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Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future By Jeff Goodell

Our reliance on coal -- the unmentioned foundation of our "information" economy -- has, Goodell says, led to an "empire of denial" that blocks us from the investments necessary to find alternative energy sources that could eventually save us from fossil fuel. Goodell's description of the mining-related deaths, the widespread health consequences of burning coal and the impact on our planet's increasingly fragile ecosystem makes for compelling reading.

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