CBS offered a totally different set of priorities. Not only did it ignore Cheney altogether, it also chose to lead with a story that its two rivals ignored altogether: the $45bn buyout of a major Texas utility. The deal would be the biggest privatization in history, but Anthony Mason chose the environmental angle as more newsworthy than the financial one. The buyout consortium would "make it go green." As part of the deal, TXU would cancel plans to build eight coal-burning power plants and become the nation's largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity. Mason reminded us that burning coal, not gasoline, is the largest cause of greenhouse gas and that coal generates half the nation's electricity.
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