Democrat Candidate Favors Eliminating Nearly 1,000 Jobs Held By Native Americans on Navajo Nation

| May 12 2013

Democrat Candidate Favors Eliminating Nearly 1,000 Jobs Held By Native Americans on Navajo Nation

PHOENIX – In what can only be described as a first, Nancy LaPlaca, Democratic candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, just became the only Democrat candidate openly supporting the elimination of nearly 1,000 jobs for members of the Navajo Nation.
“In her recent missive in the Arizona Republic, LaPlaca completely ignores that fact that closing Navajo Generating Station would result in the loss of nearly 1,000 jobs for the Navajo Nation.  That’s wrong.  We should be working to bring more jobs to the reservations, not killing them. It’s an example of how extreme LaPlaca and the Democrats on her anti-jobs team truly are,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.
According to an April 2013 report by Arizona State University, Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine: An Economic Impact Analysis for the Navajo Nation, NGS and the Kayenta Mine, the plant’s coal supplier, will contribute $12.94 billion to the Navajo Nation economy through sustained jobs and wages if the plant was to remain operational through 2044.
NGS currently employs about 518 people, nearly 86 percent of whom are Native American.  The Kayenta Mine has more than 400 employees, of whom about 90 percent are also Native American.
“It’s time for Arizona to reject extremists like Nancy LaPlaca.  In November of 2014, we will all have that chance,” concluded Graham.
8 comments
Reason Fact Truth
Reason Fact Truth

I am guessing someone with "PR" in their handle is a paid advocate, and an individual who personally knows the candidate.  So much for objectivity in her comments.  It looks like the point of the story is in the last line, that LaPlaca is an extremist.  Killing 1,000 jobs because of someone's theory is heavy-handed nonsense.

ChampPR
ChampPR

Wow. What awful spin. Nancy LaPlaca is a huge advocate of clean & renewable energy, including solar, which SHOULD be utilized more in AZ. I have never heard her say she is for "eliminating" these jobs, nor would she. She is however concerned with a sustainable future, clean air and clean water. Is someone against these things? How can you be? The "perceived haze" is a threat to people's health as it's made up of fine particulates which cause real health problems. This issue is not black or white, as yes everyone needs to continue to provide for their families - but at what cost? Is our health and the health of future generations worth making people sick so the utilities can profit? Or should we devise a realistic game plan with the understanding that the southwest is in the bullseye of climate change (something many R's still even fail to admit is happening) and move towards a cleaner future? I would vote for the latter for my children and all the future generations to come. http://www.npca.org/protecting-our-parks/air-land-water/clean-air/Regional-Clean-Air-Programs/factsheet-navajo-generating-station.html http://washingtonindependent.com/111904/dept-of-interior-points-to-navajo-generating-station-for-pollution-respiratory-illnesses

Anrold Danger
Anrold Danger

Vote out the bitch, why should we Native Americans put up with people like her who are igorancy and think they are untouchable!

ChampPR
ChampPR

I am also willing to state my opinions using my real name. Who are you?

ChampPR
ChampPR

Though yes I do communications for a living, nope, I am NOT a paid advocate. If I were, I would have stated so. I do know Nancy LaPlaca personally.  I would also not consider the fact that she's an advocate for clean and renewable energy "extremism" by any stretch.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @ChampPR "Climate change" is a conveniently vague term. Please tell us what you believe is happening to the climate. Is it getting warmer? Colder? Dryer? Wetter?

ChampPR
ChampPR

@Anrold Danger Nancy is not currently on the ACC. Please read my comment.