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Burning the Future: Coal in America (2008)

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89 min | Documentary

Burning the Future: Coal in America examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the Coal Industry and residents of West Virginia. Confronted by an emerging coal-based US energy policy, local ...See moreBurning the Future: Coal in America examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the Coal Industry and residents of West Virginia. 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. Written by David Novack See less
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Sam Henriques | Scott Shelley (as J. Scott Shelley)
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Apr 22, 2008 (United States)
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Maria Gunnoe
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Bill Raney
Himself - WV Mining Association Himself - WV Mining Association   See fewer
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Rocky Hackworth
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Chrystal Gunnoe
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Ben Stout
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Jim Hecker
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Roger Lilly
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Ed Hopkins
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Joe Haynes
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Joe Manchin III
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Peter Lehner
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Bob May
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Billy Sammons
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Janet Keating
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Bo Webb
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Joan Linville
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Jesse Gunnoe
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Julian Martin
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Diane Shafer
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Randy Wilson
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Larry Gibson
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7.7 / 10 | 58 votes