Rice professor to politician: “You don’t own me”

A Rice University professor didn’t shy away from reminding an Alaskan Republican who paid his salary – the taxpayer.

History professor Douglas Brinkley testified last week about the need to protect and preserve the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and advocated for ANWR to become a national monument. However, his exchange with Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, created a national stir today when Brinkley and Young got into a verbal exchange.

Young, who supports drilling in ANWR, set off the fiery exchange when he called Brinkley’s testimony “garbage” and then mistakenly called Brinkley “Dr. Rice.”

“It’s Dr. Brinkley. Rice University is a university,” Brinkley said. “I know you went to Yuba (Community) College…”

Young, who is visibly angry in the video of the exchange, shouted back, “I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you’re in that chair. You just be quiet.”

Brinkley, of course, didn’t take those comments lightly or back off.

“You don’t own me,” the professor said. “I pay your salary. I work for the private sector and you work for the taxpayer.”

Committee Chairman Doc Hasting, R-WA, stepped in to break up the heated argument.

Brinkley told Hastings that he felt it was necessary to correct Young after he had mistakenly called him the wrong name and called his testimony garbage.

“You would do that if someone did that to your name,” Brinkley added.

And they didn’t make nice after the meeting.

Luke Miller, a spokesman for Representative Young, said the fiery exchange was “nothing more than a publicity stunt by Mr. Brinkley in order to sell books.”

“Witnesses are invited to testify before Congress to answer questions and provide insight, not repeatedly interrupt a Committee Chairman and Members of the Committee and be disrespectful,” Miller said in a statement. “People will want to make this into more than what it really is; an attempt by an author to create a stir and sell books.”

Reached by phone this afternoon, Brinkley said he wasn’t trying to sell his book, but he was merely trying to stand up against a bully.

“I was proud to stand up and defend myself against a bully,” Brinkley said. “He does this all the time. It’s his shtick. The only thing different is I stood up for myself.”

Brinkley said Young wasn’t in the room during his testimony that advocating for creating a national monument for Dwight D. Eisenhower in the ANWR. The Rice professor said he would have likely let any comments go if Young hadn’t mistakenly called him “Dr. Rice.”

“That gave me the opportunity to step in and correct the record,” he said.

Brinkley, who added he’s received thousands of emails of support, said he hasn’t spoken to Young since the exchange.

“I think I got the upper hand on him,” the professor added.

Brinkley, who is a history professor at Rice, wrote “The Quiet World” about efforts to protect the Alaskan wilderness.

186 Comments

  1. John

    Good for the professor. Time the politicians are reminded they are employees and not the employers. They should be reminded of that every chance we — their employers — have.

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  2. Dollar

    Well, was the professor’s testimony ” garbage ” ?

    What is the professor’s expertise ?

    Its not unthinkable, that ” experts ” in the lower 48 think they know more about Alaska than the people who live there, pretty common, actually. Especially when it comes to oil production.

    #2
  3. ProfesorC

    Go get him, Professor!

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  4. Hotshot007

    Republican Don Young, like virtually every member of congress, does NOT ‘Work For Us’. The current salary (2011) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Don Young, like most US congress members is not ‘burdened by consistency’.

    Don Young receives 85% of campaign contributions ($1,846,050) from outside his district. Don Young receives 85% of campaign contributions ($1,848,550) from outside his state.

    Member’s Latest Tweets:
    “Congress needs to listen to Alaskans not outside groups when considering the #AK Energy for American Jobs Act”: http://t.co/Z6mK9X5r
    2 days ago

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  5. Don

    It’s evident from that short exchange in the video that congressman young has a superior air about him. Vote that servant out of office!

    #5
  6. olivia

    More and More American citizens need to send an e-mail or make a phone to congress to remind them that they are doing NOTHING and getting paid well to do it. Americans need help from our government – CAN THEY HEAR US?

    #6
  7. Kave

    Good job Prof!! It doesn’t matter if his testimony was “garbage.” It doesn’t give the Republican politician the right to disrespect someone.

    #7
  8. JB

    Awesome. We really need term limits.

    #8
  9. FMS

    ummm…does Brinkley have tenure…a job for life…??

    #9
  10. rat618

    Good job Dr. Brinkley.

    #10
  11. Mikki

    When was the last time any of us have heard the phrase “public servant”?

    #11
  12. m9777

    Fire ‘em all….

    #12
  13. Ornery

    Way to go professor. This story would not have been in the Chronicle if this had been a democrat acting like this.

    #13
  14. Ivar

    JB, we have term limits, they are called elections… apparently they wanted him back.

    #14
  15. w00t

    What qualifies a History professor to be an expert on Alaskan landscape?

    #15
  16. Dollar

    Brinkley was in their house, he was on their turf, he needed to be respectful and obey their rules.

    I found Brinkley’s bio, still do not understand what makes him an expert on ANWR. He’s written a lot of books on WW II.

    How did he end up in front of this committee ?

    A whole lot more questions here than answers.

    #16
  17. Gentry

    Wonderful. Way to go Doug. And no, we don’t need term limits. What we need is for people to pay attention, educate themselves, register and then GO VOTE!

    #17
  18. HaHA

    Dollar/FMS… I love how you seem to be protecting what is clearly uncivilized/non-constructive/extremist behavior.

    Was it “garbage” you ask?
    I’m not sure calling someone’s opinion “garbage” is really the place to start a constructive dialogue… maybe you missed that point in elementary school.

    This is why people are peeved. Because loud, simple-minded ideologues are dominating the nation’s debate while the rest of us suffer from a paralyzed gov’t.

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  19. Dan X. McGraw

    Dollar, Brinkley wrote a book about the Arctic wilderness and efforts to protect the Alaskan wilderness.

    #19
  20. refugee

    Unfortuntely writing a book does not make one an expert. Some 75,000 books are written in the US every year. It is unlikely that there are 75,000 experts in the US.

    #20
  21. Dr. Brinkley is correct, the politicians do work for the people. But why does he reference the reps’ education? How is that relevant? He sounds like a typically snotty and condescending educator. Drill, baby, drill….

    #21
  22. M.Steele

    Go get’em Dr. Brinkley!

    The Republican party – working hard for the 1%.

    #22
  23. defman

    I like the way politicians think they’re “experts” at anything other than raising campaign contributions. They have to get aggressive to hide their ignorance. Thank you, Professor, for you moment of clarity and wisdom.

    #23
  24. TheRipper

    Dr. Rice has got a mouth on him! He could use a few lessons in manners.

    #24
  25. Emily

    Hats off to the Professor! Someone please tell our Gov that. THEY WORK FOR US!

