By Laurel Morales | NPR | April 7, 2019
The Navajo and Hopi have fought hard to hold on to coal.
Three generations have worked for the West’s largest coal-fired power plant, the Navajo Generating Station. The tribes have relied heavily on its revenue. So when the Phoenix-based Salt River Project announced it was shutting down the plant at the end of the year, the tribe scrambled to find a buyer or — as a last resort — purchase the plant.
It finally came down to a vote late last month at a Navajo Nation CouncilSpecial Session meeting. The delegates deliberated for eight hours.
“Are we ready?” Delegate Nathaniel Brown said. “Are we ready for the shutdown? I don’t think we are. We stand to lose a lot, our children the future generation.”
Delegate Charlaine Tso said she’s done with coal and its health impacts on her people. The plant is one of the country’s biggest carbon emitters.Read full story at Full story at NPR »