Related to Volkonski's posting above is this podcast/article by NPR:http://www.npr.org/2017/03/01/517031278 ... d-power-pl
"The Navajo Nation has relied on the coal industry for the last four decades. The energy companies have provided hundreds of families with some of the best-paying jobs on the reservation. The revenue, taxes and royalties all make up about a third of the tribe's operating budget.
The Salt River Project, the plant operator, says natural gas is much cheaper and makes more economic sense. A plant closure means the coal mine that feeds the plant would also likely shut down. Together, the Navajo Generating Station and the mine that feeds the plant employ about 800 people."
The NPR piece speaks of the loss of jobs for the Navajo Nation, but the Hopi reservation, which is a small reservation entirely inside the Big Rez, will suffer just as much, if not more, than the Navajo Nation. The Hopi tribe is traditionally non confrontational, losing out to the aggressive Navajo Nation time and time again, and the Hopis are under greater strain economically than the Navajos.
"NGS and Kayenta Mine, which provides coal to the power plant, provide significant revenue and many jobs for both tribes. Combined revenues from both operations provide more than 80-percent of the Hopi Tribe’s general fund budget." https://www.nhonews.com/news/2017/feb/0 ... here-stay/
I'm in no way saying that coal shouldn't be eliminated, but the impact on both the Navajo Nation and the Hopi is likely to be devastating. Retraining for different jobs is doubly, triply difficult when the affected populations live so far distant from any likely future jobs, perhaps a hundred miles or more.
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