Last week, New York-based Environmental Defense launched in Dallas and Waco television ads aimed at combatting TXU's proposal to build at least 11 new coal-fired power plants in the state, which you surely know all about at this point. ED has also launched a "Stop TXU" Web site, which contains what the enviro nonprofit calls "The Truth About TXU," which TXU, of course, claims is a work of fiction. (Among ED's truths about TXU: "TXU's 11 proposed dirty coal power plants would spew an additional 78 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.")
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So, how much does TXU hate those TV ads? So much so that yesterday, its vice president of corporate affairs, Brian Tulloh, sent James Marston, of ED's Austin office, a letter in which he demands that Enviromental Defense pull its "false and misleading claims." In an effort to be both fair and balanced, after the jump we're providing first an Enviromental Defense TXU-bashing ad, followed by a link to the entirety of the TXU missive, which concludes with Tulloh's writing, "Because of these false and misleading claims, TXU requests that you pull the advertisement from your website and any other media. Going forward, we ask that you engage with fact-based perspectives rather than promoting misleading information. These are very complex issues, and misinformation only does the public a disservice." Unlike, say, coal-fired plants themselves. --Robert Wilonsky
First, here's the Stop TXU video from Environmental Defense:
And, here's the entirety of the TXU cease-and-desist-please missive sent to Enviromental Defense.