'Clean Coal" Button

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.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .33 cm x 5.4 cm; 1/8 in x 2 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object