I “met” Ezra Klein a number of years ago when he regularly appeared as a commentator on MSNBC. He impressed me. He was calm, deeply intelligent, with a view of politics on a plane separate from everyone else’s. He caused me to think.
I’ve never considered him as particularly funny, but this, from his New York Times column on Texas’s climate and political disaster, made me laugh:
[Texas Governor Greg] Abbott was lying — the Green New Deal hasn’t passed, and the largest drop in electricity generation came from frozen natural gas and coal lines, not frozen wind turbines — but fact-checking his statement is like trying to knock the moon from the sky with a Wiffle bat.
Oh, and the way he started the column…
A few months back, because I really know how to live, I spent a night reading “The Green Swan: Central banking and financial stability in the age of climate change.”