Out-of-control WildEarth Crusaders: “Keep coal in the ground.”

Out-of-control WildEarth Crusaders: “Keep coal in the ground.”

DENVER—WildEarth Guardians released a statement on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “listening tour,” following their announcement to reform coal management. The Interior aims to reduce “carbon emissions” and “combat climate change.” Jeremy Nichols, spokesperson for WildEarth Guardians, said, “coal needs to be kept in the ground.”

“These callous anti-coal extremists are essentially saying ‘kill jobs’ and ‘make energy more expensive.’ WildEarth is waging a war on Coloradans and is a negative force against sound energy policy,” said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of free market advocacy group Advancing Colorado. “We need to stand up for the families and energy production in America and stand up against this malicious anti-coal group that uses fear tactics and doomsday rhetoric.”

The Craig Daily Press reported that WildEarth Guardians initiated 207 cases from 2010 to today, 152 cases in federal court and 55 in the Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Santa Fe-based anti-coal group received over half-a-million dollars in taxpayer funds in 2014.

WildEarth Guardians’ list of supporters quickly dwindled down from 605 to 151 by June 18, originally reported by the Craig Daily Press, and has since been removed. The loss of support followed community outrage after U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s ruling, siding with WildEarth Guardians, against the Colowyo coal mine which provides 220 jobs, which is said to be equivalent to 50,000 jobs in Denver.

Nichols is notorious for callous remarks, from the Washington Times:

“My initial response is ‘tough sh**,’ ” Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians climate and energy program director, told the liberal Colorado Independent in a July 13 post.