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Environmental Group Launches Anti-Coal Plant Ads
Dallas Business Journal ^ | 02/07/07 | JS Jordan

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: carbondioxide; climatechange; co2; coal; energy; environment; envirowackos; envirowhackos; globalwarming; greenhousegases; greens; powerplants; texas; tx; txu; wackos
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To: Froufrou
Did you see the articles that those adds are funded by the NATURAL GAS COMPANIES?
51 posted on 02/11/2007 12:05:00 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Austin TX. is the home of STUPID people.)
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To: goldstategop
So true, although I doubt they will let you kill any bears.
Liberals are all about pulling people down to the lowest crappy level which they justify by saying their actions are going to make things "fair", (meaningless and unmeasurable). Class envy is their vehicle.

They do this with health care, education, wages...anything they inject government into... they stifle all innovations, ideas, they crush excellence, creativity and distinction. Any one who disagrees: shut him up by regulating (McCain-Feingold, Fairness Doctrine), also be sure to call him a racist, sexist, homophobe, uneducated red-neck so he will lose credibility and will self doubt.

Liberal is just another name for Socialist.
52 posted on 02/11/2007 2:19:21 PM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: socialismisinsidious

On the radio I heard John Bradshaw say that 75% of Dem college grads believe in global warming whereas on 25% of R college grads do. I suppose the dems all study ethnic studies under Ward Churchill and the like. Now get this. When asked about the disparity the guest said Dems are raised to have a social conscience and it bothers them that global warming hurts the poor the most.


53 posted on 02/11/2007 2:34:29 PM PST by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: ClaireSolt
When asked about the disparity the guest said Dems are raised to have a social conscience and it bothers them that global warming hurts the poor the most.

What a line of crap that is. Use the poor to further their self interest and agenda is more like it. Reminds me this quote:

When people think they possess the secret of a perfect social organization which makes evil impossible, they also think that they can use any means, including violence and deceit, in order to bring it into being. John Paul II
54 posted on 02/11/2007 4:47:20 PM PST by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: Froufrou
These ads have plastered the local paper, yet I've heard virtually nothing about these proposed plants. Is there no end to the sleight of hand being played in Texas?

With all due respect, individual ignorance on a topic is not indicative of a gov't conspiracy.

A Google News search of "Texas" "TXU" "coal" and "plants" produces 585 articles in just the past month. These plants and the approval process have been in the news for more than a year. A Google search of those 4 terms produces 170,000 results. Narrow it down by adding the terms "Perry" still produces 40,000 results.

I dunno, maybe some simple research might be wise before slandering with charges of "conspiracy, coverup, corruption?"

I'm not a fan of TXU, and believe that they should be investigated for price fixing, but these plants are needed and are a good thing. They will produce 50% more needed energy (Texas is growing by more than 500,000 a year, a new Austin and San Antonio area every 7 years) while producing 20% LESS total harmful emmissions because the new plants will be cleaner, older plants will be shut down or have cleaner technology installed, and a switch to cleaner Wyoming coal (Powder River Basin) instead of Texas lignite. (Plenty of keywords there to do more research with.) And TXU isn't the only company proposing new coal plants in Texas.

The enviro/media-activists are saying that these coal plants should use the cleaner coal gasification technology, but what they don't mention is that what they propose is so new that there isn't yet an operating plant. In fact Texas has done a good job in competing for fed funds for the demonstration gasification project and is one of the favorites to win the project. Another is being proposed for Corpus Christi, but hasn't been built. You see, what these groups are doing is opposing whatever is being considered and throwing out a nice sounding but not yet obtainable alternative to mute criticism that all they do is oppose. Just like the Dems do with foreign policy to fight the label that they are weak on defense, they criticize Iraq and say that the real problem is Iran. But when we propose dealing with Iran, they say, no you can't do that, N. Korea is the real threat. Or when we propose something on N. Korea it is called the wrong approach, everyone knows that Iran is more of a concern.

Coal is cheap, the US has centuries of reserves, and the current proposed plants would result in more power with cleaner air than we currently have. These plants should be approved ASAP.

55 posted on 02/12/2007 9:33:45 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat (Rudy Giuliani-Joe Dyton in '08; and free the Texas 3.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

" charges of "conspiracy, coverup, corruption?" "

And I'll thank you not to put words in my mouth. I never said anything of the kind. Obviously, I found out about it by googling or the thread wouldn't be here. Sheesh.


56 posted on 02/12/2007 10:11:20 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: RightWhale

I guess you're right. Since when did networks and newspapers actually report news? They want 'the big story.' The market share.


57 posted on 02/12/2007 10:41:18 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou
"Is there no end to the sleight of hand being played in Texas?"

OK, then what exactly was that statement supposed to have implied?

58 posted on 02/12/2007 11:19:15 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat (Rudy Giuliani-Joe Dyton in '08; and free the Texas 3.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

That I'm suspicious of government is hardly the same as being a conspiracy theorist. Politicians are much like car salesmen. If they move their lips, they're lying.


59 posted on 02/12/2007 12:20:11 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

"If they move their lips, they're lying."

Clarification: It is a joke. I have no car salesman agenda. No politician agenda either, for that matter.


60 posted on 02/12/2007 12:34:38 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

And yet your jumps to conclusions were wrong about the coal plants, wrong about what the former Harvard Dean Summers had said, and wrong about the TTC. Maybe trite rules of thumb aren't always right, and each issue should be examined separately by researching the facts. Just a thought.


61 posted on 02/12/2007 12:36:30 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat (Rudy Giuliani-Joe Dyton in '08; and free the Texas Three.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
http://www.president.harvard.edu/speeches/2005/nber.html So my best guess, to provoke you, of what's behind all of this is that the largest phenomenon, by far, is the general clash between people's legitimate family desires and employers' current desire for high power and high intensity, that in the special case of science and engineering, there are issues of intrinsic aptitude, and particularly of the variability of aptitude, and that those considerations are reinforced by what are in fact lesser factors involving socialization and continuing discrimination. I would like nothing better than to be proved wrong, because I would like nothing better than for these problems to be addressable simply by everybody understanding what they are, and working very hard to address them.

He said females are less apt. When I googled coal plants I posted the only piece I found off one of the 'anti's' websites. I even commented that I'd heard nothing about the proposed plants. And San Antonio has already voted against the TTC once, no matter what you think.

But you're very skilled at picking on others; no doubt about that.
62 posted on 02/12/2007 1:04:48 PM PST by Froufrou
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