Green is environmentalism, not conservation. Recycling is conservation, something almost forgotten today despite conservation being dominant until the 1980s. Green means using multiple times the resources and energy of doing something the standard way. It normally means many times the pollution as well, when manufacturing and maintenance are factored in. Examples are solar and large-scale windpower, both of which consume enormous resources in their manufacture, produce tremendous amounts of pollution in their manufacture, and are net energy losses when the manufacturing and maintenance are counted.
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