A conversation with Jeff Goodell, author of Big Coal

Lots of folks think of coal as an outmoded relic of our past, like steam locomotives and petticoats. But journalist Jeff Goodell — author of Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future — has got news for you: Not only is coal alive and well, it’s on the verge of a renaissance, marketed by industry (and the Bush administration) as a road to energy independence. Goodell dropped by Grist HQ to chat with David Roberts about the ravages of coal mining, the dangers of global warming, and the future of the black rock that’s been with us for so long.