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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.
Later this evening President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will convene for the final presidential debate before the general election on November 3rd. While the first debate had an unexpected question on climate change from moderator Chris Wallace, tonight’s moderator NBC News’ Kristen Welker pre-selected climate change as a debate topic outright. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer At a rally in Prescott, AZ, on Monday, President Donald Trump described a theoretical fundraising call he had with the CEO of ExxonMobil, in which he accepted a bribe from the oil giant. Trump said: “I call the head of Exxon. I don’t know, you know, ‘How are you […]
During his 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised to reopen coal mines and expressed to coal communities that he was their last shot at reviving the ailing industry. After the media drastically twisted Hillary Clinton’s comments about a just transition for coal miners, Trump was able to paint himself as a savior for struggling rural […]
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