By Leslie Linthicum
Burnham, New Mexico (AP)

If you drive through here on the road that connects Gallup and Shiprock, you’ll see stretches of tawny dirt and a whole lot of empty.

It’s the place a Houston-based power company decided would be perfect for a huge, twin-tower 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant. The company called it Desert Rock, a name that embodies desolation.