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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49568"><span class="small">Chris Willman, Variety</span></a>   
Monday, 19 November 2018 12:37

Willman writes: "Seeing Trump blame the deadly calamity on the state of California itself set Young toward writing a response, not in the form of a tweet but rather a 300-word essay that he published on his website, Neil Young Archives."

Neil Young. (photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage)
Neil Young. (photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage)


Neil Young Denounces Trump as Climate Change "Denier" and "Unfit Leader" After Losing His House to California Fire

By Chris Willman, Variety

19 November 18

 

t really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader,” Neil Young wrote of Donald Trump Sunday. This time, Young’s wrath wasn’t just brought on by the president’s continued unauthorized use of “Rockin’ in the Free World,” which the musician had railed against less than a week ago. Young has lost the Malibu home he shared with his wife, Daryl Hannah, in the devastating fires. Seeing Trump blame the deadly calamity on the state of California itself set him toward writing a response, not in the form of a tweet but rather a 300-word essay that he published on his website, Neil Young Archives.

“California is vulnerable — not because of poor forest management, as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” the longtime environmental activist wrote on his website, Neil Young Archives. “As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it… Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped. DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.”

Young ended the essay by writing, “Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these solutions shouldn’t be part of his decision-making on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more for his own, convenient option than he does for the people he leads. Imagine an unfit leader. Now imagine a fit one.”

Young was hardly the only celebrity responding to Trump’s tweeted assertions that the fires could be attributed to California’s bad management, although he might have been the first so directly affected by the firestorm. “This is an absolutely heartless response,” Katy Perry tweeted back to Trump. “There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters.” Rod Stewart posted, “Mr. President, while people’s homes are burning, while lives are being lost & while firefighters are risking their lives, California needs words of support & encouragement, not threats or finger pointing & accusations. Where is Winston Churchill when you need him?”

Just days earlier, immediately prior to the midterm elections, Young had used his first (and, to date, still only) Instagram post to let the free world know just how he felt about Trump using one of his signature songs as a staple at campaign events, despite his beseeching the president to stop.

“DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at his appearances,” Young posted. “Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes. I made this perfectly clear, after he played it in a media moment to announce his candidacy. I asked him then, in a widely shared, public letter to cease and desist. However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric. This man does not represent the character of the people in the USA that I have come to know and love. I’m Canadian so I can’t vote in the States, but if you can,take this great opportunity to make your voice heard,and vote!”

The loss shared by Young and Hannah, his wife of a few months, is not the first time the musician has been hit by a Malibu fire. In October 1978, Meeker Mansion, the home where he’d lived while recording albums like “Zuma” in the mid-‘70s, burned to the ground in an arson fire. A Malibu recording studio where Young had worked, Indigo Ranch, was destroyed in a 2007 fire.

Young’s website, Neil Young Archives, currently offers all of his decades of music for free, although it will move to a subscription model later in the year. The song title listed as the No. 1 streamed song by fans over the weekend seemed to suggest their reaction to all the tragedy hanging in the air: “Helpless.”

Young’s statement Sunday appeared in a newspaper-like section of his website that he calls the NYA Times-Contrarian (under the headlines “BIG WINDS BLOW. Extreme, Unseen & Dire. That’s What Climate Change Looks Like” and “ZUMA hit by Giant Fire & Wind as all living things seek shelter”). His statement in full:

“Life everywhere is affected by these fires. Residents of Malibu have brought their animals to the beaches for safety, shelter and companionship.

“California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think. As a matter of fact this is not a forest fire that rages on as I write this. We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.

“Our temperatures are higher than ever here in our hottest summer on record. That has not helped. DT seems to be the Denier. (I’m holding back and not using the word liar just because it rhymes with denier.) It really is time for a reckoning with this unfit leader. Maybe our new Congress can help. I sure hope so.

“California is a paradise for us all. A gift, we are sad to not be able to defend it against Mother Nature’s wrath. We love California. We are not ill-prepared. We are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. It’s too big for some to see at all. Firefighters have never seen anything like this before in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another.

“Hopefully we can come together as a people to take Climate Change on. We have the tools and could do it if we tried. There is no downside.

“Imagine a leader who defies science, saying these solutions shouldn’t be part of his decision-making on our behalf. Imagine a leader who cares more for his own, convenient option than he does for the people he leads. Imagine an unfit leader. Now imagine a fit one.

“Look around.

NY”

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-106 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-19 15:48
Horseshit temps not hotter. CA suffers from droughts cyclically all the time .. people and i mean rich people he's a 1%er is Sir Neil .. Canadian too .. as the rich live in the forests away from the poor and underclass .. guess what fire is always a risk .. this will all play out with higher insurance rates .. west is a mediteranean climate .. wet season and dry seasons .. during dry season cyclically this happens Every Year .. either dont' live near the forests or .. change the way forests are managed that is the issue .. as for Neils causal views .. Chicken Little bullshit .. disproven .. scientifcially i might add ...
 
