As Texas electricity prices have climbed alongside natural gas prices, how to achieve affordable yet reliable energy has become a highly debated topic. The market has responded to higher prices with plans for new coal-fired and nuclear generation facilities. As many as 19 new coal-fired plants have been under consideration. Perhaps the harshest critics of new coal-fired generation in Texas comes from those concerned about global warming. The number of bills filed in the Texas Legislature testifies to the heightened interest and debate.