When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power, The World Listens
As we reported yesterday, Neil Young's Tar Sands Oil comments have gone gone viral provoking both widespread applause and condemnation.
And much to our amazement, our exclusive video coverage that we posted to YouTube has been picked up by numerous websites and telecasts. The footage has appeared in headline news on Democracy Now! and the Canadian national news on CTV News, among others.
Canadian Radio Station Bans Neil Young, Sponsors Bonfires of Flannel Shirts & Patched Jeans: http://t.co/b3oBJX22GC— WFMU (@WFMU) September 12, 2013
But really. What impact does all of this coverage have?
Certainly Neil Young has invigorated the debate on energy production and its impact on the environment. Hopefully, some have come away from all of this with a new found appreciation of the complexity of the matter and how we as a society produce and consume energy. And that seems like a good thing of which we're glad to be part of.
A comment by Dan1 partially captures what this episode entails in terms of casting Neil Young as a villain rather than a seeker of a better way forward:
IMHO I think you're wrong about Neil's motivations.Thanks Dan and everyone else who has participated here at TW in a mostly civil debate.
It's one thing to disagree with his political, environmental, and scientific views. I for one agree that the 'global warming coalition' has opportunistically managed to shift the debate so much that most people accept as fact the hypothesis that human activity with respect to carbon will ruin the planet. And I also agree that the trade-off between a cleaner environment vs. eliminating people's livelihoods is a complex one.
I do feel infuriated when I see Al Gore for example build a $500m fortune and live a Hollywood lifestyle from his global warming exploits ... That said, I think you tagging Neil as trying to profit from his views could not be more off base ... I see Neil's MO as being willing to say what he feels irrespective of pissing off fans ("ain't singing for Pepsi ..") he's totally not commercial that way at all ... he says what he feels, sings what he feels, expresses what he feels in whatever medium he sees fit ... those expressions are artistic at their core, and are pure, which is why it resonates so deeply with people ... LWW was not done to advance his commercial status, trust me, if its not 110% obvious ... LWW is called a career killer move, I'm sure Elliot was bemoaning that artistic decision ...
so in summary, if you stick to the issues and argue the facts in a mature and respectful way thats cool ... the personal attacks seem childish and frankly embolden the (incorrect) arguments of the left suggest if you don't believe global warming is a certainty you're somehow less educated or intellectually inferior to those who have a more 'enlightened' perspective. I don't think your personal attacks calling Neil a hypocrite deserve a response other than to say the Lincoln Volt project with all its expenditure and time invested by Neil along with the publicity about clean energy (note LV doesn't use ethanol) represents a substantial investment in walking the walk ... its hard to find many (or any) other celebrities who are willing to dedicate themselves so sincerely toward a cause they believe in ...
I don't always agree with all of Neil's political views but I admire his integrity a lot.
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