 
+15 # ChefDave 2018-11-19 19:42
You are part of the problem. I hope you live long enough to taste regret.
 
 
-10 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-20 13:12
And you would rather eliminate those who disagree and know and study this stuff and know for a fact that it .. global warming via CO2 is NOT heating the planet nor changing the Climate .. and the group think of one group so adamant as your's insistent as they be .. are a threat to us all .. do don't even think about threatening me pal ..
 
 
+7 # economagic 2018-11-21 20:55
"you would rather eliminate those who disagree and know and study this stuff"

But it is YOU who is "disagreeing" with the people who have made a life and a lifetime of "study[ing] this stuff." Your comments are the ravings of a madman whose education stopped sometime in the Middle Ages. Or more likely, a simple troll trying to sow doubt about "actual facts" (the only kind there are).
 
 
+16 # futhark 2018-11-19 20:54
I have lived in Lake County, California for 40 years now and am confident in saying that it is indeed warmer now than formerly. Evidence: on Veteran's Day 1978 it snowed in Upper Lake. The hills around Clear Lake were covered with the white stuff all the way up until May of '79. Now a snowfall is a rare and exceptional event. By the way, the hills to which I refer are the very ones torched in last summer's Ranch Fire.
 
 
+13 # economagic 2018-11-19 20:58
You still have not responded to my perfectly serious question of a couple of days ago: What planet are you from, really? And what do they teach instead of science, and why?
 
 
+13 # DongiC 2018-11-20 01:47
BK try living in this universe. Young's views have not been disproven by science but, rather, confirmed as you will discover when global warming increases. Probably, that will be time for you to ship out to a different galaxy, sometime, next year.
 
 
-11 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-20 13:15
That is inaccurate .. it has been promulagated by all mainstream media left .. you don't think you can be lied to in this country? It is at best Scientology .. and they have flat out manipulated their data .. the Religion of Global Warmists to 'prove' their end game .. complete horseshit .. there is more data against than for .. WAY WAY WAY more .. go find out .. unless you want to belong to some team and that makes you feel safe ..
 
 
-12 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-21 04:05
you mean by global warming the scientific fact that global temps have not changed in last 10 years but the warmanista's have added up each year a statistically within the margin of error no change .. to make it appear that the planet is 4 degrees warmer than it was 10 years ago .. which is completely non scientific but they did it any way Science and so then i should leave the 'Planet of Global Warming Lies" yeah that's exactly what i'm doing here pal!!!
 
 
+5 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-22 11:40
Actually the scientific facts, as you are surely aware, have indeed shown that temperatures have gone up during the last ten years. Actual measurements have shown that since 2008 the world temperature has gone up almost half a degree Centigrade, and except for 2012, it has been a steady rise.

Why do you keep denying the obvious? Are you ill?
 
 
+12 # Glen 2018-11-20 08:46
Wow, BK, take a breath.

What would you declare if this huge fire had happened in rural, forested, Missouri? What do you say after a deadly hurricane that killed hundreds and swept away their homes? How about floods? Where would you have millions of people live where there are no disasters - disasters that are increasing world wide. Definitely climate and weather changes.
 
 
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-22 11:27
No, of course not. It's just those silly thermometers which are measuring higher temperatures than ever before. It's just those silly weather stations measuring five record highs for every record low. It's just those silly glaciers melting at an ever increasing rate and the ice caps that are disappearing for the first time in hundreds of thousands of years. It's just the dumb instruments that are measuring drought conditions never before seen in recorded history in California.

The EDDI (Evaporative Demand Drought Index) for CA is at a record for this time of year. Only a fool doesn't realize that records by definition are not part of normality.
 
 
+17 # JCM 2018-11-19 17:55
Read from: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/climate-change-california-wildfire/
and https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/climate-change-california-wildfire/

And many other websites for scientific analysis of California Climate and how it effects the strength of fire.

Opinions are worthless without references.
 
 
-10 # tr4302@gmail.com 2018-11-19 18:15
#BKnowswitt maybe right in joinining the deniers. Cyclical events are indeed common. Al Gore missed the mark because the "inconvenient truth" wasn`t climate change in the sence of weather at all. The climate change that George W. Bush nubleashed by invading has turned out to be permanant and hardly cyclical! The fires will burn out in
California but Iraq?? I hope so.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2018-11-21 21:07
"Cyclical events are indeed common."

