Burning the Future: Coal In America Directed by David Novack, 2008
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—for coal.
In BURNING 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.
Interviews with Experts and Voices From the Film; Trailer; DVD ROM: Coal Impact Guide - a comprehensive resource offering access to more information and tools to take direct action in your home and community.