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Big Coal

The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future

Jeff Goodell

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Long dismissed as a relic of a bygone era, coal is back -- with a vengeance. Coal is one of the nation's biggest and most influential industries -- Big Coal provides more than half the electricity consumed by Americans today -- and its dominance is growing, driven by rising oil prices and calls for energy independence. Is coal the solution to America's energy problems?

On close examination, the glowing promise of coal quickly turns to ash. Coal mining remains a deadly and environmentally destructive industry. Nearly forty percent of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere each year comes from coal-fired power plants. In the last two decades, air pollution from coal plants has killed more than half a million Americans. In this eye-opening call to action, Goodell explains the costs and consequences of America's addiction to coal and discusses how we can kick the habit.

Publishers Weekly Review

Apr 10, 2006 – After a generation out of the spotlight, coal has reasserted its centrality: the United States "burn more than a billion tons" per year, and since 9/11 and the Iraq war, independence from foreign oil has become positively patriotic. Rolling Stone contributing editor Goodell's last book, the bestselling Our Story, was about a mine accident, which clearly made a deep impression on him. Our reliance on coal—the unspoken foundation of our "information" economy—has, Goodell says, led to an "empire of denial" that blocks us from the investments necessary to find alternative energy sources that could eventually save us from fossil fuel. Goodell's description of the mining-related deaths, the widespread health consequences of burning coal and the impact on our planet's increasingly fragile ecosystem make for compelling reading, but such commonplace facts are not what lift this book out of the ordinary. That distinction belongs to Goodell's fieldwork, which takes him to Atlanta, West Virginia, Wyoming, China and beyond—though he also has a fine grasp of the less tangible niceties of the industry. Goodell understands how mines, corporate boardrooms, commodity markets and legislative chambers interrelate to induce a national inertia. Goodell has a talent for pithy argument—and the book fairly crackles with informed conviction.

Customer Reviews

Great Read - Opened my eyes

I recently finished Big Coal, and I'll even re-read it to make sure I didn't skip over a thing! It's a very down to earth story about what is going on with Big Coal and how it's going to affect our lives. It was also refreshing to read that there are facts behind the book as well as personal research into the field! In regards to the United States lag into being green, even with Obama now, I can reference a phrase from Glenn Beck's "Arguing with Idiots". "You can say 'But loosing 25 pounds will take a whole year!' and continue to eat your way through the Waffle House menu, but you could actually start that diet and exercise now." It was a wonderful read and I will tell people about what I have read. Am I suddenly an environmentalist tree-hugger? No, but now I understand that we need to start doing stuff NOW so in the FUTURE we might have a chance.

Big Coal
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Earth Sciences
  • Published: Apr 03, 2007
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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