"Safe Energy" Button

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.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .33 cm x 4.2 cm; 1/8 in x 1 21/32 in
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Government, Politics, and Reform
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
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National Museum of American History


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