Neil Young has lost his home to the treacherous Northern and Southern California wildfires, and Tame Impala, Lady Gaga, and more have been forced to flee as well.
In a statement posted to the Neil Young Archives Site, the renowned Canadian rocker criticized US President Donald Trump’s reactions to the wildfires and his ignorance toward climate change. “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.”
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Young’s statement is referencing Trump’s tweet about the wildfires where he controversially blamed the state of California for the damage, which includes at least 25 deaths, a loss of over 6,700 structures, and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee the state.
“California is vulnerable – not because of poor forest management as DT (our so-called president) would have us think,” Young explained. “We are vulnerable because of climate change.”
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has been forced to evacuate as well, and as a result he’s lost a large chunk of the band’s studio equipment. Although he managed to grab some items on his way out, he had to leave what he couldn’t carry with him behind.
Other celebrities who have been forced to evacuate include members of Tool, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga, who packed up her cars as the smoke from the flames grew in the background.
I am thinking so deeply for everyone who is suffering today from these abominable fires & grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones. I’m sitting here with many of you wondering if my home will burst into flames. All we can do is pray together & for each other. God Bless You.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 10, 2018