    #25
  26. cjmel78

    Give ‘em Hell, Doug. Don Young is nothing more than a shameless whore. Here’s a big problem with the “Drill Here” propaganda: If it comes out of the ground on American soil or in American waters, nothing mandates that private entities sell it here in America. This is nothing more than government subsidy of private oil companies.

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  27. Hornbook

    The professor lost the high ground when he made fun of the Rep. having attended community college. They are both idiots.

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  28. SgtDave

    I too took offence to the condescending remark from eletist Dr. Brinkly about community colleges. My comment on that is that it is too bad that most of us don’t have the resources to attend schools like Rice and many of the students who do probably get government loans and grants to do that. Dr. Brinkly may work for the private sector but universities do still rely on government largesse to stay in operation and continue to boost their fees way beyond inflation.

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  29. pinnywoodsrooter

    Doesn’t Yuba College teach Government 101? I remember the part about elected officials working for the citizens and being paid by the taxpayers from 6th grade civics. Young needs to take a few years off from Congress and go back to school.

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  30. SgtDave

    I meant that I took OFFENSE to the remark. Darn!

    #30
  31. SaltWaterCroc

    The oil companies have bought and paid for congress critters like Young. It’s hard to impeach someone before the panel when you are ignorant of the facts, like Young is. You elect stupid people, because of their ideology, you get stupid results. Young spends most of his time in DC (since 1973), works only 109 days a year, and he is an expert on what?

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  32. T

    He works for his students, but are they allowed to interupt him?

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  33. jason

    Universities get millions of federal dollars in grants. To say that the “private sector” is not tax payer funded is incorrect. The congress doesn’t work for the tax payer, the members of congress make a lot of money from insider trading. The people in congress also pay taxes. It’s not as if we are their supervisor. We are the voters who put them there, but they aren’t accountable to us, until perhaps election day.

    But of course Republicans from Alaska think that being uneducated and not thinking critically are virtues. To believe in science is a sign of elitism in their eyes. It denotes someone who is a snob and not the kind of guy you’d want to have a beer with.

    This is why our country is dying. Buffoons are running the show at all levels: in government, at universities and corporations. These people sell their snake oil to the populace and they are able to advance, yet they are all a bunch of dolts.

    #33
  34. Dave

    Wow, what a novel concept, congress works on our behalf. We should plead with them to pass some legislation that makes this a law, maybe draft a constitution or something.

    #34
  35. Boomroasted

    Zing! Politicians like Young are a lousy bunch.

    #35
  36. w00t

    Tree huggers are goobers.

    #36
  37. Govchance

    What makes a History professor an expert on drilling, Alaska or Anwar. Probably the same kind of expert that Obama relied on to postpone and/or cancel the Keystone Pipeline.

    #37
  38. tonybot

    Replican community college graduates are running this congress….OMG!!!

    #38
  39. Dan X. McGraw

    Gov. Chance, it’s near the bottom of the story. He was invited, because he recently wrote a book about the efforts to protect the Alaskan wilderness (and ANWR).

    #39
  40. Dweezil

    Politicians are the hired help and they seem to forget that. They need all their “perks” stopped and see how the rest of the country lives.

    #40
  41. EVERYONE please go buy this professor’s book. AWESOME…AWESOME…AWESOME. Our problem in this country is we allow CEO’s to RUIN companies and leave with hugh paydays. When did this become acceptable? Those in Washington are so egotistical – they think they “own” us…..ask the English what happened the last time they treated all of us rednecks like that….lol…..GREAT JOB profe

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  42. L8one

    Wel, DUH! They DO work for us, they just forgot that little tidbit of info once they got elected!! Fire em all!!!

    #42
  43. Bert Chadwick

    We DO pay their salaries. And well above the scale, plus benefits for life.
    An absolute LACK of manners and lack of respect from Rep. Young. He should go back home to learn how to treat people.
    A Rice University professor is not an illiterate guy.
    That attitude of superiority from Rep. Young show an inferiority complex.

    #43
  44. Orlando

    Good job professor! Also, it’s obvious that Republican doesn’t work for the people, he works for the oil corporations, we (tax payers) just pay his salary. sad uh?

    #44
  45. jj

    refugee, I think the point is that someone that has written a book on a subject matter will typically have done the research required to know something about that subject matter and otherwise have become educated on the subject matter. It doesn’t make them THE authority, but it does make them AN authority on the matter, and certainly they are more educated on the subject matter than you or me, and in all likelihood, most sitting on that committee (thus the reason they invited him for his testimony).

    #45
  46. marvin

    Representative Young was responsible for pushing through the famous “Bridge to Nowhere.” He was also implicated in the Abramoff scandel.

    The man is corrupt and will do anything for his campaign contributors and who else bribes him.

    #46
  47. NowYouKnow

    Well, the professor is very likely Liberal and blindly opposed to drilling in that tiny, tiny section of the ANWR. The size of the geography involved is similar to the size of a period at the end of one sentence on two pages of the Houston Post. However, I loved how the professor handled the professional politician. Well done prof!

    #47
  48. scott

    Kave, it doesn’t give ANY politician the right to talk to a tax-paying American. Democrat or Republican, it doesn’t.

    #48
  49. Mike H

    I told Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee the same thing!!!! She actually told me that I work for her and when I said no, you work for me, she went to my boss and had me fired! I hope Rice University does not trip the professor up. The Representatives need to have term limitations placed upon them!

    #49
  50. Jeff

    Ivar, we don’t have term limits because if nobody runs against let’s say Sheila jackson Lee, she is elected for 80 years like Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy. Term limts get them out after 12-16 years and gives others a chance.

    #50
  51. Fropa

    They were both right. The Congressman is there because of his taxes and the Professor’s testimony was nothing but politically motivated garbage.

    #51
  52. clyde ec

    These smug professors sit around in their cozy offices and dream up BS that they know nothing about. I say. go get ‘em rep Young.

    #52
  53. scott38

    As a conservative I got to say if I were called to testify before congress and some tool said he would call me whatever he wanted and to be quiet I would have told him off also. The horribly misplaced arrogance of government employees ticks me off. You can modify your tone when you are paid by the taxpayer.

    #53
  54. Johnny

    I don’t think that either side of this interchange handled themselves well. Respect goes both ways. But why would a HISTORY professor be called to provide “expert” testimony on oil production in ANWR? Anyone can write a book.

