Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama's First Energy Victim: Navajos

Add a few thousand more bodies under the bus.

...the EPA has issued an unprecedented order to renege on a permit already granted to open a coal-generator plant in a Navajo reservation in New Mexico that has the tribe and its supporters steaming

Jeff Holmstead, former head of the air program at EPA and now head of the Environmental Strategies Group at Bracewell & Giuliani, the law firm representing the plant’s developer, Sithe Global, said in a statement that he has “never seen anything like it.”

“I don’t think anyone ever imagined that the new team at EPA would seem to have such little regard for due process or basic notions of fairness,” Holmstead said. “Everyone understands that a new Administration has discretion to change rules and policies prospectively. But I’ve never seen any Administration try to change policies and rules retroactively.”

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.” Shirley said that the EPA withdrawal of the permit will harm the Navajo people

Of course, not having electricity may be even more harmful in the long run.

HT: Hot Air


MAS1916 said...

The Navajo just need to trust the Leader to keep their best interests in mind. Don't they know that Obama is smarter then they are?

Just trust him!!!

Victoria said...

I wish the leaders of our nation and the leaders of the many native nations would come together in a council and lay it all on the table. So many treaties have been made in the past between the federal government and the tribes, most of which were discredited and ignored. There ought to be an honest meeting, with the president recognizing the separate but included nations of the different tribes and everyone attempting to explain their problems. Diplomacy could open doors we aren't even aware of yet.