I’ve watched with some trepidation as folks in the energy policy world have laughed off the “energy efficiency is fascism” business bubbling up on the right. The fact that it’s outlandish on the merits doesn’t mean it can’t take off and substantially alter public perception. The country’s feeling insecure and anxious, and that means easy prey for demagogues. This mash-up from Jonathan McIntosh makes the point with brilliant, hilarious clarity (it will no doubt be bullied or litigated off the internet pretty soon, so watch it while you can):

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FWIW, McIntosh says the video “constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.” I’d looove to see Disney or Beck go after this in court. It would get it tons of publicity, and that can only be a good thing.

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