    #54
  55. John B

    EXCUSE ME!! Professor if you worked for me (American Taxpayer) you would not teach the Liberal agenda or faux science. Both you and the Senator work for me and I would like you both to be FIRED

    #55
  56. mr. stretchy

    For all of you wondering why Dr. Brinkley was at these hearings, do a little research before you spout off! Dr. Brinkley wrote a historical book on ANWR, he is a historian and not an expert on oil or energy and has never claimed to be. He was invited by the committee to testify from a historical perspective on the subject. I find it hard to fathom how anyone could defend Congressman Don Young and his demeanor and it really shows what is wrong with our nation and it’s elected leaders. The very fact that Rep. Young would repeatedly interrupt and shout at a guest of the committee is intolerable! Rep. Young is entitled to disagree with him but to label his work as garbage is shameful.

    And this isn’t the first instance of his Young acting like a bafoon, As chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Young championed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” a $223 million bridge that would have connected Ketchikan (pop. 7,800) to Gravina Island (pop. 50) where the town’s airport is located.

    He famously called the BP oil spill “not an environmental disaster.” He also has the lowest voting attendance among House members, aside from those who had to miss votes because of illness or presidential campaigns.

    This why Congress has such a low level of respect from the American people. This attitude of entitlement and self importance.

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  57. Chris

    I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I’m pretty convinced that Brinkley is just an ideologue. I do give credence to someone who actually f’ing LIVES THERE!!!

    And REAL classy with the Yuba comment. Fits an arrogant, left-wing professor perfectly. Another reason to hate what the American college experience has become.

    #57
  58. B Jones

    Brinkley is a liberal historian. Young is a Representative from an oil producing state.
    If the Chronicles eyes … the liberal wins.
    .
    And they wonder why I don’t subscribe.

    #58
  59. Matt

    The prof is coming off as a d-bag as much as the rep. Professional academians are just as bad as professional politicians. Just because Brinkley wrote an arguably biased book on ANWR, doesn’t make him an expert and I would be chapped if they put a partisan in front of me to testify on an issue like this.

    #59
  60. To Congressman Young; The Bible says “Pride comes before a fall”. This is in Proverbs.

    #60
  61. Diogenes

    this makes me wonder how the good professor would react if one of his students told him that they pay HIS salary?

    #61
  62. Doug

    The Congressman was a bit disrespectful and the professor owed him an earful.
    However…the professor got it handed to him. He got chippy and the congressman gave him an earful. Professor got what he deserved. + the congressman is correct about the issue.

    #62
  63. The world is full of them

    How much of Rice University’s funding comes from federal grants? How much of Brinkley’s’ research money comes from federal grants. Laundering the money through a private university is not the same as saying private enterprise regards the research as meritorious.

    #63
  64. HaHA

    TonyBot, it would be hysterical… if it weren’t true.
    Them and their shadow donors, and the idiots that continue to eat up extreme right wing talking points like it is some faith-based religion.

    Who needs facts when we have corporate America to think for us?

    Who need to be knowledgeable when we can just sit back and allow ourselves to be brainwashed?

    Heck, why don’t we just let the fine folks at international corporate headquarters own the public and get back to the good ol’ days of slavery. What’s good for corporate is good for everyone, all the time, right?

    #64
  65. Kave

    I love how Chris starts his post with “I don’t really have a dog in this fight,” and finishes with “Fits an arrogant, left-wing professor perfectly.” I think we ALL know what dog you are backing in the fight.

    #65
  66. liz J

    Thanks Dr. Brinkley!
    You ROCK!

    #66
  67. HaHA

    By far the most insightful comment on this entire thread…
    “For all of you wondering why Dr. Brinkley was at these hearings, do a little research before you spout off! Dr. Brinkley wrote a historical book on ANWR, he is a historian and not an expert on oil or energy and has never claimed to be. He was invited by the committee to testify from a historical perspective on the subject. I find it hard to fathom how anyone could defend Congressman Don Young and his demeanor and it really shows what is wrong with our nation and it’s elected leaders. The very fact that Rep. Young would repeatedly interrupt and shout at a guest of the committee is intolerable! Rep. Young is entitled to disagree with him but to label his work as garbage is shameful.

    And this isn’t the first instance of his Young acting like a bafoon, As chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Young championed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” a $223 million bridge that would have connected Ketchikan (pop. 7,800) to Gravina Island (pop. 50) where the town’s airport is located.

    He famously called the BP oil spill “not an environmental disaster.” He also has the lowest voting attendance among House members, aside from those who had to miss votes because of illness or presidential campaigns.

    This why Congress has such a low level of respect from the American people. This attitude of entitlement and self importance.”

    #67
  68. Dr. Brinkley is one of the most distinguished historians in the US who wrote a book about the region. Congressman Young is a bigot who insults people and probably doesn’t believe in climate change.

    #68
  69. tboyinhouston

    It’s about time somebody stood up to these tea party community college graduates and spoke the truth about climate change. We pay their salaries, except the GOP is beholden to the oil industry they lie at every turn about the truth.

    #69
  70. j

    Huh?

    #70
  71. STuRM ZuFuHReN

    Grüße Fräulein, Sturm-Verbot-Führer, Master cylinder of the Petzeangriffs is not interested in your God curse of sandwhiches

    #71
  72. K Mills

    Here! here! three cheers for the professor. I believe this shows the abject arrogance of politicians. Most of them couldn’t make it in the real world and so they work for the Government. I wish the good DR had told the politician to sit down, shut up. God, sick to death of politicians who really believe they are equivalent to royalty and somehow are superior to us little common people that go to work every morning to pay his friggin salary.

    #72
  73. liz J

    When Young looks at pristine wilderness he in his own words sees nothin. A small area that needs drillin. The gulf of mexico at some point was pristine and after that oil leak won’t be even clean in our lifetime or that of our children’s children. Do you need an education to understand that you need to keep things clean? Especially the food and water supply? Smart people do go to community college. Young wasn’t one of them.

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  74. Lara

    I watched the whole video. They were both rude. But Dr. Brinkley went farther. He misstated Rep. Young’s comment (he was called Dr. Rice, but Brinkley repeated it as “Mr. Rice”). Notice he then didn’t jump all over the chairperson, who did mistakenly call him “Mr. Brinkley.” He purposely sneered local college education, which DOES smack of elitism. Brinkley’s tuition-paying students wouldn’t get to act like that in lectures.

    Finally, I may not agree with Rep. Young, and I may personally oppose drilling in ANWAR–but really, what expertise does a history professor bring to the subject of feasibility of environmental safeguards and drilling in ANWAR? Really, a historian is much like an aggregator of news, a story-repeater. There’s no science to it.

    #74
  75. Joseph Schwartz

    clyde, if you believe that Dr. Brinkley sits around in his cozy office and dream up BS, I want the crack you’re smoking. It’s more likely a politician will be the one who is sitting on his butt dreaming about what crap he can spew out to get more votes.

