Environmentalists Ignore the Real Rogue Industry

Decline Curves - Chris AckerChris Acker
Geological Engineer,
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania 



Environmentalists want you to believe fossil fuels are the problem, however the real rogue industry is illegal marijuana farming.

Imagine, if you will, a rogue industry in America… a rogue industry systematically destroying pristine forests. A rogue industry indiscriminately spewing poisons of frightening toxicity. A rogue industry unaccountable to government or the people – uncaring, unstoppable – mindlessly causing damages in the hundreds of millions.

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Scattered among this trash pile at an illegal marijuana grow site in Northern California are boxes of rodenticide.

Hard core environmentalists would agree this accurately describes fossil fuel companies and their evil counterpart, the pipeline trenchers. But they would be wrong. Dead wrong.

Our rogue industry wreaking this devastation is illegal marijuana farming. And make no mistake, these are not “mom and pop” operations, but rather massive, viciously criminal enterprises – as rogue as one can imagine.

A recent report by Reuters news service is essential – and horrifying – reading. It relates the pillaging of national forests which “has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officials in the hospital.” At abandoned growing sites, containers have been found with “chemicals so toxic a quarter-teaspoon could kill a bear.”

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An illegal poisonous rodenticide commonly used on illegal marijuana grows. Photo: National Forest Service

So where is the uproar from the environmental community? Mass protests condemning the wanton desecration of pristine land? Petulant demands for immediate action on all fronts?

Perhaps it is more trendy to protest fossil fuels and related industries – those same industries which have provided abundant, accessible energy that allow an elevated standard of living.

Maybe environmentalists believe “keep it in the ground” is ideal for marijuana plants. For the rest of us, energy in the ground means our dreams of prosperity would go “up in smoke.”

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8 thoughts on “Environmentalists Ignore the Real Rogue Industry

  1. I’m quite sure there are many other activities, similar to this, that are causing much more environmental harm, but not getting the same level of attention as fossil fuel use.

  2. Nice find. I am saving the link to the Reuters article to share when some stoner posts that Mary Jane is “all good Bro”.

  3. They refuse to acknowledge the real damage solar and wind energies do to the environment from manufacturing the equipment needed. When these solar panels and wind turbines wear out they leave behind massive amounts of hazardous waste that has to be dealt with.

  4. The newest unexpected opponents of marijuana growers include environmentalists

    In California, environmental regulators are monitoring multiple troublesome aspects of marijuana growth: lack of appropriate permitting, pollutant-creating fertilizer runoff and dangers to wildlife. But the most egregious crime of marijuana growers in the current western drought is overuse of water and even theft of water.


  5. You are right. We need to stop illegal cultivation of cannabis. There is only one way to do that. We need to legalize it, tax it and regulate it.

  6. Chris Acker. Les, marijuana is to be legal in California. Problem is that it’s more profitable to run an illegal, unregulated operation and not pay taxes. Many of these farms are operated by vicious drug cartels deep in the forest. Extremely difficult problem. In my opinion, largely unsolvable without something like massive military-like operations where heavily armed teams kill lots of growers. This is not likely to happen.


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