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Green: the new black

Original post made on Oct 6, 2011

All four of the ancient elements were covered at Pleasanton's Green Scene Fair on Thursday: purifiers for air and water, earth-friendly garden design and fire in the form of solar-powered everything. And while these events have typically been the natural environment for the Birkenstock crowd, more and more are coming out for a different kind of green: cash.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:39 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

"The new black"?

Would someone like to explain this one?

"The new black"?

Jeez. . .

Mike


Posted by Nope, a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Green is also the color of slime and phlegm...which are of the same value as investments in 'green' energy.


Posted by Main Street Jay Walker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

The new black is the classic way of saying a trend is "avant garde chic", "in", "cool", "gotta have it to be in the IN CROWD". Traditional associative marketing. Remember the blonde standing by the new 59 Chevy? Or the Marlboro man and his smokes?

That's not saying that green isn't cool, but it certainly isn't the new black (the New Yorker swing set, appletini, cool that is)

My be would be to make being green a better financial bet. That means better technology, lowered expectations and the fact that changing the usage habits of mass energy markets is one heck of a challenge.


Posted by Never Green, a resident of Valley Trails
on Oct 7, 2011 at 8:40 am

Green is the new "Red" as in the trending "socialist" "communist" "gotta be with IN CROWD" "Occupy Wall Steet, SF, Chicago, etc." Nothing like a little government coercion and "picking the winners" "Solyndra" to get the wheels of commerce moving or insist "Fairness" over "millionaires and billionaires" while subverting "Liberty" "individual freedom" "FREE enterprise" "patriotism"


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Oct 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

From a purely capitalistic perspective, it's nice to see people starting businesses (any business, these days) and using some ingenuity to attempt to be successful (maybe even become one of the dreaded 1% some day). However, the govt should not involve itself is picking their favorites and funding them with our money.

From practical side, green is not practical or convenient. Solar panels are inefficient, expensive and ugly to look at. Same with wind power. The notion that America should return to the stone age in order to please self-righteous elitists who are the only ones who can afford these experiments, is ludicris.
Maybe these projects wiil be viable when we finally run out of coal, oil and nuclear materials, but not in our lifetimes.


Posted by All, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

Doing and trying all in a timely manner is needed to keep the American economy viable. However, we must use more nuclear, natural gas, shale, hydro, geo, everything....while green dreams are being perfected to point of 'sufficient' supplies. Greens must be honest with themselves and more importantly with us...that will not be happening this decade or next! So, stop blocking all the more traditional power sources. It's very dangerous blocking viable supplies, thinking that somehow will create more green....it won't. That is anti-American thinking....only making America weak, vunerable, and in jeopardy. We must keep meeting our demands, until green dreams become viable enough to meet our needs.
On Pleasanton's front, we must be alert to people and leadership who are ready to use dictatorial tactics to 'force' us into a very costly experiment in genuine central planning. Ears open, eyes forward. We are not experimental lab rats.


Posted by Patriot, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

steve, I would say that nuclear is "green" power. I'd also say that solar is useful now, but as a supplement, not a replacement for nuclear.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

White can be the new Black.
Asian can be the new Black.
Hispanic can be the New Black.

But "Green" as the new Black is an embarrassing misuse of an incredibly clever socio-cultural statement.

Sheesh!

Mike


Posted by None of the Above, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

@ Mike,

Incredibly clever socio-cultural statement my Aunt Hattie.

It's not black as in skin color, it's black as in the classic LBD (Little Black Dress).



Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

None of the Above,

I'd agree if the comment were "Green is the new LBD."

Mike


Posted by Jim van dyke, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

It was a good event. Next year we need more resources to help people begin to move by bike or foot rather than just cars.

Nice intro on that article!


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