Literal ashes, far too many, darken the Navajo sky. Our civilization, soaring to power by using up its environmental capital, now exports its power-plant pollution to what were the clean skies of the southwest. To have taken the land was not enough; the air must be taken too, so that the Los Angeles basin, Central Arizona, and Las Vegas could force their roots out farther still, grow insatiably, and damn the expense as long as it wasn't theirs. . . .

 

David R. Brower



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