Our goals for moving towards a clean-energy economy on the Colorado Plateau
The process of generating electricity from fossil fuels — primarily coal — dumps more than 6 million tons of NOX, 13 million tons of SO2, and 2 billion tons of CO2 into the air of the U.S. every year (Source: Clean Air Network). It leads to the early deaths of thousands of people, impairs the health of millions, causes global warming, and degrades visibility in our national parks, wilderness areas, and other places close to our hearts.
Without doubt, cleaning up dirty, coal-fired power plants is necessary and important work. But if we are to ultimately win the battle against air pollution, we must find new and better ways to generate electricity that are renewable, sustainable, and nonpolluting. In addition, we must improve the way we use electricity — regardless of how it is generated — through increased energy efficiency.
Grand Canyon Trust will continue its work in the clean energy area to ensure that:
- Significant new investments are made in renewable energy projects and businesses
- Native people benefit from ownership and employment opportunities whenever possible