by Jim Carlton
Wall Street Journal
PAGE, Ariz.—For the past decade, the Navajo reservation here has struggled to navigate the change from coal to green power.
It’s still struggling.
The effort began when environmental activists filed a federal lawsuit that helped result in the closure of a nearby coal plant, which ended up costing many Navajos their jobs.
Activists said they would try to help the tribe develop clean-energy jobs. But now, years later, few jobs have been created. And a second large coal plant in the area is facing a partial shutdown, putting many of the nearly 1,000 jobs at the facility and a related mine in jeopardy…
On the Navajo reservation, no significant wind or solar facilities have been created a decade after a federal lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and other green groups led to the closure of the 1,580-megawatt Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev. That took nearly 200 jobs from a coal mine on Navajo and Hopi lands.