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Why This Matters: Native American tribes are infrastructure poor and have struggled with affordable electricity on reservations that are often isolated — far from the grid. They are also keenly aware of the need to take climate action and shed reliance on fossil fuels like coal. As “Cody Two Bears of the Standing Rock reservation told Rolling Stone, ‘Now the world is falling apart..as Native people have to use our ancient wisdom to show this country how to live sustainably. And what better way to do that than with renewable energy?’”
Similarly, Earth Island Journal reported on the Northern Cheyenne’s homeland in Southeastern Montana that sit above the richest seam of low-sulfur coal remaining in the country, which is reportedly worth billions. But the tribe has repeatedly rejected offers from mineral companies to mine the coal. In 2016, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council adopted a series of resolutions swearing off fossil fuels and endorsing green energy and now they are developing solar on the reservation. In partnership with the Covenant Solar program, they are establishing a Native-employee-owned solar cooperative that allows the tribe and its members to reap 100 percent of the benefits of solar.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Would you support or oppose the government moving the country to a 100% clean energy electricity grid by 2035? That’s the question Washington-based think tank Third Way posed across the country. It turns out that a majority of voters support federal action to reach a 100% clean energy grid. […]
Last week, the Battle Born Solar Project in Nevada, which would have been the largest solar farm in the US, was canceled after a coalition of local activists lobbied against it for being an “eyesore.” As Electrek reported, California-based Arevia Power and Solar Partners VII LLC withdrew their application with the Bureau of Land Management […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Carbon pricing has been a part of how the European Union penalizes carbon emissions since 2005. As part of the EU’s Fit for 55 update to the carbon market, emission trading expands to include heating and road transportation. However, instead of folding them into the broader market, these two […]
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