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What Thought Leaders Say About the Book

“The Coal Trap is a sober and utterly damning indictment of what a decade of coal dependence and political corruption has cost West Virginians. Van Nostrand knows the law, he knows the politics, and he knows where all the bodies are buried. A must-read for anyone who cares about the future of West Virginia — or the future of the planet.”

Jeff Goodell
Rolling Stone Magazine

“James Van Nostrand brings stellar expertise and deep experience of West Virginia to a subject that could not be more timely or relevant. Everyone who cares about the trajectory of U.S. climate policy should own and read this book.”

Abigail Dillen
President, Earthjustice

“A lot of people obsess over West Virginia’s coal industry – its economic impact, its political power, its often-painful history and the continuing impact on workers and the environment. But James Van Nostrand has given us a fascinating new account of how, even as it shrinks, that industry continues to manipulate our system of utility regulation to its benefit, in ways that hold the state and its transition to a more modern economy back. The Coal Trap is a must-read book for West Virginians and for anyone who cares about the future or our state and our world.”

Ken Ward, Jr.
Co-Founder, Mountain State Spotlight

“With facts and rich understanding, Professor Van Nostrand leads the reader insightfully through perhapsthe most important decade in West Virginia’s energy history. The Coal Trap’s compelling analysis bringsthe politics, the policy, and the people of the Mountain State’s energy debate to life in a fascinating read.The book offers convincing and detailed evidence that it is not too late for West Virginia to play ameaningful role in our nation’s - and the world’s - energy future.”

Alexandra Dapolito Dunn
Partner, Baker Botts

“This book is essential reading for understanding US climate and clean energy progress, the outsized role West Virginia plays, and prospects for a brighter future for the Mountain State and the globe. Van Nostrand’s fresh insights and deep expertise combine to create a fascinating read that will captivate experts and newcomers alike, in West Virginia and far beyond.”

Mary Ann Hitt
Senior Director, Climate Imperative