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Neil Young blasts Trump after home destroyed by wildfire: "We are vulnerable because of climate change"

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The Bachelor mansion isn’t the only home on fire in California right now. In between reports of an ever-rising death toll—we’re currently around 31—celebrities like Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Camille Grammer, and Robin Thicke, among others, have revealed that their homes have been entirely lost to the flames. The same goes for Neil Young, who responded to the loss by taking to his Archives website with some strong words for President Trump, who used the ongoing tragedy to (closes eyes, sighs deeply) threaten to revoke federal funding for forest management.

Young, a vocal environmentalist, used his platform not only to point out Trump’s ignorance, but also to assert the role of climate change in the rampant fires that have plagued the West Coast as of late. “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,” Young wrote. “We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”


“Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives,” he added. “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.”

Young’s letter has a hell of a closer, too. “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.”

This isn’t Young’s first encounter with Trump. He, along with Elton John, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Rihanna, would like his music to come nowhere near the president’s waxen ears.


[via Rolling Stone]

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