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The Navajo Generating Station and its sister coal mine are major sources of jobs and revenue for Native American communities in Arizona. Their closure has tribe members wondering how they can afford to stay on their ancestral lands. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News is a leading source of global news and information. Here you will find clips from NBC Nightly News, Meet The Press, and original digital videos. Subscribe to our channel for news stories, technology, politics, health, entertainment, science, business, and exclusive NBC investigations. Connect with NBC News Online! Visit NBCNews.Com: http://nbcnews.to/ReadNBC Find NBC News on Facebook: http://nbcnews.to/LikeNBC Follow NBC News on Twitter: http://nbcnews.to/FollowNBC Follow NBC News on Google+: http://nbcnews.to/PlusNBC Follow NBC News on Instagram: http://nbcnews.to/InstaNBC Follow NBC News on Pinterest: http://nbcnews.to/PinNBC Coal-Fueled Plant Closes; A Crisis For Native American Workers | NBC News
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bo duke (14 days ago)
time to change coal is dead finally
Ryan VanGelder (2 months ago)
Well tbh if they're earning $100k then they should be able to save a lot. You save money (no matter what job you do) so that you are ready for any unexpected job losses. It's common sense really. 🙄.
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
Ryan VanGelder off kid
Allan Love Jr (2 months ago)
Every single Coal plant that closes will result in nation wide "Black Outs".
George Abraham (5 months ago)
If it's small enough it can be replaced with a solar plant.
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
George Abraham not enough jobs
RedPilled View (7 months ago)
Stone & Webster Engineering firm designed those scrubbers and cleaned things up a lot. It was phenomenal technology back in the 90's to make coal much cleaner. Way cleaner than prior to the 90's. We have technology NOW, that could enable every single household in America 100% energy efficient and self generating off grid. Will they do it, he'll no!
Drackkor (9 months ago)
Nothing is cheaper than coal it's 4 cents a kilowatt hour compared to 26 cents an hour for wind and 20 cents for solar. Obama threw so many regulations on coal that killed coal. Global foot print on environment world wide is .02 percent. China and so many other smart country's use these exclusively without next to no environmental regulations.
Libra Mami (9 months ago)
Drackkor If there was financial redistribution and "the masses" paid attention, change could be cultivated. The elite have 40% of the nation's wealth. It's a ripple effect. Coal ash=cancer
mario lester (9 months ago)
It hasn't closed yet, it needs to close asap..it's sure not a crises for us Navajo people, we don't benefit from it, all the power is strung out to California Nevada and phoenix
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
mario lester we benefit from it with Navajos actually having stable jobs
Eddy LaBarr (9 months ago)
This plant just needs scrubbers installed on the emissions and continue its established infrastructure. Keep coal moving!
Libra Mami (9 months ago)
Solar energy can replace this, as well as wind mills.
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
mario lester Navajos make a lot of profit off of Ngs
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
Libra Mami solar doesn’t provide nearly as much power or jobs
mario lester (9 months ago)
Put it in your backyard not mine
Libra Mami (9 months ago)
mario lester this is God's land, and it is being polluted END of story.
mario lester (9 months ago)
Libra Mami we don't need to be building anything else on our land to profit others "non natives"
Libra Mami (9 months ago)
The coal ash plants are polluting our water. There is no clean coal. 5 people on my cal de sac have been diagnosed with cancer because of these coal ash lagoons seaping into ground water.
Sid Abma (1 year ago)
Martin D (1 year ago)
The Navajo live in a big place but I know they would listen to other Navajo talk about uranium. I wish the AZ governor, a utilities governor, would bite the hands that feed him and take a personal interest in how the generators there needn't be wasted. Can't he make some buzz on his own? This seems a rediculous situation.
Nikolai Beier (1 year ago)
Those who wait for coal jobs to return, will (mostly) wait in wain, in America as well as Europe. the price per electric energy (in kWh) will fall faster for wind and solar and such technologies than coal will. Eventually coal becomes too expensive an increasing amount of places for an increasing amount of hours each year.
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Marti Reed (1 year ago)
The comments here are pretty racist and stupid, but that's par for the course on YouTube. I fought these mines for a decade and I will be glad to see them die out. Problem is not that they're closing, but that they're closing abruptly with no transition plans for the system and the ecology and, most of all, the People. This is incredibly irresponsible on the part of Peabody, the Administration, and the State of Arizona. But what's new, right?
