Featuring both coal and mining advocates as well as opponents, this is the preeminent film on the coal controversy.
eleven and one-half days, the explosive equivalent of the Hiroshima
atomic bomb is unleashed upon the mountains of southern West Virginia
and eastern Kentucky - for coal.
Burning the Future: Coal in America challenges the
concept of “clean coal”, documenting the devastating ecological, social
and health impact of coal mining and mountain-top removal. The film
follows the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of
conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia, where
over 1.4 million acres of mountains have been destroyed and groundwater
Confronted by a US energy policy that favors coal without sufficient
regard for the negative impact its extraction causes, local activists
organize to arouse the nation and help protect their health, their
communities and their way of life.
The DVD package includes considerable supplemental material: short
films, printed information, web resources and discussion questions,
perfect for courses on energy, the environment, social movements and
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Short films on:
- Coal and Energy - Overview of the role coal plays in the US economy
and a snapshot of the coal and utilities industry influence on public
- Coal and Climate Change - Documents how coal is the number one contributor of greenhouse gases.
Pollution and Public Health - Illustrates how coal-fired power
contributes to toxic water, air pollution and mercury poisoning.
Democracy and Action - Documents how grassroots social movements are the primary force for change in America.
Coal Impact Guide - written information about coal's effects on
health, the environment, global warming, and how people can make a
difference in their daily lives.