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Burning the Future: Coal in America
Burning the Future Coal in America
Actors: Maria Gunnoe, Bo Webb, Billy Sammons, Ben Stout, Donetta Blankenship
Director: David Novack
Genres: Documentary
NR     2009     2hr 0min

Coal provides half of America s electricity, but at what cost? Though rhetoric about clean coal abounds, 36% of US global warming emissions comes from our coal-burning plants. Every 11-1/2 days, the explosive equivalent of...  more »


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Actors: Maria Gunnoe, Bo Webb, Billy Sammons, Ben Stout, Donetta Blankenship
Director: David Novack
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Docurama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/25/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A col' diss of coal
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 08/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First off, you may want to watch the special features before the main one. The special features speaks about the dangerous cause-and-effects of coal in a much more succinct fashion. The main documentary spends the first five minutes in a coal mine for no reason. This is an example of making a documentary longer than it had to be.
In the fair journalism mode, the documentary interviews coal's supporters. However, this work clearly has a viewpoint and it is far from impartial. This is a green documentary very proud of itself. I wonder how they encouraged the opposition's participation here.
Waste pools have spilled killing individuals. People can't eat fish in the few streams left. This work really gives West Virginia a bad look. Those with state pride may feel insulted here. Folk can't really eat the fish they catch. The water from natural resources are sooty from pollution. This adds that there's really no such thing as "clean coal," there's just stuff not as bad as the current stuff.
I love and applaud green messages, but they can be so depressing. If you don't like hearing bad news, it will be difficult to watch this whole documentary. When I saw a work on how solar energy, wind power, and even algae may save the planet, I watched with ease and felt hopeful. This is not that happy type of work! Some people knew what was going to happen in "Return of the Sith," but that doesn't mean they wanted to experience it. Those who are easily put in a bad mood will have trouble watching this documentary."
There is No Clean Coal--and that's only the beginning
Martin Shackelford | Saginaw, MI USA | 11/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An informative look at environmental and health impacts of coal mining in West Virginia. Why coal isn't a good bet for our energy future."