Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles


Last updated 4/7/2020 at 1:05pm

Sarah Donahue/Cronkite News

Representatives of the Navajo Nation attend the Los Angeles City Council meeting to support a motion that would bring renewable Navajo energy to the country's second-largest city.

LOS ANGELES-In a city renowned for its green policies, Prius drivers and biodegradable straws, it was only a matter of time before officials would vote to move away from coal-powered electricity.

To transition to clean energy, the city sold its shares of a coal-powered generating station on the Navajo Nation in 2016, ending a decades-long relationship.

What seemed like a bright new sustainable future for Los Angeles presented a harsh reality for the tribe, whose members relied on jobs at the Navajo Generating Station, which shut down completely in November. The generating station near Page...

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