On this year’s to-see list: Burning the Future: Coal in America.
Burning the Future documents the growing tensions between the coal industry and those whose lives and communities are directly implicated (in this case, people living in West Virginia). About the film:
36% of US global warming emissions comes from the approximately 501 coal-burning power plants that provide the nation with over half its electricity – more than all other sources combined.
…Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local activists watch the nation praise coal without regard to the devastation caused by its extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.
The trailer promises a powerful and important film.
Undoubtedly, this movie will help to repudiate the lie that coal can ever be clean in any sense, and emphasize that this is not only an issue of energy production and environmental degradation, but also an issue of the integration of these acts and their moral implications for the health and well-being of other humans. Which, ya know, is good and urgent.
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