Big Coal by Jeff Goodell

Big Coal

By Jeff Goodell

  • Release Date: 2007-04-03
  • Genre: Earth Sciences
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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.


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    By Sunflwrs711
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  • Great Read - Opened my eyes

    By Overfritz
    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.