Neil Young pans Keystone pipeline

Canadian music legend Neil Young has waded into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline with inflammatory comments that compare Fort McMurray to the scene of an atomic bomb strike.

Canadian music legend Neil Young has waded into the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline with inflammatory comments that compare Fort McMurray to the scene of an atomic bomb strike.

Young told a press conference in Washington that he had visited Fort McMurray, home base to northern Alberta’s oil sands development, on a driving tour within the past two weeks and he called it a wasteland that looks like Hiroshima.

His comments came the same day that Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in the American capital talking up Canadian environmental policy and TransCanada’s Keystone project, which is designed to carry Alberta bitumen to refineries in Texas.