By Meteor Blades
Indian Country’s David Melmer reports that renewable energy may finally start making some inroads on reservations.
Tribes - especially those in the northern Great Plains - want to develop clean, economically sustainable energy sources; and they have great wind resources available throughout most of their tribal lands.
The many cities that have pledged to reduce their dependence on carbon-producing power share a common ground with the tribes. Tribes could lead the way by showing their commitment to clean air and water, and creating the potential to expand the distribution of power.
A plan is on the table to build wind turbines on nearly all of the Plains reservations to provide the power they and nearby communities need.
The marriage of a clean environment and economic development may not be easily created, yet the obvious barriers seem to be few.
That could be good news among people who have a long history of coal, oil, gas and uranium development on their lands. But, having seen how private companies in cahoots with the putrescent Bureau of Indian Affairs have ripped off the tribes in the post-genocide years, I’d urge my reservation brothers and sisters to stay in close contact with their wallets even when the developer is making sweet talk about photovoltaics or wind turbines.