Neil Young Doubles Down on the Crazy
There's lots to learn at NeilYoungLies.ca. Here's a sample:
"Neil Young has a monstrous tour bus. And, when he had his Canadian concerts, he had five such buses, all burning diesel, all idling while the concert was on."
"Neil Young has his sprawling estate where an Indian tribe was killed off. California never signed any treaties with its Indians. They just pushed them away and took the land. Why doesn’t Neil honour the Indians killed in his own backyard?"
"Neil Young’s ‘Lincvolt’ claims to be environmentally sound" but it actually requires a team of chase vehicles full of mechanics to follow it around, in case it breaks down (which it does a lot -- when it isn't catching on fire, causing about $1-million in damages.)
Here's the New York Times (!):
But [Neil Young's] own life has been one of spectacular excess, materialism, and hedonism. From his 1,500-acre estate, to his two “other” homes, to his private-jet lifestyle, there’s no indulgence he hasn’t helped himself to. And why not — his estimated net worth is $65 million. He deserves to live large, doesn’t he? It’s us, the little people, who don’t.
“I’m not here to sell things. That’s what other people do, I’m creating them.”
Maybe the criticism is starting to sting. As Ezra Levant notes, during the final stop on his tour, Young seemed to rein himself in somewhat:
All week, he had been comparing the oilsands to Hiroshima, claiming it caused cancer, that there was no reclamation of the land afterwards, that it caused pollution in faraway China, etc.. But then on Sunday, he said he was fine with all of it — he could actually support the expansion of the oilsands — if “the First Nations treaties (are) honoured.”
Huh? So all that Hiroshima talk was just a bargaining chip to get some legal tinkering?
Young comes across as cynical, stupid or both.
So why does this matter to Americans?
Well, Canada wants to get our relatively clean, ethical oil to our friends south of the border, and pipelines are the best way to do that. Campaigns like Young's are speed bumps on the road to progress and prosperity for all of us, with the added bonus of helping Americans stop buying oil from countries that want to kill them.
Plus, many of Young's friends in the "green" movement are based in the U.S., but they're helping fund these and other campaigns.
In other words, American lobby groups like the Tides Foundation are interfering with another nation's sovereignty, including our decisions about our laws, regulations, treaties and resource development.
Should that even be legal?