I’m not sure what I expected when I picked up Jeff Goodell’s Big Coal, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is neither a number-and-graph-filled wonkfest nor a provincial, narrow examination of a particular set of companies. Instead, it’s an engagingly written narrative that travels through every stage of coal — from extraction through travel through burning — and ends with a broad examination of the consequences for the climate. I really can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a book even your grandma could enjoy. I hope to post some more on it soon.

But for now: I’m meeting with Goodell on Wednesday for a nice long chat. What should I ask him?