"Safe Energy" Button

Description
The menace of air pollution and global warming proved a potent motivating force for groups advocating renewable energy sources. The benign nature of wind power became another selling point, especially after the 1979 reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island raised widespread concern about the safety of nuclear power generation.
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 4.2 cm; 1/8 in x 1 21/32 in
ID Number
2003.0014.0398
accession number
2003.0014
catalog number
2003.0014.0398
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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