Just as we all expected, EPIC and other environmental groups have started beating the war drums over the big, bad road-widening project in Richardson’s Grove that Caltrans has been working towards for years.
Don’t the local environmental groups and individuals filing the most recent suit have bigger fish to fry in terms of protecting our cherished environment than trying yet again to shut this project down?
Here’s the thing – the Richardson Grove widening project will happen. The environmental groups aren’t fooling themselves about that – but they are hoping they can fool the general public into thinking they are deserving of public gratitude and monetary support though their efforts will eventually prove to ineffective.
But who’s surprised by any of this?
Back at the end of May, we ran a story on how Natalynne DeLapp, former Executive Director, made the switch from “championing the environment” to working directly for the benefit of cannabis farmers by joining the Humboldt County Growers Association. Of course, if you ask us, her new work with the HCGA isn’t that far removed from the work EPIC does, considering that EPIC and similar environmental groups are tied so closely to the marijuana industry.
From that piece:
“Since Measure S came on the scene, some groups gave lip service to needing to protect the environment from cannabis. But we’ll bet you big bucks that they’ll raise a much louder fuss over the relatively inconsequential Caltrans project over in Richardson’s Grove.”
And just like clockwork, EPIC and others sent out the rallying cry about how destructive and terrible and just plain mean Caltrans is for pursuing the project. (We’d like to note here that the continual legal challenges to the Richardson Grove project from groups like EPIC has sent the costs for widening the road skyrocketing – thanks again for taking more taxpayer money, folks.)
Unfortunately for our local environmental heroes, people are starting to wake up to the reality that their organizations are going after relatively insignificant issues when the big environmental bogeyman – cannabis cultivation – is still continuing virtually unabated. People are also starting to recognize that these groups are blissfully ignoring the impacts on our local rivers from cannabis.
Where’s the outrage over the continual destruction of our environment? Even generally the oblivious Fish & Wildlife came out and said that the sudden explosion of early season toxic algae blooms in our rivers are almost certainly a result of nutrient run-off from cannabis activities. What did you hear from local environmental groups on that?
You see, these groups know that pursuing pot will cut into their funding in a few ways: firstly, a big chunk of their change comes from cannabis. Secondly, who are they going to sue for cannabis related environmental destruction? It’s a lot more profitable for them to go after Caltrans than it is to take on the actually beneficial and important of taking a stand against cannabis.
When it boils down to it, that’s all these groups are after – more money. The “protect the environment” line they shout over and over again is just that; a line to make themselves sound good and bring in more donor dollars.