Rolling Stone Journalist Jeff Goodell Tackles Geoengineering at POST's Wallace Stegner Lecture on April 8

March 29, 2013

(Palo Alto, Calif.)—Best-selling author and journalist Jeff Goodell is fired up about “big energy,” “big coal” and big plans to engineer our way out of climate change using the controversial practice of geoengineering. Goodell will address these and other hot-button environmental issues at an April 8 talk at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. His talk is part of the 20th annual Wallace Stegner Lectures presented by Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). The lecture begins at 8:00 p.m., with a book-signing and reception afterward.

A native of Sunnyvale, Goodell covers energy and the environment as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of five books, including Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future, which The New York Times calleda compelling indictment of one of the country’s biggest, most powerful and most antiquated industries...Well-written, timely and powerful.” His memoir Sunnyvale: The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, and his account of nine miners trapped in a Pennsylvania coal mine, Our Story: 77 Hours that Tested Our Friendship and Our Faith, was a national bestseller. His latest book, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, received the 2011 Grantham Award of Special Merit for its “groundbreaking contribution to the literature on climate change.”

POST’s Wallace Stegner Lectures explore issues related to land, nature and the environment. The series is named in honor of the late Wallace Stegner—Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Stanford University professor and ardent spokesman for the West’s wild places. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the lecture series, Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero is donating an overnight stay at one of its tent cabins for one lucky audience member and a guest. The winner will be randomly chosen at the Goodell lecture on April 8 and must be present to win.

Jean and Ambassador Bill Lane generously provided major underwriting for POST’s lecture series since its founding in 1993, and Jean continues the tradition in memory of Bill, who died in 2010. Embarcadero Media—publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, The Almanac and Palo Alto Online—serves as Media Sponsor, with additional Anniversary Sponsor Edible Silicon Valley. Special underwriting for Goodell’s lecture comes from POST donors Eliane and Armand Neukermans, of Portola Valley.

Single tickets to the Goodell lecture are $22 and can be ordered directly from the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts box office at (650) 903-6000 or at Proceeds from the series benefit POST’s land-saving work.



POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust that protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 70,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. On the Web at



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