has been good to the state.

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren says it's difficult to be opposed to an industry that is Oklahoma's largest employer. He says the energy industry is bringing people out of poverty in his district.

Boren says he does not support that part of the platform. Neither does Stuart Price of Tulsa, who works in the energy business. Price says the wording in the platform is extreme.

State Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who served on the convention's platform committee, defended the language. He says all special interests should be examined by the party.

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