It starts when Young called Brinkley “Dr. Rice.” (whether it was a mistake remains to be seen)…
“It’s Dr. Brinkley, Rice University is a university,” Brinkley responded. “I know you went to Yuba (Community) College … ”
An angry Young then said, “I’ll call you anything I want to call you when you in that chair. You just be quiet.”
Brinkley didn’t bat an eye.
“You don’t own me,” he said. “I pay your salary. I work for the private sector and you work for the taxpayer.”
At that moment, Committee Chairman Doc Hasting (R-Wash.) broke up the heated argument.
Brinkley, a history professor at Rice (one of the nation’s most prestigious schools), wrote "The Quiet World," about protecting the Alaskan wilderness. He also penned a guest column for The New York Times seeking to protect the land surrounding Arizona's Grand Canyon.
Go to the 31-minute mark to see the exchange.