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ETO Record Number
169
Author
Goodell, Jeff
Title
Big coal: the dirty secret behind America’s energy future
Secondary Title (usually periodical title)
Volume (periodical)
Number (periodical)
Accession Number (For ERIC and similar collections)
Call Number
TN805.A5 G665 2006
Edition
Editor
ISBN
0618319409 (alk. paper)
Format
Keywords
Coal mines and mining--United States.
Coal--United States.
Energy minerals--United States.
Pages
xxvii, 324 p.
Location Published
Boston
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Date of Publication
2006
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Abstract
Few of us realize that every time we flip on a switch, we burn a lump of coal--our shiny white iPod economy is propped up by dirty black rocks. Despite a legacy that has claimed millions of lives and ravaged the environment, coal has become hot again. Our desire to find a homegrown alternative to Mideast oil, the rising cost of oil and natural gas, and the mood in Washington will soon push our coal consumption through the roof. Because we have failed to develop alternative energy sources, coal has become the default fuel for the 21st century. Veteran journalist Goodell examines the faulty assumptions underlying coal’s revival and shatters the myth of cheap coal energy. In a blend of investigative reporting, history, and business analysis, he illuminates the troubling economic imperatives America faces and the collusion of business and politics that has set us on this dangerous course.--From publisher description.
Notes
Table of Contents:
Introduction
Part 1: The Dig
1. The Saudi Arabia of Coal
2. Coal Colonies
3. Dogholes
4. The Carbon Express
Part 2: The Burn
5. Pushers and Junkies
6. The Big Dirty
7. A Citizen Wherever We Serve
Part 3: The Heat
8. Reversal of Fortune
9. The Coal Boom
10. The Frontier
Epilogue: An Empire of Denial
Notes
Acknowledgements