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Big coal : the dirty secret behind America's energy future

Author: Jeff Goodell
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Book, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Mariner books edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Goodell, Jeff.
Big coal.
Boston : Mariner Book, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007
(DLC) 2007275849
(OCoLC)123129096
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Goodell
ISBN: 9780547526621 0547526628 1299897029 9781299897021
OCLC Number: 759581885
Notes: "With a new afterword"--Cover.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxvii, 324 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The dig --
The Saudi Arabia of coal --
Coal colonies --
Dogholes --
The carbon express --
The burn --
Infinite needs --
The big dirty --
"A citizen wherever we serve" --
The heat --
Reversal of fortune--
The coal rush --
The frontier --
An empire of denial.
Responsibility: Jeff Goodell.
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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.

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