Lee Greenwood, who is best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.,” performed his 1973 hit at President Donald Trump’s inaugural concert, a song that became a staple at every Trump campaign rally last year.
Protesters recently gave the song an overhaul and unveiled their new anti-coal anthem at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn last week in an attempt to disrupt the Trump team’s claim that fossil fuels like coal are “vital to reducing poverty around the world and saving jobs.”
At the only official event put on by the US government at the two-week summit, Trump’s special adviser on energy and environment, David Banks, told the crowd: “Without a question, fossil fuels will continue to be used and we would argue that it is in the global interest that when it is used it is is clean and efficient as possible.”
“This panel is only controversial if we choose to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the realities of the global energy system,” he added.
As Banks delivered his remarks, approximately 200 people in attendance stood up, turned their backs on Banks, and began singing their protest song:
“So you claim to be an American / But we see right through your greed / It’s killing all across the world / For all that coal money / And we proudly stand up until you keep it in the ground / As the people of the world unite / And we are here to stay.”
Listen to their protest song, below:
— Lisa Friedman (@LFFriedman) November 13, 2017
“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and a UN special envoy for cities and climate change.