In a Name

Names, what’s in ’em? Dunno. Some just seem niftier than others.

Barack Obama obviously has a higher cool-quotient these days than Barry Dunham. Though Barry Soetoro, the name our President  puportedly used in Indonesia, has a little rock-star zip. But that’s not why I’m writing this, to dog-paddle out into those murky, birth-certificate infested waters.

No, it’s basically just to thank Arts and Letters Daily for helping me find this site, where you can read stuff written by people with names like these:

Lucian Bebchuk
Dominique Moisi
Nuriel Roubini
Shashi Tharoor
Mansoor Mouddel

Now, I don’t know anything about these people but, just based on their monikers, I think they’re worth checking out.

Take, for instance, Bjorn Lomborg, who should have one of those cool slashes through his “o” (only I don’t know how to make WordPress do that).  Anyway, listen to him cut into people with names, puh-leeze, like Gore and Waxman:

… the hundreds of new power plants that will be opened in China and India in the coming years could lift a billion people out of poverty. Negating this outcome through a moratorium is clearly no unmitigated good.

Likewise, reasonable people can differ on their interpretation of the Waxman-Markey bill. Even if we set aside its masses of pork-barrel spending, and analyses that show it may allow more emissions in the US for the first decades, there are more fundamental problems with this legislation.

At a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars annually, it will have virtually no impact on climate change. If all of the bill’s many provisions were entirely fulfilled, economic models show that it would reduce the temperature by the end of the century by 0.11°C (0.2°F) – reducing warming by less than 4%.

Even if every Kyoto-obligated country passed its own, duplicate Waxman-Markey bills – which is implausible and would incur significantly higher costs – the global reduction would amount to just 0.22°C (0.35°F) by the end of this century. The reduction in global temperature would not be measurable in a hundred years, yet the cost would be significant and payable now.

A billion people left in poverty.

A cost of hundreds of billions annually.

Virtually no impact on climate change.

Slash, slash, slash.

Like Zorro. Who had a cool name… and a cool mask too.


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