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Jeff Goodell

Jeff Goodell at a New America event in 2015.

Jeff Goodell is an American author and contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine.[1] Goodell's writings are known for a focus on energy and environmental issues. He is a 2016-2017 Fellow at the New America Foundation.


Life and careerEdit

Earlier works include Sunnyvale (2000), a personal memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley and the breakdown of his family; The Cyberthief and the Samurai (1996), the story of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick; and Our Story: 77 Hours That Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith (2002), about the Pennsylvania Quecreek Mine Rescue of nine trapped coal miners in 2002, which was a New York Times Best Seller. In 2006 he published his most popular book to date,[2] Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.

In spring 2010 he published How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate[1] about geoengineering, global warming, and climate change mitigation. The book discusses ideas by Ken Caldeira, James Lovelock, David Keith, Raymond Pierrehumbert, Stephen Salter, and Lowell Wood among others. In 2011, How to Cool the Planet won the Grantham Prize (Award of Special Merit).[3]

Awards and honorsEdit



Select articles


  • Best Business Writing 2012 (Columbia Journalism Review Books, 2012) ISBN 0231160739
  • Best American Science Writing 2012 (Ecco, 2012) ISBN 0062117912


  1. ^ a b "Can We 'Cool the Planet' through Geoengineering?", NPR interview on Fresh Air, April 15, 2010
  2. ^ "Popular" is qualified to mean sheer number of professional reviews and Google hits compared to his other books, and by the ratio of ownership at LibraryThing showing [1] Big Coal is owned by more readers than nearly all his other books combined.
  3. ^ 2011 Award of Special Merit Recipients, Grantham Prize website . Retrieved June 2011.
  4. ^ Sierra Club Announces 2012 National Awards, Sierra Club website . Retrieved September 2012.

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