From the book jacket: Despite a devastating, century-long legacy that
has claimed millions of lives and ravaged the environment, coal has become hot
again -- and will likely get hotter. In this penetrating analysis, Goodell
debunks the faulty assumptions underlying coal's revival and shatters the myth
of cheap coal energy. In a compelling blend of hard-hitting investigative
reporting, history, and industry assessment, Goodell illuminates the stark
economic imperatives America faces and the collusion of business and politics --
what is meant by "big coal" -- that have set us on the dangerous course toward
reliance on this energy source.
Few of us realize that even today we burn a lump of coal every time we flip on a switch. Coal already supplies more than half the energy needed to power our iPods, laptops, lights -- anything we use that consumes electricity. Our ...
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