Marti Reed (1 year ago)
PS Thanks to NBC News for posting this. I didn't know this was happening.
alan fairbrother (1 year ago)
Seems like you'd prefer to pollute than be clean. Those who favour carbon fuels will always rubbish clean alternatives.
whykhr (1 year ago)
People are so gullible. Do you seriously believe there is enough NG to replace Coal? What planet do you live on? The Shale Gas bubble will burst within 20 yrs max. just as the conventional gas bubble burst in the early 70's, forcing school closures, seniors freezing to death in their homes, mass industrial curtailment, job losses, industry exit to overseas. And then there was a massive expansion of nuclear & coal power. The current Frackerama will not last, read the industry insiders Bill Powers, David Hughes and Art Berman: "Cold, Hungry and In The Dark". There is only one alternative to Coal and that is Nuclear Power, people actually believe their pixie power gentle breezes and warm sunshine can power an industrial nation. The U.S. with almost unbelievable subsidies pushed solar to 1.4% of US electricity last year, less than 0.2% of the U.S. primary energy supply. Yup that will work. Were saved. The ONLY reason for this massively subsidized Wind & Solar Bait-And-Switch Scam is foisted upon us on such a large scale is because Big Oil wants it done, Big Oil owns our politicians, owns our institutions, media and anti-nuclear lobby firms like Greenpeace ($400M/yr). They know very well Wind & Solar = burn more Gas & Oil.
Mike Btrfld (1 year ago)
Dopey Donald has a plan for Indians
Weedy Gonzalez (1 year ago)
Native Americans want to keep the land and not pollute it and they throw a huge fit over a pipeline. But are not crying because a huge mine and plant are closing
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
mario lester you’re an off kid
mario lester (9 months ago)
Fuc that plant and that mine
stopscammingman (1 year ago)
People who are Native Americans in North Dakota didn't want a pipeline that passes through their drinking water, built by a company that had 200 leaks in 4 years and this very pipeline they protested against the construction of has indeed leaked into their drinking water, putting themselves and their kids at far higher risk of contracting cancer. Totally different people in Arizona, who are Native Americans are sad because their community's main sources of revenue by miles and miles in a place that is already extremely poor will be closing and whatever concerns they have about the environment probably come secondary to them in this scenario, much like they would to your typical white American coal miner. Where is the dire hypocrisy in this son?
MDC (1 year ago)
Native americans aren't all the same, and don't all feel the same way, just like white or black or latino people.
alan fairbrother (1 year ago)
Coal is not clean, trump only said that because of Obama. Nothing to do with with new jobs etc. Coal is on the way out new greener technology is the way to go. Maybe the Navajo and others could use the land old mines to built solar energy and sell that to your national grid.
Kimball Begay (1 month ago)
mario lester we also need jobs off kid
blastman8888 (9 months ago)
When you say "We" must not be a majority because the reservation leadership renewed the contracts with these power plants like 4 Corners operated by APS. This is what I don't understand because the Navjo Nation keeps voting to keep the power plants, and mines operating. Are you saying elections for the leadership does not represent the majority of members?
mario lester (9 months ago)
We don't need to use our land to power the rest of USA, they can put power plants and solar plants or natural gas plants in their backyard..we don't get power all we need is to sustain ourselves..stop exploiting our land and health for the benefit of others
blastman8888 (10 months ago)
Your so dumb solar is a scam that never could be installed an actually return on investment unless a tax payer pays for it the solar industry loves people like yourself who have no idea how solar works. Solar profits are simply tax credits, and they would never even work without high net metering payments forced to be paid by the electric utilities.
whykhr (1 year ago)
Solar is a scam and a joke, incapable of replacing Coal, in fact just greenwashing for Natural Gas. The obvious thing would be to replace their Coal Boilers with factory built molten salt reactors which can run the coal steam turbines. But the NRC/DOE is blockading molten salt tech, in spite of having been invented in the US. They know very well molten salt reactors can easily replace all fossil fuel.
docbar (1 year ago)
The freebies are coming to a end pocahontas. The Democrats have sucked the Whitemans well dry and now there is nothing to give.
tdsm19 (1 year ago)
docbar Calling people names makes you look worse.
alan fairbrother (1 year ago)
docbar maybe they could get back all their good farming land back which was taken from them, European immigrants.
docbar (1 year ago)
You can thank the Democrats for the closing of the plant pocahontas.
Allan Love Jr (2 months ago)
And they all will regret it once the Power goes out during HUGE nation wide Black outs.

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