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Neil Young loses house to California wildfires

music news 13/11/2018

Among many of Californian residing rockstars, Neil Young has lost his home to the wildfires that are currently raging freely across Northern and Southern California. Neil Young has released a statement on his website, criticising America's current president, Donald Trump for giving inappropriate reactions to the wildfires.

“Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives,” Young wrote. “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 statement referenced the president's controversial tweet that blamed California's "gross mismanagement" for the current devastation of the state that had taken at least 25 lives and destroyed over 6,700 buildings which led to over hundreds of thousands without homes.

 “California is vulnerable—not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” Young said. “We are vulnerable because of Climate Change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it.”

“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 leads.”

You can see other rockers' reactions to the controversial tweet below.

Read Neil Young's full statement below:

“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”