WildEarth Guardians locked-and-loaded aiming to kill again
DENVER—The Santa Fe-based anti-coal group WildEarth Guardians filed suit to overturn coal-mining approvals by the U.S. Department of the Interior in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“WildEarth needs to pack their bags and go back to New Mexico. I don’t think they’re very welcome there either, though. WildEarth is locked-and-loaded, ready to come into coal communities to kill jobs and destroy livelihoods. Coloradans need to be alert and get ready to defend themselves all over again from this unstable, dangerous group of environmentalists.”
The anti-coal lawsuit challenges four approvals that allowed companies to expand and operate their coal-mining businesses. WildEarth Guardians is challenging “the failure of Interior Department to provide any public notice of its decisions and to account for the climate impacts of approving expanded coal mining.”
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.
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.
WildEarth’s spokesperson Jeremey 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.