Tuesday, April 18, 2006

counting the cost of coal

Three new books -- and attention from Vanity Fair's "green" May issue -- represent a burst of consciousness about a coal industry that has rebounded with the high cost of oil and is high-tailing it up court to score as fast as possible.

Particularly troublesome, as yet only to environmentalists, is this boom's prolific rate of mountaintop-removal extraction -- blasting for coal from the top down -- and the high personal cost of cheap electricity.

the article briefly reviews "LOST MOUNTAIN" By Erik Reece(Riverhead Books), "MISSING MOUNTAINS" Edited by Kristin Johannsen, Bobbie Ann Mason and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall (Wind Publications), and "BIG COAL" By Jeff Goodell(Houghton Mifflin).
see the rest of the piece here...

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