Environmental Defense: Stop Texas Utility from Reversing Global Warming Progress

August 17th, 2006 7:08 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 2/26/07, via Environmental Defense:

News just broke that Texas Pacific Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. are seeking to acquire Texas-based energy giant TXU Corp.

As part of the sale agreement, Environmental Defense helped negotiate an aggressive environmental platform that will, among other things:

— Terminate plans for the construction of 8 of 11 coal-fired power plants TXU had hoped to build;

— Stop TXU’s plans to expand coal operations in other states;

— Endorse the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) platform, including the call for a mandatory federal cap on carbon emissions; and

— Reduce the company’s carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Here’s a story in The New York Times describing how Environmental Defense helped negotiate this deal: http://action.environmentaldefense.org/ct/fpSIM371JX7B/.

This is a huge victory for the environmental community. It sends a clear message about the undeniable momentum in our campaign calling for federal global warming legislation.

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Via Environmental Defense:

Stop Texas Utility from Reversing Global Warming Progress

Trouble’s brewing in Texas and we need your help.

A mammoth, Texas-based energy company called TXU has announced plans to build 11 new highly polluting coal-fired power plants. Together, these plants would emit more global warming pollution than 10 million Cadillac Escalades.

TXU hopes to evade future national carbon cap laws. The plan is so cynical that it’s been condemned by executives from other energy companies.

If we don’t stop these plants now, their pollution will nullify all other progress made across America to reduce global warming pollution.

Help stop these plants: Send an email to TXU’s CEO John Wilder.

Learn more about TXU’s harmful plan and global warming.

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