Navajo Nation Battleground for the Climate Debate

A proposed coal-fired plant to be built on Navajo territory in New Mexico is dividing the native community.

Desert Rock opponent, Navajo TimesThe Navajo leadership and citizens are torn. The Desert Rock Power Plant will contribute much-needed jobs and infrastructure, but also copious amounts of pollution and greenhouse gases that enhance global warming.


Navajo elders have created a blockade to delay construction of the plant. Withstanding cold, a pending restraining order, and the threat of arrest, protestors are giving a preemptive voice to the environmental concerns of energy generation in the United States.

Hopefully, the outcome of the Navajo’s stand, at the forefront of the localized climate debate, will pioneer how a community can prosper without harming the environment’s well-being.

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