Rally to Stop New Coal Plants

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About a thousand people rallied at the Texas state Capitol Sunday. They were protesting plans for 18 new coal-fired power plants.

Energy giant TXU wants to build eleven of the plants and its plan is on the fast track under Governor Rick Perry's 2005 order to expand electricity production and lower its costs.

Environmentalists fear the plants will pump (m) millions of tons of pollutants into the air. One lawmaker is seeking a 180-day moratorium on new plant permits so officials can study the environmental and health impacts.

At Sunday's protest, many people carried signs warning about global warming and called for the state to use wind and solar power and conservation programs.

TXU insists its plants will be cleaner than environmentalists fear. A spokesman says "these are not your grandfather's coal plants."