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Message from Neil: Singin’ for Coke?

planet Earth messageNeil Young posted this message at http://www.neilyoung.com/

As big business suffers from Climate Change, carbon abuse will come to be seen as un-American. Capitalism will turn on Climate Change as an enemy of the American way of life. A carbon tax is inevitable.

Neil Young California March 2014

The following excerpt is from the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.

Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.

“Increased droughts, more unpredictable variability, 100-year floods every two years,” said Jeffrey Seabright, Coke’s vice president for environment and water resources, listing the problems that he said were also disrupting the company’s supply of sugar cane and sugar beets, as well as citrus for its fruit juices. “When we look at our most essential ingredients, we see those events as threats.”

Coke reflects a growing view among American business leaders and mainstream economists who see global warming as a force that contributes to lower gross domestic products, higher food and commodity costs, broken supply chains and increased financial risk.

 

Neil Young: ‘It’s Time to Get Real on Carbon’

Neil Young: ‘It’s Time to Get Real on Carbon’
New gas-mileage standards won’t have desired effect, he writes
December 7, 2012 8:55 AM ET

Neil Young was an early advocate of biodiesel and spent years trying to build an electric car, so you might say he’s interested in cleaner transportation. Now he writes in The Huffington Post that higher gas-mileage requirements for American vehicles won’t have the intended effect of lowering our carbon output. “For survival of the planet and our way of life as human beings, we need to drastically reduce our carbon output,” Young writes. “The approach being taken does not do that.”

Mandating that American vehicles use less gasoline won’t affect carbon emissions in other parts of the world, Young writes, and won’t slow down devastating natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Instead, he calls for a move away from high-carbon fossil fuels with “laws that encourage and reward American ingenuity” to develop cleaner running engines and “low-carbon fuels and machines to use them.”

Young writes that “the government must step away from the cozy relationships with oil producing companies,” and he advocates moving manufacturing back to America as part of a push to reduce trade with China, India and other countries that produce high levels of carbon, concluding, “It’s time to get real on carbon.”

Read more: rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-its-time-to-get-real-on-carbon-20121207
See also: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-young/carbon-emissions_b_2254162.html

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thanks to roel.

Random Quote

There was a period where Neil would start saying, “I remember the day I was lookin’ in the mirror, just lookin’ in the mirror, and my father said to me, ‘Son, you’re just a fuck up.’”
by Frank “Poncho” Sampedro offbeat interview, May 2013

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