Quite so. And the current episode of global warming is NOT part of a cycle, but of as close to an unbroken procession of increases in global average temperature--in creasing at an increasing rate--as is found anywhere in nature. The process is called "exponential growth" and is thoroughly understood, at least at the entry level, by anyone with a decent high school background in science. We're talking about 200-300 years of data, in which variations from the trend for a year or even two or three are barely discernible. To say otherwise is to declare that there is no forest, only individual trees.
 
 
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-22 11:49
Claiming "cyclical events" is a cop out, sort of like "the god of the gaps." Things don't just go in cycles. There is always some cause for everything on the macro scale, so when you see a cycle, you need to look at the mechanism responsible for it. O'Reilly doesn't understand the relation between ocean tides and gravity from the sun and moon so he thinks God must be doing it.

But the thing that deniers don't want to understand and assiduously ignore is that cycles are within parameters. When there are record droughts, hurricanes and typhoons, heat waves, floods, glacial melting, and all the rest of it, then we are no longer within normal parameters. By definition, records are not normal. That's why they are called records, so when we have record ... (see above), then it is a sign of incredible ignorance to claim that there is some sort of a cycle.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2018-11-19 18:54
I don't understand why he can't make Trump stop using his song. He has a copyright. Why can't it be enforced?
 
 
+1 # EternalTruth 2018-11-23 09:57
As long as tRump or the venue he’s at have the appropriate liscense to play music, he can play whatever he wants. The copyright in the recording and on the song itself just keep people from reproducing and profiting off the song without permission and attribution.
 
 
+6 # Jim Rocket 2018-11-19 19:36
Who are you who is so wise in the ways of science, BK?

King Arthur meets BK's ancestors. Actual documentary footage!

https://youtu.be/zrzMhU_4m-g
 
 
+8 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-11-19 21:21
'scientifcially i might add ...'

Exactly,. So Scientifcial.
 
 
-25 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-20 00:57
Weather is cyclical always has been always will be .. look at the satellite map of CA .. it's half desert .. only the coastal inside the mountains is green .. because of the rainy and dry season .. and it' sonly pine forests full of fuel .. put that together with normal cyclical droughts .. see how many they have had there in the past 100 years .. more drought than rain .. fact facts facts .. Neil a great performer past maybe he'll make a new killer lefty album .. whare have all the trees gone .. by and by .. not to make fun of what happened .. tragic .. but global warming .. climate change by carbon emmissions of internal combustion engines .. a complete disproven lying HOAX .. and I will ot put up with it!!!!!!!111111 111111
 
 
+6 # draypoker 2018-11-20 20:17
Americans put too much CO2 into the atmosphere by burning oil and coal for their energy. We all must use the no-carbon alternatives as soon as possible.
THE cause of climate change is the 200 years of carbon dioxide emissions that must now be stopped. I have helped introduce biogas in two African countries. Its use is increasing and does not add new CO2 to the atmosphere but recycles it.
 
 
+2 # JCM 2018-11-20 21:27
See comment above.
 
 
+5 # Jim Rocket 2018-11-21 07:29
Yeah, and the world is flat and 6000 years old. You're in with the people who believe that...but I suppose trolling can be fun.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2018-11-21 21:13
See SEVERAL comments above and below from people who know what they are talking about at several different levels, none of which you seem to understand. Not only do you not know the answer: you seem not to understand the question. But more likely you are just a common troll as Jim Rocket and others including myself have suggested.

On that basis I recommend that we all simply give him lots of red thumbs and otherwise ignore him from now on.
 
 
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-22 11:56
Sounds good to me, but ignoring such stupidity is difficult for a science teacher. It really is gut wrenching.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2018-11-22 13:23
OK, that explains some things! Discretion is the better part of valor, but thanks for continuing to insist on what the evidence shows so strongly.
 
 
+2 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-22 11:52
The fact that those lodgepole pines that make up most of the forests that have been burning in recent years are over 400 years old shows you that this is NOT a cycle. This is a one time event that will become even more common as the earth warms at an ever increasing rate. Or are you claiming that we are on a more than 400 year cycle?
 
 
+1 # draypoker 2018-11-22 19:32
Quoting Texas Aggie:
The fact that those lodgepole pines that make up most of the forests that have been burning in recent years are over 400 years old shows you that this is NOT a cycle. This is a one time event that will become even more common as the earth warms at an ever increasing rate. Or are you claiming that we are on a more than 400 year cycle?

It's not a cycle but the consequence of an event - the last 200 years of burning coal and oil. When the CO2 emission from that process is ended the climate will return to normal, eventually. Possibly the recovery can be speeded up by extracting the CO2 from the atmosphere. At present I don't think there is an agreed plan to accomplish that.