WildEarth Guardians spokesperson to Craig: “tough s__t”
DENVER—A spokesperson for the radical Santa Fe-based anti-coal group WildEarth Guardians showed no regard and no respect for the families and communities in Colorado who have everything to lose if the Colowyo mine is shut down.
From 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.”
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood offered the following statement:
“The Santa Fe-based WildEarth Guardians have shown their true colors: they hold hardworking Coloradans and their families in disdain. This radical group has gone completely off the rails in their out-of-control war on coal and they fail to realize Coloradans are not just variables in some political calculation, they are people and families who deserve respect and dignity, not disrespect and hate.”
Independence Institute Executive Vice President Amy Oliver Cooke offered the following statement:
“I wonder if Jeremy Nichols has the courage to say that directly — face-to-face — to the 220 coal miners who will lose their jobs if Nichols and WildEarth Guardians are successful in shutting down the Colowyo Mine. Better yet, I wonder if he would be that callous to the children of those same men and women. In that one statement, Nichols personifies modern environmentalism. It’s an elitist movement with no regard for hard working families in Colorado or any other state.”
Recently, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected pleas to request a delay of a judge’s Colowyo mine order. Jewell will visit Colorado this weekend where 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.
The May 8 court ruling in favor of WildEarth Guardians sparked outrage across the state, and hundreds of companies have dropped their support of the radical group.