Radicals waging war on coal, families and communities

Radicals waging war on coal, families and communities

DENVER— There is growing concern the Colowyo coal mine in the tiny town of Craig, Colorado will face shut down due to U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson’s ruling on May 8 in favor of WildEarth Guardians, the Santa Fe-based anti-coal group WildEarth Guardians.

“Coloradans have every right to be outraged at these anti-coal special interest groups attacking their communities and waging war on an industry that gives them with the means to provide for their families,” said Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of Advancing Colorado, a free market advocacy group. “Colorado families, in this town and others like it, are suffering from these constant attacks from other states’ environmental special interest groups.”

The May 8 court ruling concluded the Interior Department’s office of surface mining “fell short” in its 2007 permit allowing the mine to expand by failing to comply with the strict regulations surrounding public notice and air quality control.

Recently, Craig liquor stores and restaurants pulled certain Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to their financial support WildEarth Guardians. Danny Griffith, who helped lead the boycott told the Denver Post that he could not support those companies with ties to the anti-coal group.

In response, about two-thirds of the 605 business entities originally backing WildEarth Guardians’ have taken their names off of WildEarth Guardians’ “Businesses for Guardians” list.

“It’s good to see that Coloradans are using the free market principles of choice and competition to fight back against anti-energy groups like WildEarth Guardians,” concluded Lockwood.

The Colowyo mine provides electricity to neighboring states, which has caused other states’ senators to join Colorado lawmakers in asking the Department of Interior to help keep the Colowyo Mine open. The mine provides coal to Tri-State power, which also supplies electricity to western Nebraska.

The Colowyo mine also pays $2 million a year in federal taxes and another $1 million in state severance taxes.

Vincent Carrol wrote in the Denver Post:

“Jeremy Nichols may not be the official stand-up comic of green activism, but he seems to be auditioning for the role. How else to explain his risible claim in a recent Denver Post report on the struggling economy in northwest Colorado that WildEarth Guardians isn’t trying to shut down the Colowyo coal mine and throw 220 people out of work?”

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