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  76. Evil_Liberal

    @B Jones

    Brinkley is a liberal historian. Young is a Representative from an oil producing state.
    If the Chronicles eyes … the liberal wins.
    .
    And they wonder why I don’t subscribe.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    But you contribute willingly to their web-hits thereby promoting the Chron’s value to advertisers. Well done. Your noble outrage is duly noted.

    #76
  77. JoeA

    So the research should support the views of the congressman because a portion of the funding is federal money? Sounds as if the congressman does not want his preconceived position threatened and he’s returning fire. Go Owls!

    #77
  78. Mike

    Doesn’t everyone remember how, during the BP fiasco, you couldn’t hardly turn on your TV to a news station without seeing Dr. Brinkley spouting off about the evils of oil companies? I always wondered how a History professor could have gained so much exposure in an area that he would seemingly not be an expert on. In my opinion, all you need to know is just to listen to his diss to the Congressman regarding community college. In fact, if you listen to all of it, Dr. Brinkley says the Congressman couldn’t even graduate from that. The facts are that the Congressman did end up with a 4 year degree. Dr. Brinkley is, in my opinion, quite arrogant. But to be fair, he doesn’t hold that position by himself.

    Not sure who started the cat fight but I can see how Dr. Brinkley could tick you off.

    #78
  79. bradleybrave

    They both sound like a pair of Narcissistic blow hards. Bottom line is both get their pay someway somehow out of the wallets of citizens. And both of these men need to grow up.

    #79
  80. Joseph Schwartz

    To any of you defending Don Young… do a little research. You are defending the scum of congress. He pushed for the “bridge to nowhere.” I wouldn’t call him an expert at anything, except wasting taxpayer dollars.

    #80
  81. onevois

    Three things: (1) there’s no reason why this condescending politician’s behavior should be acceptable; (2) the hair-on-head example is a terrible analogy; and (3) I loved that young girl’s look when Dr. Brinkley stood up for himself. Way to go Brinkley!

    #81
  82. rushlimbo

    Technically Don Young does work for the taxpayer, but he, like most in congress take orders from his big campaign donors, and could care less about the real people.

    Don Young is a lackey for the oil industry, as are many in congress – he simply follows the script the oil lobbyists give him

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  83. Sean

    Both were equally disrespectful. However the Congressman does NOT work for Mr. Brinkly. That Congressman works for Alaskan citizens, whether they pay taxes or not.

    #83
  84. LOL!

    NowYouKnow…do you realize you called the paper the ‘Houston Post’? I like reading the Post while I watch the Rockets play at the Summit and then go to the Wall of Water at Transco Tower. :)

    #84
  85. Tom in Texas

    If you only listen to the first few seconds of this clip you might come down in support of the professor but if you keep listening you’ll get a feel for full context and I happen to agree with the congressman. Do yourself a favor and get the full story.

    #85
  86. richeyrich

    Way to go Dr. Brinkley, it’s about time someone set those egotistical thieves straight !

    #86
  87. w00t

    When Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States Brinkley was asked, along with Tom Brokaw and U.S. Representative John Lewis, to write an essay for the Official Inaugural Book. He was also invited to the White House in the summer of 2009 and 2010 to discuss history with the president in a wide-ranging conversation on everything from foreign policy to conservation.
    =========
    I wonder if he said the same to Obama or if he’s just another angry World Class Jerk Liberal looking for a fight with superior people.

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  88. james

    i have no problem with the Rice professor trying to make the correction of the congressman. I do not like the congressman telling the guest of the committee “i will call you whatever i want, you just sit there and be quiet.” that was totally uncalled for, and then for the congressman to say later “im p*ssed off,” im thinking he could have come up with some better language.

    so if they started drilling, young says it would only take 1900 acres on such a big are. i say start drilling. I think i read somewhere that some wildlife along the alaska pipeline actually like being around the pipeline because of the warmth it gives off

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  89. Zombie Ayn Rand

    A history professor vs. a professional politician and earmarks queen.

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  90. Roy Harris

    I don’t think Brinkley scores any points by making condescending comments about where the congressman went to college. (And according to Wikepedia he graduated from California State University.) And any point that Brinkley does make is diminished by that type of snobbery.

    #90
  91. Kurt

    Why is he being attacked for being “unqualified”. He was extended an invitation to the panel. The panel was in error for inviting himn if he did not have expertise to discuss the subject.

    It disgusts me that these people are invited then torn apart for beinbg unqualified. Invite the environmental and scientific professionals and stop jerking off with everyone’s time playing who’s smarter.

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  92. ralph

    I bet the professors approval rating is higher than 7%

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  93. Historianess

    Lara writes: “…what expertise does a history professor bring to the subject of feasibility of environmental safeguards and drilling in ANWR? Really, a historian is much like an aggregator of news, a story-repeater. There’s no science in it.”

    Lara, you need to go back to school and learn what historians actually do. Historians study changes in human experience over time. We do not aggregate news, we interpret evidence and make arguments about the human past. Dr. Brinkley has done historical research into environmental protection in Alaska, specifically on the origins of ANWR. How is the NOT relevant to whether or not we should drill in ANWR? HIstorical context is always useful in these situations, and it was the historical context that Dr. Brinkley was invited to testify about. Incidentally, Brinkley has written quite a bit about environmental protection elsewhere, including a book about Teddy Roosevelt and the origins of national parks. So yes, Brinkley does in fact have a great deal of expertise.

    As an aside, I’ll note that I don’t think Brinkley was making a comment about Don Young’s education. He was pointing out that he knows that Don Young’s name and his educational institution are in fact two different things. Don Young didn’t bother to afford Brinkley the same courtesy. Obviously Young wasn’t paying any attention to the testimony, since he didn’t even use the right name.

    Finally, any Congressman who would be rude enough to say ““I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you in that chair. You just be quiet,” should be fired by his constituency.

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  94. Lary

    Good Job, Professor! I don’t care what the issue is, if a Congressman starts doing the “superior dance” in front of me, I will knock him/her on his/her butt.

    #94
  95. Miemaw

    “You don’t own me,” the professor said. “I pay your salary. I work for the private sector and you work for the taxpayer.”

    Yes he does!

    The Professor is so….. right.

    #95
  96. TruthSeeker

    The CONgressman started the first volley by calling the professor testimony ‘garbage’, then call the professor the wrong name, then telling the professor he can call the professor whatever he wants. This is behavior of a bully, not a respectful public servant.

    It’s appalling there are quite a few people on here condoning the CONMAN action. The majority of congress are CONMEN OR CONWOMEN, it’s in their job tittle.

