WildEarth Guardians: Another victory for clean air, defeat for coal


By Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program Director,
 WildEarth Guardians

It’s another victory for clean energy and our communities scored by WildEarth Guardians’ legal efforts.

This time, it’s a big one: a coal-fired power plant shut down.

That’s according to the terms of an agreement we reached with a utility in southeast Colorado, which in 2009 converted a natural gas-fired power plant to coal.

As the Denver weekly, Westword, put it, it’s a “stunning defeat for the beleaguered coal industry.”
The settlement resolves nearly four years of litigation over clean air violations at a troublesome coal-fired power plant in the eastern Colorado town of Lamar.

It also puts at ease the minds of residents and WildEarth Guardians’ members, Shirley and Charles Warren, who have had to deal with the coal-fired power plant threatening the air they breathe and the sanctity of their community.

Fortunately, we were able to strike a deal with the utility that both resolved the issues at the coal-fired power plant and gave them a chance to find a better way to power southeastern Colorado.

This is a major victory and a clear sign of the effectiveness of our tactics.  Most importantly, it’s a testament to the power of your support.  Thank you so much.

For our climate and our communities, here’s hoping for more success to come.

For Clean Skies,


Jeremy Nichols

Climate and Energy Program Director

WildEarth Guardians


To visit the website of WildEarth Guardians, click here

Top photo: © Sharon St Joan / Clean air, rocks and trees at Zion’s National Park, 2012.

Second photo: Courtesy of WildEarth Guardians / Jeremy Nichols.

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