Neil Young Criticizes Trump for California Wildfire Failures, Says Own Home Is "Lost"
"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."
The wildfires currently raging in northern and southern California have reportedly claimed Neil Young’s home.
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.”
Los Angeles County firefighters attacked flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire near Malibu on Nov. 10.
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 is a Canadian citizen, can’t vote in U.S. elections but 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 that 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."
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.