In an appearance Tuesday night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Young told host Stephen Colbert that President Barack Obama should be impeached for allowing fracking.
“Last time you were here, you tried getting me to sing a song about impeaching the president who at the time was George W. Bush,” Colbert told the rock legend. “And you wanted to impeach him over getting us into the war in Iraq.
“Now that President Obama is getting us into a war in Iraq, are you up for impeaching him too?” asked Colbert in his character as a conservative talk show host.
“No,” responded Young.
“Then you’re a double hypocrite?” asked Colbert.
“I think we should impeach him for fracking,” said Young, donning a shirt that simply read “EARTH.”
“Is it not illegal?” asked the host
“It’s not in the interest of the American people,” said Young, a Canadian. “I am a part of the free world.”
Young, who stumped for John Kerry during the 2004 presidential race, is a well-known liberal environmentalist.
Earlier in the day, he said on Howard Stern’s radio show that even though Obama campaigned on environmental themes in 2008, many of his environmental promises have not come to fruition.
“Isn’t that what Barack Obama said, ‘Change and hope’ and all that?” Young recalled. “And they’re fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. Hello, Barack! Wake up, buddy!”