But a new film seeks to illuminate a quieter but no less dramatic struggle between environmentalists and the energy industry: the fight for the Appalachian mountains and the coal they contain.
The Last Mountain, which lands in U.S. theaters next month, is a passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans who fight for what they believe in.
Written, directed and produced by Bill Haney, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder and president of an eco-housing start-up, The Last Mountain argues that the mining and burning of coal is at the epicenter of America’s struggle to balance its energy needs with environmental concerns.
- Almost half of the electricity produced in the U.S. comes from the burning of coal.
- Thirty-percent of that coal comes from the mountains of Appalachia.
- Mountain top removal has destroyed 500 Appalachian mountains, decimated 1 million acres of forest, and buried 2000 miles of streams.
“In valleys and on mountaintops throughout the heart of the eastern seaboard, the coal industry detonates the explosive power of a Hiroshima bomb each and every week, shredding timeless landscapes to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many,” said Harvey.
“With politicians siding with their corporate donors, it falls to a rag tag army of local activists to stand alone for the welfare of their families, their heritage and for a principled and sound energy future. Our film is their film — the uplifting story of the power of ordinary citizens to remake the future when they have the determination and courage to do so.”
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