Environmentalists are outraged, today, because Gov. Hickenlooper did not offer comments by the deadline Friday on a pending lease sale for energy development in the Great Sand Dunes National Park.

This’s probably because there are no plans to drill in the park. Or near the park, as greenies would have us believe.

The parcels in question aren’t even on the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where the dunes are located.

The energy activity would take place miles away on the western side of the mountains.

Now that Hick has called their bluff, enviros are spinning their objections, complaining that energy development miles and miles and miles away would pollute the dark skies over the park with the lights used for production, miles and miles and miles away.

It’s ironic they would protect our rights to sit in the dark, because that’s where we will all be if they continue to block energy development because they don’t like fossil fuels, period —we’ll be sitting in the dark.