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Kerry to Propose Bill to Halt Texas Coal Power Plant Construction

by Pamela Leavey

AP News reports today that January weather was the hottest by far. We need to take these Global Warming signals seriously and break the cycle of utilizing power plants that emit too much green house gas.

Speaking at the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment summit hosted by the Senate, John Kerry said on Thursday that he would soon “introduce legislation that would prevent 16 planned coal-fired power plants from being built in Texas if they don’t include technology that would capture carbon dioxide.”

Kerry said the planned “coal-fired power plants would be contributing too much of the greenhouse gas emissions thought to cause global warming if the plants were allowed to be built without capturing carbon dioxide.”

Kerry’s office did not elaborate on the details of the bill, as he is still drafting the legislation.

TXU Corp. (TXU) plans to build 11 of the 16 power plants planned for Texas.

Environmental groups have criticized TXU’s planned coal plants, saying the plants will emit millions of tons of carbon dioxide each year.

Some investors have also expressed concern over the growing possibility that new federal rules limiting carbon dioxide emissions will burden TXU’s plants with new and potentially exorbitant costs.

The issue with the proposed coal plants is that they “will use conventional coal-burning processes that can’t be adapted to reduce carbon dioxide gases.”

TXU claims that they have “set a goal of reducing the carbon dioxide output of these plants by 2020 to levels equal to an efficient natural gas-fired power plant.” But, that “will require the development of new technologies that aren’t now on the market to reduce the output of a conventional coal-burning plant.”

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