Navajos Celebrate End of Obama’s Job-Killing Energy Policies – IOTW Report

Navajos Celebrate End of Obama’s Job-Killing Energy Policies

Breitbart: Former President Barack Obama’s efforts to shut down the coal industry in the United States have threatened the well-being of generations of coal plant and mine workers, including those of the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine on Navajo land in Arizona has directly and indirectly provided 3,100 jobs and $180 million in annual income to workers and their families.

The lease agreements, royalties, and other payments are tied to the plant and mine account for approximately 20 percent of Navajo Nation annual general fund revenue, with the money used to fund schools, emergency services, infrastructure, and public parks.

And now, because regulations have driven up the cost of coal, the plant owners who lease the land have announced it will close in 2019, adding even more strain to a community that suffers from a 42 percent unemployment rate and 43 percent of its people living below the federal poverty line.

Now, the Navajo Nation hopes that President Donald Trump and the Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will help resolve this crisis by working to keep the plant open for 10 years so that alternative income streams can be developed ahead of its closure.  more here


3 Comments on Navajos Celebrate End of Obama’s Job-Killing Energy Policies

  1. We must have source diversity when it comes to power generation. Coal, nuke, oil, gas, biomass, hydro, solar, wind, they all have their place and their purpose. The easiest way to MADA (Make America Dark Again) is to eliminate all coal fired generating units. That big rolling iron provides the inertia that holds the grid together.

  2. I work on the Navajo Reservation all the time.
    This will be good for them.
    It shows the difference between the tribes.
    The Sioux invite protestors on their (sacred) land to stop energy programs that have helped their people.
    The Navajo want to get back to work

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