Texas Clean Sky Coalition- Environmentalists against Coal? No, Gas Companies Trying to Cut out Competition


 

Texas Clean Sky Coalition- Environmentalists against Coal? No, Gas Companies Trying to Cut out Competition
 


9 February 2007 at 11:17:25 AM
salon

I believe that the origin of these types of ads ought to be known. In the long run, if it's gas companies fighting against coal, I suppose that's good, but I'd like to know if it's people who TRULY are concerned about the environment, which gas companies, emphatically, are NOT.

Masquerading as activists battling coal plants, Big Gas is squaring off against Big Coal in a polished campaign run by a Hollywood ad agency.

Natural gas companies, calling themselves the Texas Clean Sky Coalition, have been fighting coal plant proposals with full-page advertisements in the state's major daily newspapers. ..

The new ad campaign features stony-eyed men and women with smudged faces juxtaposed with facts about coal plant emissions. A Web site, www.cleanskycoalition .com, includes these rhetorical questions: "Would you bathe your child in coal? Sprinkle arsenic, mercury and lead on your husband's cereal? Treat your friends to a big dose of radiation?"

It's a MONEY issue with the gas companies, NOT the environment.

The coal plant proposals jeopardize some natural gas plans, said Greg Platt, an executive at Cobisa, a small Houston company that develops natural gas plants.

"From our perspective, it's difficult to justify a gas plant if all of these coal plants get built," Platt said. "It's difficult for (financiers) to take the leap to open spigots on the money if they see these coal plants hanging out there."


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