Big Coal The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future

ISBN-10: 0618872248
ISBN-13: 9780618872244
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jeff Goodell
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Description: Long dismissed as a relic of a bygone era, coal is back -- with a vengence. 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Long dismissed as a relic of a bygone era, coal is back -- with a vengence. 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.

JEFF GOODELL is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine . He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith . Goodell’s memoir, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family , was a New York Times Notable Book. His most recent book, Big Coal , is the basis of an upcoming feature documentary, Dirty Business .

Introduction
The Saudi Arabia of Coal
Coal Colonies
Dogholes
The Carbon Express
The Burn
Infinite Needs
The Big Dirty
"A Citizen Wherever We Serve"
The Heat
Reversal of Fortune
The Coal Rush
The Frontier
Epilogue: An Empire of Denial
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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