There appears to be an organized campaign to refer to environmental organizations as “powerful special interest groups.”

If the intention weren’t so misleading and dishonest, it would be laughable.

When I think of “powerful special interest groups,” I think of the oil and gas industry and their expensive television ads and the millions they spend on lobbying in Washington. I don’t think of the half dozen nonprofit environmental organizations in Moab that are staffed out of the home of a single staffer working time and a half for poverty wages and totally reliant on volunteers to accomplish their mission. And that mission is to protect our air, water and soil from the destruction of the oil, gas and uranium industries.

The paralyzing partisanship of Washington has obviously filtered down to the local level. What happened to the days when the Wilderness Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives 373 to 1?