Rock Legend Neil Young has criticised Donald Trump’s reluctance to act on climate change after losing his home in the wildfires raging through the Malibu area. The 2018 California wildfire season has been one of the most destructive on record in the state of California, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Centre.
The US president posted a tweet on 10th of November blaming California’s “gross mismanagement of the forests” for the damaged caused by the fires and threatened to cut off federal funding if the situation was not rectified.
Young responded in a post on his website: “California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think. We are vulnerable because of climate change; the extreme weather events and our extended drought is part of it”.
On Sunday, Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Obsy stated that climate change was undoubtedly a part of why the fires have worsened from the past years. Environmental changes had expanded fire season across the state.
Trump’s controversial tweet has also been condemned by a wave of music celebrities, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and John Legend who lashed out at the US president for his denial of climate change.
Young’s post concludes: “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”.