Douglas Brinkley is one grand American mind. A historian at Rice University, Brinkley has plowed like a work horse in probably the widest range possible for one man: he is the authorized biographer of both Jack Kerouac and Rosa Parks, he has edited Kerouac's Journals, Ronald Reagan's Diaries, and published books on Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Hunter S. Thompson. Quite a crew.
Watch below Douglas Brinkley and others speak on the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against the monstrous odds of oil companies. Hang with it, Brinkley gets dissed (at roughly 31 minutes on the screen), by grumpy Republican disgrunts impatient with any conversation or meditation regarding preservation.
Imagine, this is an American congressman Rep. Don Young (Alaska), paid by taxpayers (including you, me and Mr. Brinkley) barking at Professor Brinkley by calling him "Professor Rice" from "Garbage University"(?) along with "elitist group", "ivory tower" et al. and demanding this guest on the panel "Be quiet".
Occupy the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
update April 22, 2012:
photo: vanity fair
arctic national wildlife refuge