Thursday, January 05, 2006

In aftermath of 60 Minutes, Kusky is still an idiot.

Kusky, an endowed professor of natural science, teaches courses on plate tectonics, the early history of the Earth and on natural hazards and disasters. He made headlines in the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Nov. 22 after an appearance on CBS "60 Minutes." In that program, Kusky said New Orleans is sinking and that it should not be rebuilt.

Since then, Kusky said, there’s been more time to assess what happened and that support for his position is growing.

"It’s clear New Orleans is not going to be the same," he said. "Estimates range that half" the city’s population "will go back. Now, one quarter have gone back. We need to be looking at rebuilding in a wiser way and not putting people in an area that is most at risk."

"Many of the e-mails I’ve had from people there are from scientists who are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation from others down there," Kusky added in an e-mail message. "But the science must be heard to protect the people and their property."

Right, we retaliate against scientists all the time, "down here." Well, we do call scientists who pontificate on national television outgside of their field of experitse "idiots."

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