Dave Matthews: ‘Too Bad If We Have To Pay a Little Extra Money for Gasoline’

By Nicholas Ballasy | May 24, 2010 | 6:55 PM EDT

Grammy award-winning musician Dave Matthews (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Grammy award-winning musician Dave Matthews told CNSNews.com it is “too bad if we have to pay a little extra money for gasoline” and coal because that is what “we have to do” to protect the environment.  
Before his performance at a benefit concert for primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, CNSNews.com asked Matthews, “You were critical of politicians in the past, and at this event. What do you think, though, the federal government needs to do on the environment, since you’re obviously concerned?”


Matthews said, “Well, you know, there’s, everyone screams for smaller government. There’s parts of government that I would like to be smaller: in some military, probably, although I admire elements of it. I’m not a violent man, and I don’t think it’s the solution of the future. A great deal of money goes into that.”
“More money for education, I think, would be a great thing and I think would allow us to be more creative with how we exploit our, the education of our children,” said Matthews.
“And I think the government should be much more aggressively defending the planet because it’s a foolish concept when you know that something is as fragile as this planet, at this point. And when you know how inevitable its demise, if we continue in this direction.”
Matthews also said the government must play a more “aggressive role” in defending “our waters and our wild spaces.”
“As leaders, it seems that it should be inevitable that they begin to respond to it [defending the planet] and begin to aggressively try to educate us about – because they have the mouthpiece – about the consequences and why we need to act,” said Matthews. “It’s not always comfortable but it can become a mission, you know, and you can – people are inspired by honesty, and by passion.”
Matthews continued, “I don’t see an issue that more easily inspires passion than our children’s future. So, I think the government should take a much more active and aggressive role in defending our waters and our wild spaces. There’s almost no limit to the amount of defense it deserves in my opinion.
“And, too bad if it’s difficult,” he said. “It’s something we have to do. Too bad if we have to pay a little extra money for gasoline, if we have to pay a little extra money for coal, or if we have to curb our appetite with what we pull out of the ocean. That’s what we have to do, or else we’re giving up on our children. So, that’s what I would hope happens.”
Matthews is a two-time Grammy winner who supported candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. During that campaign, Matthews played a “Change Rocks” event with musician Tim Reynolds at Indiana University and, in the 2004 presidential campaign, Matthews performed during a “Vote for Change” event for Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry.
Matthews earns an estimated $20 million a year and, according to the Web site, “Celebrity Networth,” has a total estimated net worth of $250 million.