When egos collide: Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) gets into a pissing match with noted author and historian Douglas Brinkley…at a congressional hearing about drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Young — who is currently the target of an ethics investigation, again — has a bit of a reputation on the Hill as a pro-corporate, pork-loving lefty-hater:
He was instrumental in the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Rolling Stone quoted him as saying “Environmentalists are a self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots” who “are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”
He downplayed the BP spill by saying that “oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it…”
When his party asked him to forgo some earmarks so the money could be used to rebuild New Orleans, he reportedly said that Katrina victims “can kiss my ear!”
So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he hated on a college professor who might actually know something about something.
Animal ethicists are calling for a new vocabulary about animals, shunning words such as “pets,” “wildlife,” and “vermin” as derogatory and even suggesting “animal” is a “term of abuse.”
Common language on fauna betrays an “anthropocentric bias” and impedes an understanding of our interaction with the non-human species sharing the planet, argue the editors of the first academic journal dedicated to animal ethics in their debut issue.