Skip to comments.Environmental Group Launches Anti-Coal Plant Ads
Posted on 02/11/2007 7:53:42 AM PST by Froufrou
A TV advertisement opposing TXU Corp.'s plan to build 11 new coal plants in Texas begins airing Wednesday in the Waco market, and will air next week in Dallas.
The ad campaign, titled "Profits and Pollution," are being paid for by Environmental Defense, a nonprofit environmental group that is suing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality over the permit applications process.
The ads are asking viewers to contact their state legislators and ask them to slow down TXU's fast-tracked coal plan. The fast-tracking plan could cut down the regulatory approval process for a new plant to six months. It previously could take 18 months or more to approve a permit.
"TXU's TV ads are full of fear and fiction," said Environmental Defense regional director Jim Marston, in a statement Wednesday. "Our ad sticks to the facts, and the fact of the matter is that TXU's dirty coal plants will make a ring of fire around McLennan County and spew new pollution up to Dallas and down to Austin."
Colin Rowan, a spokesman for Environmental Defense's Austin office, said the ads would run on several stations in Dallas, and the general buy in Dallas would be a little smaller because of the expense.
Rowan said the ads wouldn't exhaust the $400,000 Environmental Defense has budgeted for its various advertising efforts throughout the year.
"TXU's got a bottomless pit of PR money and they've been spending millions of dollars, even before this things became publicly contested," Rowan said. "Now they're just dumping a lot more money into ads that are specific to these power plants and it was time for us to just do what we can to compete. We can't compete with them dollar-for-dollar. But it's certainly a lot cheaper to sell the truth."
TXU spokesman Tom Kleckner called the ads a "misinformation campaign."
"The fact is, Texas has a pressing problem," Kleckner said. "We need reliable, affordable and cleaner power, and we will need it very soon. TXU has a balanced plan that provides needed power, $1.7 billion in lower wholesale prices and state-of-the-art power plants (that are ) 80 percent cleaner than the average U.S. coal plant."
Kleckner added that every delay in the permitting process keeps the older plants online, harming prices and air quality and bringing Texans closer to a power shortfall.
"Rather than offering solutions to address Texas' looming shortfall of reliable electricity supply, ED offers slick tv ads advocating continued delay and denial," Kleckner added. "By lobbying policymakers to postpone action, ED threatens Texas with higher prices, job loss and dirtier air."
Dallas-based TXU (NYSE: TXU) launched its own statewide advertising campaign in January, Kleckner said. The adds are running in Dallas, Houston, Austin and Waco. In some markets, the ads are running on both TV and in newspapers.
Kleckner did not disclose the cost of the ad campaign, but said it would continue for the next few months.
Is there no end to the sleight of hand being played in Texas?
Great .... Play them in China, that's where all the action is... Oh, I forgot , you'll get shot. Never mind.
I agree, no more coal plants, build nuclear. I you really want to reduce CO2, nuclear is the only way. If you have an agenda, then my guess is they will protest everything, just because.
Are they going after Bejing also?
China is responsible for the huge growth in greenhouse gasses, mostly from coal fired plants.
Big government tiptoes past taxpayers again ping!
Note: Think I'll make this an 'official' ping list. It appears it could become high volume. Just p.m. me if you want off, thanks.
Oh, but didn't you know that China is doing that only because we started all this economic growth? It's really our fault - oh the idiocy on the left.
More words of wisdon from the pro oil import environmentalist movement. /sarcasm
But Al Gore gave China a pass on pollution doncha know?
They are still a "developing" nation.
Only the big bad capitalist polluters in America are responsibie for paying for global warming and pollution.
Clinton and portions of the McCain-Feingold, I'm told, are proposing to limit internet and journalistic discourse.
They want to stop us from finding out about these things. As usual, a few bigwigs will be getting very, very fat unless we do something about it now.
Remember, conservative/Christians, the socialists didn't perish after 9/11--they just had to shut up for a few years to regroup!
Was that after he invented the internet and before he discovered global warming?
Simple, build 15 new nuclear plants instead.
We've got plenty of coal here in the US so let's not use that. Instead let's continue to buy oil from people in the middle east who hate and would love to kill us all !!!
Guess what...they'll do that too.
---I guess that means we can blame Nixon---
What is wrong with 9 new coal fired power plants in Texas?
I heard about this proposal a couple years ago and I live in Missouri. Nobody is hiding anything here.
As with any domestic energy program. Environmental wackos will attempt to stop development and increase our dependence on foreign oil.
I wonder if owning a "cave" timeshare would be appealing to environmentalist wackos. If so I know there are a lot of caves available. Cash only.
Will the ping list be called the BOTI ping list (bend over, take it)?
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