Film Reveals Struggle For The Last Appalachian Mountains

Obama’s plan to expand offshore oil drilling and the fate of massive oil subsidies has dominated the national conversation about energy in the last few weeks.

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.

Shocking Facts:

  • 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.”

Watch The Trailer:

Related Reading:

Will Banks Ever Stop Financing Mountain Top Removal?

House Democrats Speak Out Against Mountain Top Removal

What Mining Companies Are Doing To Appalachia’s Coal Country

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federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Fermiamo tutto questo.

James T.
James Taylor6 years ago

I wonder how many of the coal workers and contractors live near the Appalachian Mountains? Would they really want this in their own back yard? I know it sounds pretentious, but if we imagined the world to be all our own back yards, would we do the things we do to it? Of course we wouldn't. Big Oilmen and Coalmen won't have to look at the destruction they have left in their wake or suffer the consequences of what they have done.

patrick b. - you asked THE BIG QUESTION. It's a difficult question for most people to confront if you really think about what it would mean. Just the other day we had a power cut for 1 hour and I was reminded of how dependent we are on electricity. You realise there is no backup plan if the power was permanently turned off, we would be helpless and pathetic while nature carries on as normal. The thing is, I don't think people really understand or appreciate just what the consequences of drilling and mining operations are, the sheer magnitude of it. Mountains are being destroyed for chrissake. You really have to see it in the flesh to understand it and you would probably be shocked at the devastation. Like I said before, it's all comfortably and conveniently out of sight (for most of us), and so out of mind. We have to face facts and ask ourselves, do we want this, or do we want an alternative?

Jean D.
Jean D6 years ago

Its all in the hands of our government - do they fold and yield to the coal powers or do they do the right thing and stand up for our country? I guess time will tell. Keep the lines of communication open - write those letters, make those calls---stand up for what you believe in.

Gloria C.
gloria c6 years ago

please stop this.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p6 years ago

mountain top removal has to stop. good article and video, thanks

Arielle Black-Foley

The issue with these kind of activist movies is that generally those who actually go see it were already part of the environmentalist "camp" to begin with. Those who really need to be exposed to these kind of issues remain happily oblivious to what is going on, or share the crazy "drill baby drill" mentality.

Lyn V.
Lyn V6 years ago

Sometimes I think our Governments do not think further than there noses. Come on guys think about generations to come What exactly are we leaving them besides mess

Betty L.
Betty L6 years ago

OMG! I had no idea. I always heard of the coal mines but did not know of the magitude of the distruction.

patrick b.
patrick b6 years ago

"BUT" are any of you willing or able to give up the electricity that allows you to connect to this site and make your comments???

John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

Haven't traveled there for awhile, wonder if it is a beautiful as it once was. I'm certain it wont be before long.