Coal’s Days in Navajo Country Are Numbered

By Benjamin Storrow | Scientific American | April 8, 2019

The Navajo Nation’s shift away from coal and toward renewables is a test case for a wider U.S. transition

Before the arrival of the U.S. Army in the mid-1800s, four mountains marked the boundary of the Navajo’s ancestral homeland. Today, the tribe could draw a line around its reservation with coal.

Four coal-fired power plants and three coal mines ring the Navajo Nation, a testament to the black rock’s complicated legacy on a sprawling reservation that occupies large swaths of high desert in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

But coal’s days in Navajo country are increasingly numbered.

Two of the four plants are scheduled to close by 2025. The fate of the third rests upon a longshot bid to keep it open beyond 2022. And the fourth faces growing uncertainty, as one of its owners plans to divest from the plant in 2031.

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