Two Shout Outs
From The Passenger*
Dedicated to Didi who knows one of life’s great lessons: sometimes it’s okay to lose your shit.
Shout out one. To the people who’ve sent their love and wishes: Thank you very much.
Shout out two. To the people who’ve sent their anger and hate and spewed their bile (please note this one’s a little longer):
First you shout derogatory clichés. We say Honour The Treaties. So you curse some more. Then you shout “hypocrites” because we sometimes fly on planes or use oil-based products. You ignore the fact that biodiesel has fueled the buses and trucks for a decade or more. You avoid the fact that Lincvolt – the most beautiful car I have ever known – is electric and charges using cellulosic ethanol. Fuel grown by farmers. Our farmers. And she’s big and she's fast. You moan that we drove up to Fort Mac in Lincvolt last August and ignored the “whole story.” Like we drove from San Francisco to the tar pit to do a feel good chamber of commerce piece. Like we were doing a progoganda film about CAPP’s stewardship of the land. We were shooting for a film about CO2. A film about Lincvolt. Something she knows a little bit about. Remember she shook her fossil fuel addiction. Fort Mac (the tar sands) is one of the planet's largest contributors to CO2 emissions. CO2 emission is the single largest cause of climate chaos. Vehicles burning fossil fuel are the single largest cause of CO2. Alberta oil is the dirtiest member of the CO2 spewing fossil fuel family – unless you count coal. I'm sure you get the connection.
You question our commitment and say musicians should just shut up and play. Like music is a place devoid of emotion or discussion or revolution. (I wonder what people in Kiev are listening to right now.) You even say this on the very day the great Pete Seeger flew away. I will be eternally thankful that Pete didn’t just shut up and play.
You say go back to America. Like it matters where people are from in this global age. An age you freely embrace economically. You scream “He’s no Canadian” knowing exactly who is born and bred here. Knowing full well that Canada is home. But for all you flag waving bleating and posturing you refuse to even discuss the fact that the Big Oil tar sands rights are 71% in the hands of foreign corporations. 71% of the profit leaves this country. This Canada. Let’s talk about that.
You say we are anti-oil. Okay, I’ll give you this one. But that’s not what
the tour was about. Our message is Honour The Treaties. You brought up the anti-oil crusade theme. And in spite of your best efforts and some ridiculous journalism from Corporate News Canadian Headquarters, 78% of the Edmonton Journal’s readership polled in our favour. Edmonton, for the sake of our offshore friends, is the capital city of Alberta. The Alberta government subsidizes Big Oil to the tune of 1.1 billion US dollars every year. The Harper Government – Canada’s – chips in with another 1.4 billion US dollars. Upon further reflection I feel that we aren’t anti-oil exactly, it’s more like we're anti-avarice.
You say we are anti-worker. What bullshit. There isn’t a clear-headed worker out there who believes this made-up crap. The music we march to didn’t just show up on the radar last year sometime. They all know that. Consolidate your feces dark siders, Neil Young has proudly represented workers for decades.
You say show me your solution. Yet you discount all of the things that are happening right in front of your eyes. All the solar panels. All the wind turbines. All the biofuel and the ethanol and hybrids and electric vehicles. Do you know Ontario shut down its last coal-burning power generator? Do you know that the EU will be 20% green powered by the end of the decade? Do you know Brazil runs on ethanol? Do you know Tesla’s sedan is the biggest selling car in Norway? Of course you do. But you don’t want to talk about solutions. You’d rather call us names.
You don’t read what we post. You don’t watch what we post. You just curse and talk down at us - people you don’t even know. Relying on tactics most adults left back in the schoolyard. Your pseudo personalities auto-replay your message. Your crap plays over and over again as you constantly try to change the channel. It won’t be changed.
You slander. You demean the First Nations. You snicker into your lonely space. You curse. I read your posts and wonder what you will tell your children when they ask you what you believe in?
You think we are all stupid. We aren’t.
Honour The Treaties.