Neil Young’s home is lost to Californian fires

Neil Young has been raging against Donald Trump again following his response to the Californian fires also raging at the moment, and given that his own home has now apparently been destroyed he’s understandably not a happy man. Billboard have reported: “The Canadian rock legend broke the sad new with a post on the Neil Young Archives, in which he blasted Donald Trump’s reluctance to act on climate change and for the president’s steadfast denial of scientific evidence. 

Young writes, “We are vulnerable because of climate change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.” Local residents are “are up against something bigger than we have ever seen,” he continues. “It’s too big for some to see at all. Firefighters have never seen anything like this 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.”

Young reportedly bought a Malibu hideaway in 2016 from his then girlfriend Daryl Hannah (the pair have since married). Billboard has reached out to Young’s reps for further comment.

Young, who as a Canadian citizen can’t vote in U.S. elections, remains a tireless campaigner on environmental issues, so much so he took aim at the agrochemical giant Monsanto in his 2015 album The Monsanto Years. He has also maintained a years-long rift with Trump.

The rocker’s post references Trump’s controversial tweet which blamed “gross mismanagement” for the devastating wildfires, which have displaced hundreds of thousands of Californians. Trump’s comment has been condemned by a wave of professionals from the music community, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, John Legend and entrepreneur Scooter Braun.

Young concludes his open letter: “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.” Neil Young is still looking for them.

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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