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Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Posted: November 20, 2005 11:53 AM

Louisiana vs. "60"


Today's New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana Gov. Blanco's office has asked CBS to withhold that "60 Minutes" report, scheduled for tonight, that paints such a gloomy picture of New Orleans' future in an era of global warming. Money quote:

(The) letter was attached to a letter from Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, strongly disputing Kusky's conclusions and raising questions about (60 Minutes source professor Tim) Kusky's credentials.

"Quick research reveals that Prof. Kusky's expertise is in ophiolites, rock sequences that formed on the oceanic edge of tectonic plates, in the Archean eon about 3 billion years ago," Boesch's letter states.

He criticized some of Kusky's writing as being no better than "an undergraduate paper" that he would give a low grade.