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Fiery and committed The New York Times Book Review
The hidden truth about coal is what Jeff Goodell is after in his groundbreaking book.
[Goodell] turns the light on the coal industry as he tracks the black rock on a bracing, eye-opening journey.
Big Coal gives its readers a clear sense of the tradeoffs we face in our feverish quest for inexpensive energy The Washington Post
Goodell has a talent for pithy argument - and the book fairly crackles with informed conviction.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
Eye-opening and provocative Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Goodell does a first-rate job of balancing environmental concerns with interviews from the human faces associated with "Big Coal" Library Journal
I THE DIG 1. The Saudi Arabia of Coal 3 2. Coal Colonies 21 3. Dogholes 48 4. The Carbon Express 74
II THE BURN 5. Infinite Needs 97 6. The Big Dirty 119 7. “A Citizen Wherever We Serve” 147
III THE HEAT 8. Reversal of Fortune 173 9. The Coal Rush 202 10. The Frontier 226
Epilogue: An Empire of Denial 249 Acknowledgments 259 Notes 263 Index 297
Posted March 23, 2007
Big Coal does an excellent job of exploding many of the myths about coal, and shows why our continued dependence on it is such an enormous problem. The book is a thoughtful combination of reporting and analysis -- he goes into coal mines, hangs out a power plants, meets with CEOs, and at the same time grapples with big issues like global warming and the lobbying power of the coal industry. Highly recommended to anyone trying to make sense of America's energy problems.
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Posted October 25, 2006
The book sees every item in the Coal world as related to the unfounded concept of 'Global Warming' or the ever popular The Sky is Falling Henny Penny'.' The hope appears to be we (the people of earth) can find a solution that uses coal in a 'cash for carbon' scheme that as any child in China can tell you will not work (if you do not believe the child ask his goverment). It seems from time to time as one reads possible, a plan will be revealed but that is not the real point of the book? The real point is global warming bad! 3 years of reasearch that is a lot of research 244-notations in all but no knowledge is gained or at least imparted to the hungry reader? The effort fails to do more than to turn it's own belief system, a pitiful agenda at best, into a boring single note opera without a fact in sight. You are left with the feeling the book came from the awful PG&E story board used to make their never ending trite commercials. Please stop schreaming Sun, Wind, Water, and do somthing with the aforementioned elements. I bought this book in the hope of learning about improving our energy use but in the end I feel used by the concepts endlessly touted in the tome. Jeff Goodell writes very well for 'Rolling Stone' perhaps he should stay with a subject he understands and an audience that wears it's collective Ludite hat backwards, Leaving serious writing to serious writers.
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Posted November 28, 2010
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