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October 17, 2008

Sierra Club Supports NM Coalition Against Coal

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Earlier this month Andy Bessler of our Tribal Partnerships Program and our New Mexico chapter helped coalition partner Dooda Desert Rock at the Shiprock parade and fair. The Sierra Club is a proud supporter of Dooda Desert Rock (DDR), a Navajo grassroots organization dedicated to stopping the proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant in New Mexico .

"I was proud to be there to help on behalf of the Sierra Club," said Bessler.

Bessler and other club folks helped DDR both with staffing a booth and decorating the DDR parade float. He said the time at the booth garnered them many more signatures on a petition opposing the Desert Rock plant.

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The parade float featured a wind turbine and many clean energy supporters from three states who are working with DDR.

"There was a huge crowd," said Bessler. "I would estimate the crowd along the two-mile parade route packed shoulder-to-shoulder for the full two-mile route at 60,000. DDR hosted a 3-day music festival at the fair as well and educated thousands of local residents about the dangers of building another coal plant in the four-corners region."

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Bessler said everyone had a great time and it was inspiring to see so many folks come together to continue spreading the message about clean energy and the risks of more coal.

"A big 'Ahe'hee' and thanks to all the volunteers from Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona who came together to help build the float, volunteer their time to get petition signatures and hand out 'Dooda Desert Rock!' bumper stickers, fact sheets and music. 'Dooda' in Navajo means NO."

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All photos courtesy of Andy Bessler.

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