    #96
  97. Dan X. McGraw

    Roy, you shouldn’t trust Wikipedia. From Young’s bio: “he earned his associate degree at Yuba Junior College in 1952, and his bachelor’s degree in teaching at Chico State College in 1958. Between earning these degrees, he served in the US Army’s 41st Tank Battalion from 1955 to 1957.” http://donyoung.house.gov/Biography/

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  98. txcynic

    What an arrogant Professor too … Since when does this professor work in the private sector? Last I checked, Rice was an educational institution. This professor is not repsonsible for meeting a payroll, or or wondering where his next meal may come from. He works for a rich private University that is flush with cash and immune from the ills of the real world. Give me a break Dr. This sounds an opportunity for this elitest educrat to get face time and be famous at the holier than though profeesor party circuit …

    #98
  99. phantom

    Prof shouldn’t have dissed the Community College, but everything else was absolutely correct.

    #99
  100. OhNoYouDient

    Smart professor 1; pompous Republican polluter 0.

    #100
  101. Hotpuppy

    About time…. Congress needs to be regularly reminded that it is there to act in the best interests of the American people….. time for a pay cut and a benefits trim like the rest of us get regularly.

    #101
  102. Tex

    Just another day at the Washington Day Care. Rep. Ed Markey is pictured, so I am sure the hearings are in good hands. And we are paying for these jokers?

    #102
  103. The Czech Man

    I may not agree with the prof., but I do agree with him re-minding who works for who in this country.

    #103
  104. cxd

    MAN !!!!!

    It is great to see a Citizen with Common Sense, Knows What Time It Is and has the BACKBONE to let these delusional politicians know who they work for…….

    A Man’s – Man… Way to go Professor !!!!

    #104
  105. rghull

    Everybody’s screaming about term limits. Well guess what, you can control the length of their term by simply getting off your lazy butts and voting. Vote the incumbent out of office (all of them) and continue to vote them out on every election. You’ll have constant change and be sending a strong message to both parties that we won’t put up with any more of their crap. They were elected to work and solve their constituents problems, not work on getting re-elected and working on the party problems.

    #105
  106. Howaboutit

    John B, since you are not the only taxpayer paying salaries, I prefer that teachers/profs instill the ability to think critically about political issues and science and neither should subscribe to a particular party doctrine of ideology. Students should be encourage to think…..not just take someone’s word for it due to brainwashing as I can tell you would prefer. One party, in particular, is not in favor of “free thinking”.

    #106
  107. The Czech Man

    I may not agree with the prof., on the subject matter, but I do agree with him on re-minding the politician who works for who. I ALWAYS SAID TO MYSELF, IF I EVER HAD TO TESTIFY IN FRONT OF THOSE SELF-RIGHTEOUS SOB’S I WOULD DEMAND THAT MY CHAIR WAS ON THE SAME LEVEL AS THERE’S, THEY DO NOT NEED TO LOOK DOWN ON ME!

    #107
  108. Lyle

    Brinkley’s testimony probably isn’t the most credible, which is where the “garbage” comment is coming from.

    He’s not an expert on oil. He’s not a scientist. He’s not from Alaska. He’s just someone from the lower 48 who doesn’t want drilling to happen in ANWR.

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  109. Joe

    Not too impressed with the Prof. Most professors are closet communists anyway. Or worse.

    #109
  110. Mark

    Leave it to the Chronicle to use the words “expert” and “professor” in the same sentence, and have it get by the editors. The words are a contradiction in terms … we all know the old saying … if at first you don’t succeed, teach.

    #110
  111. Dave C

    The area they want to drill would equate to you using a six inch square in the corner of your yard. In other words, the impact on wildlife is miniscule, escpecially compared to the decades worth of fuel the enviro zealots are forcing us to leave in the ground so caribow can walk over it. Much like the pipeline fiasco. Now Canada will ship the oil to China, tens of thousands of Americans are left without jobs, and we continue to buy oil from two bit middle eastern dictators and ship a supertanker EVERY DAY to make up for what the pipeline would carry. Nebraska’s aquifer? It’s already crossed by dozens of pipelines. After all, they get ALL their fuel for transportation and electricity through pipelines. These zealots represent maybe 5% of the population, yet they’re dictating policy for all of us, and driving up our costs, especially for the working poor.

    #111
  112. Edward Hines

    Rep.Young, who was visibly angry, countered by saying, “I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you’re in that chair. You just be quiet.”

    “I’ll call you anything I want to call you”? This guy represents you is that correct Republicans? What a classless, elitist, little bird dropping this Rep. Young is. this guy and Palin make Alaska look as dumb, ignorant and elitist as Perry, Bush and some of the right wingers that post on here make Texas look.

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  113. S3

    A history prof. and a politician…hmm. Now we know what happens when an unstoppable delusion meets an immovable idiocy.

    #113
  114. Darryl

    I’m sure Dr. Brinkley is careful to remember who pays his salary when a student speaks up in class.

    #114
  115. Rhonda

    I wonder who pays his!?!

    #115
  116. ALASKAN CONGRESSMAN INSULTING OUR RICE U. PROFESSOR ??? AND JUST WHAT CAN ANYONE EXPECT FROM A “SARAH PALIN IGNORANT ALASKAN HILLBILLY ????”

    #116
  117. Bob D.

    Start drilling at ANWR! This country can’t be held at hostage by nut cases who think we’ll lose the environment just cuz you’re extracting oil. Look at Saudi Arabia, they’ve been pumping oil for decades and they still have their desert.

    #117
  118. tonybot

    The Republican gentleman from Alaska is nothing but a lap dog for big oil

    #118
  119. Random

    ok… I know the knock on the community college was a little unprofessional, but was anyone looking at the girl behind Mr.Young? She goes from “nose-picking bored” to “OMG! Something crazy just went down!” with just her eyes in the span of about 10 seconds.

    #119
  120. James

    Just another left wing nut rice professor…wouldn’t know a fact if it bite him in the rear….another lib that has nev er worked a day in its life.

    #120
  121. XLIBERALFOOL

    The congressman works for the Alaskan voters, not some professor at some professor at Rice.

    #121
  122. gordon

    It’s stupid that congress allowed the flaming commie Brinkly to waste time in the first place.

    #122
  123. Custer

    A history professor who wrote a book on Alaska is no expert. What an embarrassing moment for Rice U. One of the main benefactors for Rice was George R. Brown and he made virtually all of his money in the Oil Business. If Mr. Brown were still around, this professor might find himself looking for a job.

    #123
  124. TXSFRED

    Leftist so-called intellectuals with tenure are holding this nation hostage with Arab oil. I have known several graduates of Rice University and they were and are all very intelligent people – but I have only known one who did not have an uncontrolled attitude that can be described ” Me heap big intellect turning at 10,000 rpm. You are an insipid slug who is so dumb you can’t get out of you own way to urinate.”

