Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Desert Rock, dirty air and dirty tricks

Navajos at Desert Rock Vigil

Navajos struggling to halt the proposed Desert Rock power plant have had two victories. Their efforts helped remove appropriations from the Navajo Nation Council's agenda and the New Mexico Legislature ended its session without granting huge tax breaks.

However, Sithe Global and Navajo President Joe Shirley, Jr., are vowing to build the power plant anyway.

Meanwhile, the Bush administration and colleagues from the Skull and Bones group of corporate international powermongers are pushing for a massive and dirty buildup of coal-fed power plants throughout the US.

Navajos in northwest New Mexico, already surrounded by two dirty power plants, hundreds of oil and gas wells and scattered radioactive rocks and unreclaimed uranium mines from the Cold War, continue their fight.

This is the region of Dinetah, the sacred place of Navajo origin, where the air is so fouled with pollution that persons with respiratory ailments are in danger:


UPDATE: School District tables Desert Rock finance plan http://www.daily-times.com/
Photo: Alice Gilmore, land rights owner for the site where the Navajo Nation plans to build the power plant without her permission/Photo Dooda Desert Rock

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