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# What is the opposite of "Green"?11

## What is the opposite of "Green"?

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The environmental movement has usurped the word "Green" to mean "environmentally sensitive" much as male homosexuals have usurped the word "gay" to refer to a male homosexual. I was looking back on a lifetime of projects that have made real, measurable impact on energy consumption and on the reduction of pollution and wondered what doing something about the environment should be called.

My projects have lowered energy consumption by something on the order of 40 MW, with an average life of 20 years you get 7 million MW-hr. That is about the same savings you would have driving a Prius instead of a Land Rover LR4 4X109 miles. Most Engineers that I know can point to similar energy savings over their careers. But many of us vehemently don't identify with the "green movement".

That being said, I drive a Land Rover LR4, so does my wife. We find all of the tenets of the "green movement" to be abhorrent posturing by wannabe posers. I disagree with their goals. I disagree with their tactics. I disagree with their "solutions". I really disagree with their "science".

So what do I call myself. "Anti-Green" has taken the connotation that you are against conservation and pollution control, just like being a Republican has taken on the connotation of "radical Christian". All the primary colors are taken by someone else. Most of the color mixtures with quick, easy names (like pink or gray) are taken. Anyone have an idea of a name for people who do something significant about the environment and conservation instead of spending resources printing signs? "Engineer" works, but it is also taken.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

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"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

How can you possibly claim that you "...disagree with their goals" when you had just bragged that your "...projects have lowered energy consumption by something on the order of 40 MW, with an average life of 20 years you get 7 million MW-hr"? I can understand you not agreeing with their "tactics" or their "solutions", and perhaps even their "science" (although I suspect that they would argue that it was NOT THIER SCIENCE, as science is science, whether one agrees with it or not). But to claim that you disagree with their "goals", that's just plain silliness.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

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No it is not silliness at all. I was contracted by the API a couple of years ago to write the industry response to a new environmental regulation. As I read through thousands of pages of formal comments from the e-NGO's their Goals became very clear--punish industry. When faced with proposals that would actually increase VOC and BTEX in the atmosphere, every single e-NGO threatened lawsuits against the EPA if the proposals were removed from the law. This happened over ten times during that rule making. We would describe the effects on the environment of a particular part of the regulation and show why the regulation would result in a net increase garbage in the atmosphere (generally, there would have been a case study in Energy Star that showed in a very specific, very limited set of wells an action would reduce emissions, the EPA then put in regulatory language that required that action on every single well, even the 70% of the wells that would emit more VOC and BTEX under the proposal than without it, then the e-NGO's would threaten lawsuits when the EPA admitted they had made an error, at least ten times).

After reading thousands of pages of this garbage, I became convinced and remain convinced to this day that the agenda of the "green movement" is to punish industry and the e-NGO's could not care less about the environment. They are all about: (1) punishing industry; (2) raising money to sustain the life style of the e-NGO executives; and (3) name recognition to help increase fund raising. They are slime and I very much disagree with their goals.

I am not even going to pursue the "science is science" claim, it is just to sad to be funny.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

If this is a language debate, I refuse to use words like "heterosexual" and "atheist". Both are examples of categorizing the norm. I suspect the opposite of "green" is similarly "normal".

- Steve

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

(OP)
What I was hoping for was a language discussion. I didn't mean to take it beyond that.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Don't know if these terms are universal, but in the UK we have "greenfield" sites and "brownfield" sites. So maybe the opposite of green is brown.

- Steve

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I would agree that 'brown' would be the most appropriate term.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Well, on the colour spectrum, the opposite of green is red.

On the environmental 'spectrum' the opposite could be a greyish-yellowish-brown .... the colour of smog.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

(OP)
I'm liking brown. Not flashy, just effective. "Red" already has way too much baggage and "greyish-yellowish-brown" doesn't roll off the tongue.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

What about "responsible green" or "realistic green" or any other adjective that suits you?

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(OP)
Maybe "Really Green"? Still implies having the staff driving a Prius and putting solar panels on the servant's quarters.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

trugreen? oh darn, it has been taken

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

I think "responsible" would be a proper term. By the wording, "shill" might also be applicable.

- Steve

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

All that green stuff eventually decays anyway, so yea, brown, hands down, but not in it.

Mike McCann
MMC Engineering

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

"So what do I call myself." ... how about "i was a good engineer ... i did the job i was asked, probably more; i put up with their cr@p, and probably more; ..."

do you really feel the need to dumb your career down to a colour ?? you need some time in the pub !

possibly you personal/political leanings are agreen (a la agnostic) ?

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Opposite of green is environmentalist.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

(OP)
God that is true, cloa.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

How about neerg, which is green backwards.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Other possibilities for consideration, in particular when referring to green chemistry:

Eco-incompatible
unsustainable

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Back to the OP:

Non-green folks and objects around our area are often given the moniker "piggy."

Big SUV with V8 engine = piggy car.
Efficient hybrid = green car.

Guy who floors the piggy car to get to the stop sign faster than you = piggy guy.
Guy who drives his hybrid in the most efficient way = green guy.

