Rep Don Young, Douglas Brinkley heated argument during ANWR House hearing goes viral (Video)

By on Nov 23, 2011 in Environment, International, Politics, United States Comments

Alaska Rep Don Young and historian Douglas Brinkley had a heated argument during the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) House hearing on Friday, November 18, 2011, as shown in the video.

Alaska Rep Don Young, during the
ANWR House hearing

Image Credit: YouTube/C-Span

As noted at various US news sites, the Rep Don Young vs Douglas Brinkley exchange of words started when the Republican lawmaker misstated the latter’s surname and noted that his testimony a “garbage” during the televised hearing.

Douglas Brinkley, author of the new book “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom 1879-1960“, testified at a Natural Resources Committee meeting about the effects of drilling in the refuge.

Mr. Brinkley wanted President Obama to grant the ANWR monument, to be named after President Eisenhower, who played a major role in the wildlife range creation, which would also prevent drilling efforts for oil and gas in that area.

On the other hand, Rep Don Young opposes the idea and trouble began when he called Brinkley as Mr. Rice and noted that his recommendation is “garbage”. Below is a part of their argument.

“…I will tell you if you ever want to see an exercise in futility, it’s this hearing. That side’s already made up its mind. This side has already made up its mind. And I call it garbage, Dr. Rice, that comes from the mouth…” Rep. Don Young said.

Dr. Brinkley. Rice is a university. I know you went to Yuba College and you couldn’t graduate.” Brinkley said, interrupting the Republican lawmaker.

“I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you sit in that chair. You just be quiet.” Rep Don Young said, apparently getting upset with Brinkley.

“You don’t own me, I pay your salary.” Brinkley answered back and Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings tried to break in but the historian interrupted, “I work for the private sector and you work for the taxpayer.”

Finally, Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings breaks in and reminded Brinkley that he should follow the rules and replied yes. Rep Don Young continued but expressed his disappointment over the book author.

“We’re the ones who ask the questions, and you’re the one who answers the questions. Boy, I’m really pissed right now.” Rep Don Young said.

Rep Don Young vs Douglas Brinkley heated argument
Video Credit: keepalaskawild/YouTube/C-Span

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