Word on the Street: January 2010

This month's word: tofu, n.

November 6, 2010 Published in the January 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

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Tofu n.

Old-fashioned political pork gone “green.” Cf. the federal Department of Energy’s plan to guarantee a $1.3 billion loan to General Electric for the construction of Shepherds Flat, a 32,000-acre wind farm in Morrow and Gilliam Counties. In a sentence: “Tell them boys and girls in DC that we’re happy to shrink our carbon footprint, if they can kick down some serious tofu.” See also: The Portland Development Commission’s unprecedented $8 million loan to help renovate a new US HQ for wind turbine maker Vestas.

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