June 18th, 2013, Soleri bridge at Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal in Scottsdale, Arizona, Navajo Nation families and supporters demanding “power without pollution” and “energy without injustice” used solar power generators to pump water and transport it to Navajo Nation residents. (Photo by Black Mesa Water Coalition via Censored News)
Tribal members are staging the demonstration to send a message to the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) coal-fired power plant near Page, Arizona that Navajo families want a transition away from a polluting coal industry on Navajo land that has powered CAP pumps for decades at the expense of residents’ land, health, water, and culture.
Major NGS owners include Salt River Project (SRP)(plant operator) and the U.S. government’s Department of Interior. Today SRP provides Arizonans less than 1 percent solar power.
The “Energy Without Injustice – Power Without Pollution” action demonstrates solar power as a solution. There is enough old mine land on Black Mesa to generate thousands of megawatts of solar energy, providing thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars for the regional economy.
Aging Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is among the most polluting coal-fired power plants in America and after decades of coal industry on Navajo Nation, many Navajo families have not benefitted; thousands still lack electricity and running water to their homes and haul water in trucks every week for cooking, cleaning, and drinking.
Livestream video will be available at http://ustre.am/FAE0Images and video will be available after the event at http://www.facebook.com/blackmesawc and twitter@blackmesawc
[via Censored News]