July 28, 2007
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE VS. ENVIRONMENTALISTS:
The Navajo president, Joe Shirley Jr., said his tribe felt similar pressure. Mr. Shirley said the plant here would mean hundreds of jobs, higher incomes and better lives for some of the 200,000 people on the reservation. The tribe derives little direct financial benefit from the operation of the existing coal-fired plants and it has not yet invested heavily in casinos.
â€œWhy pick on the little Navajo nation, when itâ€™s trying to help itself?â€ he asked. . . .
The staff of Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democratic presidential aspirant, recently issued a statement saying that the plant â€œwould be a significant new source of greenhouse gases and other pollution in the regionâ€ and that Mr. Richardson â€œbelieves, as planned, it would be a step in the wrong direction,â€ undoing his proposed reductions in emissions.
Read the whole thing. Sierra Club members vote for Presidents. Navajos on the reservation do not.