As even progressive politicians continue to hype coal, citizens of Appalachia marginalized by its devastating production process continue to be ignored. Burning the Future, a documentary directed by David Novack, presents the people who suffer most from coal and its production—those who live with toxic groundwater and whose backyard mountains are being blown up for easy access to dirty energy. He also presents some startling facts: every 11 days, explosives equivalent in magnitude to those used on Hiroshima are detonated in parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. As the coal industry bombs away with dollar signs in its eyes, the government seems only willing to appease. burningthefuture.org
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