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Miller, T. (2017) Green. In: Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment. Fordham University, pp. 178-181.


Green can signify displeasure, even disgust. For example, “he turned green” or “it is indefensible to have green lawns in Los Angeles.” But the term is more complex than that. It is simultaneously serene, beneficial, disturbing, corrupted, radical, and conservative: green consumption, green certification, new (green) deal, and greenwashing. When I typedgreeninto a partially coal-fired search engine, the first entry to pop up was Greenpeace’s website.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the wordpollutionwas in vogue to explain environmental hazards. It was everywhere, yet localizable. The problems it described occurred when particular waterways, neighborhoods, or...

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Publisher: Fordham University
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