Neil Young @ Press Conference for National Farmers Union
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Neil Young participated in a press conference today on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
The press conference highlighted the importance of passing a five-year, comprehensive farm bill this year; and how the Renewable Fuel Standard creates jobs, reduces greenhouse gasses, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil.
Sadly, Neil Young's LincVolt vehicle was not on display at the event due "security concerns". :(
Neil Young's introduction by Sen. Reid was humorous. Sen. Reid, noted his disappointment that Neil didn’t bring his guitar. So he briefly played Neil’s song "Beautiful Bluebird" (from Old Ways) over the sound system by putting his phone close to the microphone. But then Sen. Reid couldn't figure out how to turn off the sound so he just put his phone in his pocket to silence it.
Neil Young spoke on ethanol fuels, his recent roadtrip with LincVolt and their visit to Alberta, Canada and the Tar Sands fields.
Referring to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, Neil Young said that oil sands production has transformed part of Canada into a “wasteland” that “looks like Hiroshima.”
“I am against the Keystone pipeline in a big way.
“The fact is, Fort McMurray [Alberta] looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The indians up there and the native peoples are dying.
People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All of the First Nations peoples up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted, their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land, like they always did, but there’s no land left that they can live on. All the animals are dying.”
“Ethanol and other biofuels and cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel are the answer.
“But we also have to be careful how we grow it. We have to be as sustainable as can be and be regenerative and let the land breathe.”
While depaerting, Young was asked about war with Syria:
“Let’s not have any bombs, you know. Let’s just stop the bombs.”