The Corner

Neil Young Wants to Impeach Obama—for Allowing Fracking

Having already called for the impeachment of the last president, Canadian rocker Neil Young is now urging that President Obama be removed from office. But this time, it’s not a “war for oil” that’s got Young’s ire up. It’s that we’re extracting oil out of the ground at all.  

Young appeared on The Colbert Report Tuesday night, where the Comedy Central host reminded the singer of his 2006 song “Let’s Impeach the President,” which called for President Bush’s impeachment for the Iraq War.

“Now that Obama is getting us into a war in Iraq, are you up for impeaching him too?” Colbert asked.

“No, no, no,” Young replied.

“Really?” Colbert said. “You don’t care. You don’t care this time?”

“I think we should impeach him for fracking,” Young said, to tepid applause. “It’s not in the interest of the American people.”

The rock star has participated in campaigns against fracking and tar sands in his native Canada. His early 2014 “Honor the Treaties” concert tour featured frequent screeds against the oil industry. “Rock stars don’t need oil,” he declared at the time.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Origins of Progressive Agony

What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism, reverts to Sixties carnival barking, and is radicalized by a new young socialist movement? Even party chairman Tom Perez concedes that there are “no moderate ... Read More

How Will the Senate Races Break?

How will the Senate races break? We have less public polling to go on than in recent years, so answering that question is harder than ever. But the news is more optimistic for Republicans than it was a month ago.   Waves and Breakers Four years ago, I projected in mid September that if “historical ... Read More
PC Culture

Warren Is a Fraud

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run: My daddy always said he ... Read More

Two Minnesota Republican Candidates Assaulted

Two Republican candidates for state office in Minnesota have been physically assaulted in recent days, leading prominent Republican lawmakers to caution their Democratic colleagues against employing inflammatory rhetoric. Republican state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm last week after ... Read More
Law & the Courts

A Christian Man Receives Justice

A good man’s legal ordeal is at an end. Yesterday, my friends and former colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom announced that former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran had reached a $1.2 million settlement, ending a case he brought after the city fired him for writing -- and distributing to a select few ... Read More