    I have met engineers from there. They are all in some side pocket job. My two most knowledgable and effective bosses, however, were from UH and Lamar Tech.

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  125. Greg

    Why is a history professor giving testimony about drilling in ANWR?

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  126. Indianpaintbrush

    Ah, the battle of the arrogant, I see. They both seem to have over-inflated egos, BUT I have lived in Alaska and Don Young is a good congressman for his area. Also, Dr. RICE ( take that you fool!), if he knows what he is talking about, has to admit that ANWR is for the most part, a desolate area. The amount of land that would be used for drilling is small compared to the overall size of the refuge.

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  127. Indianpaintbrush

    I wonder just who does the Prof thinks pays the bulk of his salary?

    #127
  128. Indianpaintbrush

    I just love all the comments dissing Young when it’s fairly obvious that many have no idea just what he is all about…..

    #128
  129. westsidewolf1989

    @Dollar. Brinkley is an expert in historical conservation and is the pre-eminent presidential historian, having written books considering early 20th century presidents’ (such as Teddy Roosevelt) drive to establish national parks and wildlife refuges.

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  130. westsidewolf1989

    @Darryl. I’m assuming you haven’t ever taken a class with Dr. Brinkley. I have and he continually challenges students to disagree with his historical arguments. Brinkley’s Rice salary is just a small part of his actual income. I agree that a lot of professors are deluded and self-centered, but Brinkley is anything but some ignorant professor.

    #130
  131. XLIBERALFOOL

    *not some professor at Rice*

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  132. RememberTheFifth

    Go get ‘em, Prof Brinkley. It’s about time someone reminded these stuck up, out of line political scum that they are public servants, not demigods. It’s exactly that attitude of “I’ll treat you how I want because I’m in a position of power” that we need to prune from Congressional seats. Especially since most of them know NOTHING and are simply pandering to their equally ignorant base. The right is particularly guilty of this (see: Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann…and that’s just recently).

    #132
  133. Irek

    And I just wonder who pays the professor’s salary – bet that some State and Fed funds are involved. Does it mean thathe is also a public servant???
    By the way is he tenured – cannot be fired regardless of performance.

    #133
  134. George

    While i do appreciate calling out a member of congress regardless of policial party (TERM LIMIT THEM ALL!), Brinkley is a history professor, and his claim to work in “the privite sector” is only substanciated because Rice is a privite university. But the facts are, ANWAR is a postage stamp in a vast area, is a ‘mud flat’ plain. The media paints a lie about the area as being pristine.

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  135. Michael R. Wimberly

    Dr. Brinkley I can understand you being ticked off because you deserve to be addressed by your name, but just as Rep Young was out of line with his snide attack on you and your work you did not particularly gracious by saying “I know you went to Yuba (Community) College…”. Obviously you were implying the superior status of Rice University and yours as a Professor of that Institute.

    Iv’e seen you on TV before and your body language and delivery style comes over argumentative. Perhaps a course in communications skills at H.C.C. would be of benefit to you. Unless of course Rice offers similarly helpful real world courses. I strongly suspect you went there for a fight and got exactly what you wanted.

    #135
  136. matt

    Bravo professor…I am a conservative and not completely against drilling in the ANWR but I find members of the House of Representatives (both parties) to be some of the least intelligent people on the face of the planet (Maxine Waters anyone?)…which isn’t surprising considering they reflect the electorate.

    Correction to the author of this story: unless the representative is from Alabama, he should be R-AK, not AL.

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  137. theallknowingone

    Look at all the RWNJs backing this classless act by one of their own. Absolutely disgusting display by the right and good for the professor.

    #137
  138. Hotshot007

    While I FAVOR drilling the ANWR,and the rest of the Arctic and the oceans.

    Still this congressman and his 434 fellows and the 100 senators are corrupt, idiots.

    What an idiot

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  139. Michael R. Wimberly

    Historianess, “courtesy is as courtesy does” let me see, I think that was Forest Gump 1994.

    Did it ever occur to you that Representative Young views outsiders messing with land that is in the State he represents as a serious mater. Fact is our Federal Government acts against the best interest of not only American Natives, but States that have large amounts of their land owned by the Government. So to them and the folks Young represents it is personal. The Feds do it because THEY CAN!

    And may I suggest you are misinterpreting Brinkley’s intentions of pointing out the name of the school Young attended. Intellectual snobbery has no shame!

    #139
  140. Don

    Dollar, It’s not their house nor is it their turf. The house and turf belong to the people. As for their rules, it was evident that servant Young was not abiding by the rules. His condescending and belligerent attitude started the exchange.

    #140
  141. GOLFRFISH

    Agreed, needs to be drilling in this part of Alaska.
    The Rice U professor needs to realize that these panels before congress are meant only to humiliate the invitees, as they cannot respond within their rules.

    Thats why executives, etc. plead the 5th amendment when they appear before congress; it is hard to maintain one’s composure while being insulted and attacked by these elected buffoons.

    Again, I dont agree with Professor “Rice’s” opinion, however, I respect congress a lot less.

    #141
  142. 42

    Face it: Republicans just candle handle truth!

    #142
  143. BenEHana

    FYI: The Congressman should be referenced as Rep. Don Young, R-AK. AL is the abbreviation for Alabama. I lived in Alaska for six years and as any postal employee up there will tell you, it’s a common mistake for Lower 48-ers. But journalists need get it right, especially if you write about the nation’s oil industry.

    Also, Don Young has absolutely no room to talk about being respectful. All politics aside, this man is a complete embarrassment to any sense of decorum among members of Congress. He is crude, crass and grossly uneducated. Some of his career highlights include “flipping the bird” to a fellow member of Congress while giving a speech on the House floor and using an obscenity referring to anal sex while talking to a group of high school students at their school. I could go on and on about disrespectful incidents involving Don Young.

    #143
  144. Brinkley might have added that the chair Young refers to is also owned by the taxpayer and not Young. Don’t necessarily agree with Brinkley’s position but Young is a jive arse jerk but.

    #144
  145. Tim

    Well, the sad thing is those in congress do not think they work for the taxpayers. They are working for their special interest groups.

    #145
  146. Tim

    I admire that this proffesor stands up to a bully. That man has courage.

    #146
  147. Glenn Beak

    When the Deepwater Horizon spill was at it’s worst Young said ““This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a national phenomena. Oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it.”

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  148. DeeGee

    It’s a tiny, tiny spot near the sea that is what all this hubbub is about. ANWR is HUGE, I mean gigantic, and the tiny area that will be drilled is not in any way going to affect the environment of ANWR.

    I have no idea what the agenda is of the people so damn against the US not being dependent on foreign oil. Please dont give me the “green technology” stuff. That is a good fifty years away – if not, well great.
    In the meantime, the US has to get out from the yoke of foreign oil.

