U.S. environmental regulations hurting Native Americans

Blog, Aboriginal Futures, Joseph Quesnel

Some interesting news south of the border. This piece by the Montana-based Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) tells it all. 

Apparently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has imposed new regulations on the coal industry that are basically guaranteeing that new plants are not built.

The regulations impose limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired generation plants. 

The piece mentions that Native American reservations contain 30 per cent of the country’s coal reserves, west of the Mississippi. 

These energy reserves, however, remain largely untapped. The Council of Energy Resource Tribes, a tribal energy consortium, estimates the value of these resources at nearly $1.5 trillion 

Native Americans trail other Americans in terms of income and employment. 

Once again, this demonstrates that environmental regulations are hurting some of the most disadvantaged communities.