Burning the Future: Coal in America


Published on Aug 2, 2013

Coal provides half of America’s electricity, but at what cost? Though rhetoric about clean coal abounds, 36 of US global warming emissions comes from our coal – burning plants. Every 11 1/2 days, the explosive equivalent of the Hiroshima atomic bomb is unleashed upon the mountains of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. In Burining The Future – Coal In America, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, ordinary citizens launch a valiant fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families and preserving their way of life. Burning the future exposes the truth behind mountaintop coal extraction and offers tools for everyone to carve out a cleaner future.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

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