Dirty Power Plants

Environmental Defense reacts to Texas Comptroller Carol Keeton Strayhorn's statements regarding fast-tracked dirty coal power plants.

The statements below can be attributed to Jim Marston, regional director of the Texas office of Environmental Defense:

"The Comptroller's statement today about dirty coal power plants demonstrates the kind of leadership Texas needs on critical issues like air pollution and global warming.

"Texas is the number one emitter of carbon dioxide. But as other states are getting serious about curbing their contribution to the global warming crisis, Texas appears willing to plow full steam ahead with yesterday's technology and with little regard for the role we play in America's fight against global warming.

"The 11 power plants proposed by TXU and fast-tracked by Governor Perry will double TXU's emissions of carbon dioxide and surpass the total emissions of 21 different states.

"We are especially encouraged by the Comptroller's commitment to renewable energy and proven coal-gasification technology to meet Texas' energy needs. Beyond their capability to reduce carbon dioxide, coal gasification power plants emit fewer pollutants that contribute to local smog problems and can cause serious health dangers like autism and asthma."

Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 400,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. The Texas office was established in Austin in 1990.