    Our ecomony is driven by it; like it or not. I’d prefer to have ANWR open up and send oil to the lower 48 than keep borrowing $ from the Chinese to buy Middle East oil. BEst thing would be for the Gulf to open back up.

    Just dont let BP back in there. They have the worst safety record around.

    #148
  149. oldcheme

    Aside from the heated exchange Houston Chronicle, what was his reasoning for prohibiting ANWR drilling? How about some content, rather than just sensationalism. Would we even be hearing about this issue if there wasn’t a controversy?

    Did the professor walk to Washington to give testimony, or did he fly using thousands of pounds of Jet A in the process. What is the professor’s alternative to ANWR oil? Horse & Buggy, Electric & nuke’s, Hope & Change?

    #149
  150. Mark

    Bravo, Professor Brinkley! I am proud that Rice has the confidence to have people like Douglas Brinkley on the faculty, and that the Baker Institute has the wisdom to include Dr. Brinkley as a senior fellow. Rep. Young represents no one more than the special interests who fund his campaign, so of course he was furious that anyone would call him on such hypocrisy. As long as someone on a Congressional panel is treated respectfully, no matter what his views, then he owes the members his respect. But once Young begin his insults, Brinkley was honor-bound to stand up to this kind of bullying. Young is, indeed, paid by citizens. Unfortunately, he is also paid by the oil and gas industry …. and that’s really the problem.

    #150
  151. ItsMine

    Don’t you just wanna hug this professor?

    And, it’s a great thing about academic freedom.

    #151
  152. Ladn_of_the_free

    In the midst of the media euphoria on this, it should be pointed out that unless Brinkley is an Alaska taxpayer, Congressman Young does not work for Brinkley.

    #152
  153. Patricia

    Professor Brinkley hit it out of the ballpark. Good for him! Let’s all follow his example and remind our public servants who they work for!

    #153
  154. Ray

    Brinkley is not a scientist, he teaches history. He got his PhD in U.S. Diplomatic History. He’s also an Obama supporter, meaning he’s hardly objective.

    #154
  155. jaycee

    Dollar
    November 21, 2011, 8:24 AM

    Well, was the professor’s testimony ” garbage ” ?

    What is the professor’s expertise ?

    Its not unthinkable, that ” experts ” in the lower 48 think they know more about Alaska than the people who live there, pretty common, actually. Especially when it comes to oil production.

    —————————————————————————

    You do realize that the largest oil refinery in the US is 30 miles east of Houston? Over half a million barrels are refined each day at the Baytown ExxonMobil Refinery. So saying that people in the lower 48 know nothing about oil production really makes you look ignorant.

    Did you know that the Barbers Hill Salt Dome(Mont Belvieu) just north of Baytown is the largest salt dome on the gulf coast? Now since you know so much about oil production why would having the largest salt dome on the gulf coast be important to an oil company?

    #155
  156. The Congressman was being an arrogant —- and deserved to be called on it. Good for Dr. Brinkley, who is a well-known historian, widely respected (and rightly so) for his authoritative biography of Teddy Roosevelt and associated work on American land use and conservation.

    #156
  157. FreedomRide

    Attaboy, professor.

    #157
  158. Long Tall Texan

    Representative Young is a blowhard who is bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry. What Young does for the oil industry is akin to prostitution. Young is also an insufferable bully, so I’m glad that Professor Brinkley set him straight. Young finally ran into someone that he couldn’t intimidate. Brinkley has more intelligence than Young could ever hope to have. Representative Young is living proof of the old adage that: “You can’t fix stupid!”

    #158
  159. manx

    Don Young has been in Congress way too long. The arrogance of the idiot was palpable” “I’ll call you anything I want” Who does he think he is? Idiot

    #159
  160. jaycee

    SgtDave
    November 21, 2011, 10:57 AM

    I too took offence to the condescending remark from eletist Dr. Brinkly about community colleges. My comment on that is that it is too bad that most of us don’t have the resources to attend schools like Rice and many of the students who do probably get government loans and grants to do that. Dr. Brinkly may work for the private sector but universities do still rely on government largesse to stay in operation and continue to boost their fees way beyond inflation.
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    Sorry but you might want to look up exactly how Rice operates. Rice is a private university that is very selective of who the university accepts for admittance. Rice’s current endowment of over $4.5 billion coupled with roughly 3000 undergraduates allows the university itself to pay for most of the $17,000 per semester tuition.

    I will agree with you that community colleges are more than adequate for an individual to get a college education especially in Texas. In Brinkley’s defense any individual who earns a PhD in History deserves a lot of respect. As a species humans have a really long history.

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  161. ReligionIsForTheWeak

    That community college dropout Republican is exactly what is wrong with politics today. It used to be our leaders were educated, polite, and both demanded and gave respect. Now days you have the Tea Party mentality of trying to shout down and belittle those who disagree with you.

    That DB asks a Historian and a professor to come to give his opinion and then calls it garbage to the professors name and calls him by a different name and then his Republican buddy has the gall to talk about rules of the hearing??? As soon as Young called it garbage, the gloves came off. And then the coward walked out of the room.

    #161
  162. Sarah M

    The U.S. belongs to all Americans. Alaskans may be most closely affected by what happens in Alaska, but that doesn’t mean Alaskans are the only ones who have a say about what happens in Alaska. Should only American residents that live adjacent to the Grand Canyon or other national monuments/treasures be the ones who can get to decide what happens to them? I don’t think so.

    #162
  163. Joe Navy - Pearland

    He does own you fool.. Look out here comes the Fmr Govenator “Sarah Palin”…. LOL He was trying to sell his book, just get a tv deal for interviews then sell his book….

    #163
  164. Danger_Kitty

    Who Cares Ppppppppppphhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtttttttttttttttttttttt

    #164
  165. Brazos County Person

    Dr. Rice (aka Brinkley) can’t seem to keep a job. How long has he been at Rice? Last year he was at Tulane. He stays at a school for 1-2 years until he is “run off” and the good ol’ boy professor system hires him somewhere else.

    He is a hired gun for the liberals and you can’t believe a word he says.

    #165
  166. Jim

    If you’ve ever watched the House Natural Resources Sub-Committee, you know that Waxman and Markey are two very arrogant liberal anti-oil congressmen who do their best to undermine the testimony of expert witnesses. What upset them more than anything during the BP Deep Water Horizon hearings was that Tony Hayward would not speculate; that really made those two come unglued. I am not saying that Dr. Brinkley is an expert in this case. Young is pro-oil and he should be since his state depends on oil for 80% of its revenue and economy. This was bound to have a bad outcome.

    #166
  167. Trey

    Don Young be damned.

