DENVER—Today, the National Review exposed Santa Fe-based WildEarth Guardians for the misrepresentation of their support by including entities as supporters on their website that “never had anything to do” with the anti-coal group.
“They keep getting exposed for who they are: out-of-state and out-of-control extremists who are waging a crusade against families and communities in Colorado. We should rename them WildEarth Crusaders,” said Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood. “Do we see a pattern? This Santa Fe-based anti-coal group shouldn’t be trusted. They clearly don’t care about the people they are hurting in their anti-coal crusade.”
Jayne Morley, who adopted Craig as her hometown and works for the electric-power company Tri-State Generation, told the National Review:
“Several of the businesses said they’ve never had a relationship with WildEarth Guardians, and they don’t know why they were listed. In some instances, there was a very small donation, like a gift card, when someone came around and asked for a prize in a raffle. It may have been many years ago, but WildEarth Guardians listed the entire company as supporters. In other instances, when I wrote to businesses, they told me, ‘We’ve never had anything to do with these people.’”
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.
A spokesperson for the Santa Fe-based anti-coal group told the Colorado Independent:
“My initial response is tough s__t,” said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians. “They [the Department of the Interior] didn’t appeal and there is nothing they can do about it now.”
Recently, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected pleas to request a delay of a judge’s Colowyo mine order. Jewell will visit Colorado on Friday and she will deliver remarks to the Aspen Institute and go on a rafting expedition. Bowing to public pressure Jewell finally agreed to meet with northwest Colorado county commissioners on Friday.