EPIC, other groups move to stop Richardson Grove project; still ignoring impacts of marijuana growing on our rivers

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.

Top Humboldt “environmentalist” continues to fight for marijuana, not environment

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?

Crickets.

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.

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2 Responses to EPIC, other groups move to stop Richardson Grove project; still ignoring impacts of marijuana growing on our rivers

  1. a) “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”

    b) Where’s the outrage over the continual destruction of our environment?

    How does (b) follow if (a) is true? Do you have evidence for either?

    Of course I agree with you THC that the environmental leadership from many liberals, progressives, Democrats, and environmentalists has been weak, none more so than EPIC under the leadership of Natalynne DeLapp or Gary Graham Hughes before her. I’m ever hopeful for new leadership under Tom Wheeler. We’ll see.

    But corruption b/c of weed is not a reason to give up on fighting for environmental principles that even Weed Inc. can get behind, and yes the current curvy route through Richardson Grove is worth protecting by all legal means.

    Now, are you really interested in environmental degradation due to Weed Inc. or is this another clever way to get another business-friendly policy action through by using faux progressive concerns? If you are really interested in the ongoing environmental devastation due to Weed Inc. like me, and, yes, like many of the contributors to (and leadership of) groups like EPIC, NEC, Bay Keeper and Friends of the Eel River are you willing to call out those conservatives who are turning a blind eye as they see their land values sky rocket?

    The reality is of course that money trumps esoteric public policy concerns in our society and Humboldt is an example, not an exception to this rule. I will join you in condemning the left’s complicity in this ongoing environmental catastrophe. I hope you can join me in pushing back against conservative leadership’s blind eye as well.

    This means you’ll have to be critical of anti-regulation anti-tax conservatives as it relates to Weed Inc. Can you do this? Is this even something you are interested in doing to prevent algae blooms in our rivers, sedimentation in the bay, soil erosion in our hills, murder and sexual assault in our towns and hamlets, etc. etc. etc. I guess time will tell.

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  2. Rusty says:

    Whataboutism* is a term describing a propaganda technique used by the Soviet Union in its dealings with the Western world during the Cold War. When criticisms were levelled at the Soviet Union, the response would be “What about…” followed by the naming of an event in the Western world.[1][2] It represents a case of tu quoque (appeal to hypocrisy),[3] a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit the opponent’s position by asserting the opponent’s failure to act consistently in accordance with that position, without directly refuting or disproving the opponent’s initial argument.

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