9780618872244

Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future

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  • ISBN13:

    9780618872244

  • ISBN10:

    0618872248

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-03
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

JEFF GOODELL is a contributing editor at 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, based on the terrifying hours nine Quecreek miners spent trapped underground; he appeared on Oprah to talk with the miners about their experience. Goodell’s first book, The Cyberthief and the Samurai, was about the hunt for the notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick. His memoir, Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family, was a New York Times Notable Book.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
The Saudi Arabia of Coalp. 3
Coal Coloniesp. 21
Dogholesp. 48
The Carbon Expressp. 74
The Burn
Infinite Needsp. 97
The Big Dirtyp. 119
"A Citizen Wherever We Serve"p. 147
The Heat
Reversal of Fortunep. 173
The Coal Rushp. 202
The Frontierp. 226
Epilogue: An Empire of Denialp. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 259
Notesp. 263
Indexp. 297
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