'Clean Coal" Button

Description
Coal-fired power plants came under mounting public health and environmental criticisms during the late 20th century. In their self-defense, utilities and mining interests argued that “clean coal” technologies would allow them to mitigate various power-plant emissions, including the capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide. As this pin contends, these advanced technologies would enable the generation of both clean and (relatively) inexpensive electric power.
The button is among the more than 1,500 pin-backed environmental buttons that Gerald H. Meral donated to the National Museum of American History. Meral spent his career addressing natural resource concerns for the California state government and California-based non-governmental organizations. He began assembling his button collection in 1970.
Object Name
button
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .33 cm x 5.4 cm; 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in
ID Number
2003.0014.0384
accession number
2003.0014
catalog number
2003.0014.0384
subject
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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