    #167
  168. Brazos, Dr. Brinkley has been teaching at Rice since 2007; he left Tulane after Hurricane Katrina.

    #168
  169. Realist

    Well said, professor.

    #169
  170. Realist

    Brazos County Person: You need to do a little more research and get your facts straight.

    #170
  171. Helen

    Most of you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Some arrogant Rice professor who has no credentials whatsoever as an expert on ANWR or Alaska policy goes to Washington, picks a fight, then acts all beligerent because someone got his name wrong? Sounds to me like Rice might be getting just a little too liberal for my taste if they employ left-wing liberals like this guy.

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  172. Dave in Houston

    Dr. Rice of Brinkley University sounds like a typical patronizing academic twit and I had to endure a fair number of them in college. He could become an enduring symbol of what is so wrong with the higher education today. They are good at making money by doing absolutely nothing except talk and pose. Typical of the bunch, a real fraud with health benefits.

    Expertise? Nonsense, just offering pablum in book form.

    Drill baby drill in ANWR. It’s just a little patch of frozen nothing with a lot of oil under it.

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  173. A-Z

    Rice is private institition you bunch of know nothing baboons!

    #173
  174. Dennis Murphy

    Hey squid. Brinkley is a PHD. What are your credentials? It appears if your brain were put on the edge of a razor blade, it would look like a BB going down a four-lane highway. Happy Thanksgiving!

    #174
  175. jaycee

    Drill baby drill in ANWR. It’s just a little patch of frozen nothing with a lot of oil under it.

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    And get a roughly 10 cent drop in gas prices. The study was done by the oil companies last year. The only reason the oil companies want to drill in alaska is because the profit margins will be through the roof with the current price of oil. What the oil company execs do not realize is a time will come when the only oil remaining is the oil in the ANWR and then oil will be $5000 or higher a barrel. Unlimited wants with limited resources guarantees it.

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  176. It is time Congress members where reminded about who pays their salary. They are supposed to be representatives of the voters and not Dictators. At a hearing the Congress member should not be speaking to the people back home while he is on TV. The hearing is for the benefit of the Congress gaining knowledge from the people who testify. They should use and open minded approach to the testimony of those invited to the hearing. They do not need to try to change the mind of the person testifying. It is the Congress members who should be listening. It is a wonder they have a 9% approval rating.

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  177. RO

    Helen

    November 22, 2011, 2:30 PM

    Most of you don’t have a clue what you are talking about. Some arrogant Rice professor who has no credentials whatsoever as an expert on ANWR or Alaska policy goes to Washington, picks a fight, then acts all beligerent because someone got his name wrong? Sounds to me like Rice might be getting just a little too liberal for my taste if they employ left-wing liberals like this guy.
    ====================================
    Sounds like you’ve been listening to Rush Limbaugh lately. Get off the Kool-aid.

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  178. RO

    Congressman Young is a Socialist living off the taxpayer. It is the job of politicians to listen to the taxpayer, NOT the other way around. So shut up congressman Young. You Leach!

    #178
  179. RO

    Dave in Houston

    November 22, 2011, 3:38 PM

    Dr. Rice of Brinkley University sounds like a typical patronizing academic twit and I had to endure a fair number of them in college. He could become an enduring symbol of what is so wrong with the higher education today. They are good at making money by doing absolutely nothing except talk and pose. Typical of the bunch, a real fraud with health benefits.

    Expertise? Nonsense, just offering pablum in book form.

    Drill baby drill in ANWR. It’s just a little patch of frozen nothing with a lot of oil under it.
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    Sounds like you got your education from the School of Rush Limbaugh! Have you forgotten to take your meds lately. You know, the ones that Rush stole illegally.

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  180. RO

    Congressman Young gets free healthcare courtesy of the taxpayer. What a Socialist!

    #180
  181. Jim S

    Rice is a private university. As a general rule the government does not underwrite history departments. Science and technical research, yes. It’s interesting that not one of the people attacking Dr. Brinkley considers that he was probably just pointing out that he knows the difference between Rep. Young’s name and the name of the schools he attended. It’s also obvious that few of the posters understand how a good historian does their job and that Dr. Brinkley is, in fact, a very good historian. They do research. They dig out original documents concerning their research. Brinkley wasn’t there to testify about the technical and scientific aspects of ANWR drilling but the history of ANWR and what made it worth preserving in the minds of those who created it.

    In addition when thinking of drilling in ANWR try to get those facts straight. First, there are not decades worth of huge reserves there. Profitable, yes. Enough to make a noticeable difference in oil prices, no. Also, that oil probably isn’t coming to the lower 48. It’s most likely fate is to enter the world market via Japan and South Korea. And when considering the impact of exploration and drilling on ANWR it is not only the area being drilled that has to be considered. There are the roads that must be built to reach the exploratory wells until they find the right place to drill. Then there are additional roads to bring in more equipment , workers and their shelter. Then there is the pipeline to transport the oil to the coast for transport to refineries. One of the greatest objections brought up by those opposing drilling there is that the actual return to the public just isn’t that great compared to the effects on the environment in a protected wilderness. It’s great for the oil company but not nearly as beneficial for the nation.

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  182. Tom Jefferson

    And is this “professor” claiming that his salary is NOT paid by taxpayers
    and that Rice University does NOT receive taxpayer funding ??? College Professors belong in the same barrel of scum as does our Congressmen..

    #182
  183. juanito

    It appeared to be a tit for tat exchange. The rep did not need to say “garbage.” That was rude. I think “Mr Rice” was honest mistake. The professor’s reference to the rep’s junior college was undoubtedly a display of arrogant elitism which disgusts me to no end. You see, the smarty professor went to “Haaaaaavard,” no, actually it was Georgetown. But you get my point. Also, the professor appeared to say the rep did not graduate from the junior college. Is that false statement, made under oath perjury, or is it slander? The good professor was being an academic “bully” in his own right. And invoking Senator Joseph McCarthy is a typical leftwing screed. Ever read the the Venona papers, professor?

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  184. Professor, I was so proud of you. Thanks for standing up to a “bully” and showing the rest of us how it’s done.

    #184
  185. ed hobbs

    The dishonerable rep from Alaska is the type of person I love to see get the crap beat out of him. These congressman are powers unto themselves. They have no respect for us and it shows.

    #185
  186. Bill

    Evil_Liberal
    November 21, 2011, 12:13 PM
    @B Jones
    “But you contribute willingly to their web-hits thereby promoting the Chron’s value to advertisers. Well done. Your noble outrage is duly noted.”
    ————-
    Not even close. Not subscribing affects their print sales and is a huge hit on their profits. The advertising sales are only part of the profits, and there are other sources as well.

    #186