Church lit up with 200 kW of facade lighting all night (USD $80,000/year) = piggy church. Church dark at night that spends$80,000/year caulking and insulating houses for the poor = green church.

Guy who grabs all the king crab legs at the buffet before you can get one = piggy guy
Guy who takes half the crab legs when he sees you waiting = nice guy [oops, off topic]

Best to you,

Goober Dave

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

DRWeig...I'm with you about the crab legs!

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Q. What is the opposite of "Green"?
A. neerG

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

RED

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Cass, think positive: Magenta.

A.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

My brother in the US has been driving a 4x4 SUV hybrid for the last 6 years. If a 4x4 SUV is not environmentally friendly and a hybrid is environmentally friendly, what is a 4x4 SUV hybrid? Is he partially green and partially brown? Yes, I know I have a strangely coloured brother but that is another story.

When I last mixed green and brown, I got a strange shade of brown. Does brown take precedence over green?

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

xwb, I've had the equivalent of three semesters of Color Theory (additive, subtractive, pigment and light) and for the almost the first time in decades, I can put this knowledge to use!

Mix all three primary colors to make brown. Depending on how you start determines the final result. Here's a really cute Wiki how with animation that gives you the idea.

How to mix brown

If you are offended by the things I say, imagine the stuff I hold back.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

I asked a woman one time, "what's the opposite of chauvinism?" Her reply, "there is none." The premise being there was a widespread cultural bias against women. It was (to her) the norm.

I'd think the word you are seeking is "responsible." 'Cause afterall, much of the green movement is irresponsible hyperbole (to me that is). Yes I do recycle.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Pink.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

(OP)
Taken.

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Guy who drives his hybrid in the most efficient way = road rage victim.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Kenat - If you have ever been behind a line of traffic headed by some joker in a Prius practicing his hypermiling techniques you will experience what I mean. Granted, the Prius's running 80 MPH on the freeway are not out there saving gas.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Prius/Hybrid drivers aren't the only ones doing that though, I know at least one VW diesel driver that does it. I routinely get stuck behind people doing 1/2 the speed limit on one of the roads here in Santa Barbara.

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And in support of efforts to stop the madness take a look at the Forbes article...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/08/06/a...

For those who don't want to read the article, here's a summary:

'Grumpy old man complains that things aren't done like they used to be, back in his day'

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Another opinionated summary by another grumpy old man:

Our grandchildren are going to die of the effects of the incredible debt being created by the extremists so their great, great, great, great grandchildren will never find out how much of the current cycle of global warming is actually being caused by humans.

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### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

correction
I meant to say "...so their never-to-exist great, great, great, great grandchildren..."

Design for RELIABILITY, manufacturability, and maintainability

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Opposite of green is red.

And, I don't think there will ever be a theme color used to express the opposite of "being green". Look at the number of posts, there is no agreement on this.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

(OP)

David Simpson, PE
MuleShoe Engineering

"Belief" is the acceptance of an hypotheses in the absence of data.
"Prejudice" is having an opinion not supported by the preponderance of the data.
"Knowledge" is only found through the accumulation and analysis of data.
The plural of anecdote is not "data"

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

From a very culinary pov the opposite of green should be meat (o:

saludos.
a.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

abeltio,

Meat turns green if you leave it in the 'fridge long enough.

--
JHG

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

In Physics of sub-atomic particles, if green is one of the colors of quarks, then anti-green is the opposite of green.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Hmmmmm, does a "reverse" or "anti" spectrum of light exist? The key to invisibility.

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

In quantum chromodynamics (QCD) color is a "charge" effective at distances not greater than the size of an atom.
Colors can be negative. For example, "anti-green" is simply a negative green color "charge" carried by an anti-quark.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Drawoh,

Thank you for corroborating my postulate!
If you leave the meat in the fridge long enough to turn green, it's because you are green as well: no self respected carnivore will leave red meat in the fridge long enough to turn green, not even a pale red.

saludos.
a.

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#### Quote (ornerynosk)

does a "reverse" or "anti" spectrum of light exist?

Sure. Spectra are double-sided: positive and negative frequencies. For a real signal, the negatives are simply complex conjugates of the positives.

- Steve

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Use a different language. In the Gaelic tongues brown is Donn - pronounced Done. Possibly significant. Hey we've been using pigeon Latin for years. :)

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

It's not "pigeon Latin" but rather "Pig Latin"

John R. Baker, P.E.
Product 'Evangelist'
Product Engineering Software
Siemens PLM Software Inc.
Industry Sector
Cypress, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

To an Engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

According to Dictionary.com

Blue (adj) 15. holding or offering little hope; dismal; bleak.

(A bit unfair to the OP, who was actually making a fair point about which changes are significant and which just posturing - but I couldn't resist the temptation).

A.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Opposite of green, easy, it's my exhaust pipes doing this: http://goo.gl/kneVf7

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- Gian

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

Sorry to come back to this one after so long, but the word you're looking for is probably "experienced"

A.

### RE: What is the opposite of "Green"?

I think it takes two words, "common sense".

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