Coal Country DVD
Most Americans are shocked to learn that nearly half of the electricity used in the United States today is produced by coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels.
COAL COUNTRY reveals the truth about modern coal mining. The story is told by the people directly involved, both working miners and activists who are battling the coal companies in Appalachia. Tensions are high. It's a "new civil war," as families and communities are deeply split over mountaintop removal mining (MTR). The tops of mountains are blasted away, exposing seams of coal, while debris is pushed into valleys and streams. Residents endure health problems, dirty water in their wells, dust and grime on their floors. The miners are frightened that, without MTR, they'll lose their jobs and won't be able to feed their families.
What does this mean for America and the rest of the world? The coal industry is spending millions to promote what it calls "clean coal." Is it achievable? And at what cost?
Featuring music from Justin Townes Earl, Tom T. Hall, Kathy Mattea and Natalie Merchant.