Neil Young Loses Home in California Wildfire, Criticizes Trump

November 12, 2018
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Neil Young in 1983

Neil Young is speaking out against Donald Trump after the legendary musician lost his Malibu home in the Southern California wildfires this week.

“California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” Young writes in a post on his Neil Young Archives website. “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.”

Young’s post was prompted by a controversial Tweet by the President which blamed the state of California’s forestry management for the severity of the fires and threatened to cut off federal aid.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” reads Trump’s tweet, posted on November 10th.

“DT seems to be the Denier,” Young’s statement continues. “(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.”

“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 opinion than he does for the people he leaves. Imagine an unfit leader. Now imagine a fit one.”

The death toll in California has reached 31 and more than 300,000 people have had to evacuate their homes.

Neil Young has resided in California since the 1960s.

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