Directed by Michael Bonfiglio
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Voices from the Film
There are many different voices in the conversation around coal. Here are some from the film.
This country made a promise in 1947, that they would guarantee health care and pension benefits to coal miners if they would work in these here coal mines. Now, we fulfilled our promise. We’ve done it. And a hell of a lot of us died doing it.
The warming by the end of this century could be as high as 5 or 6 degrees Celsius. It would be warmer than it’s been since the dinosaurs were dominant more than 65 million years ago, and it’s not clear whether the human endeavor could survive in such a world. It’s now a question of whether we can control which direction it goes, so we can go into a climate friendly world, instead of a climate inferno, basically.
At one time they said if we were our own country, we’d be like Saudi Arabia. You know, we’d have as much energy underneath as they do.
The thing about coal – it’s labor intensive. Somebody’s taking a paycheck home on Friday night, putting shoes on the baby.
We wanted to do our part, first of all, to reduce climate emissions. That’s what our residents want.
If we can do something different with it, like clean coal – I don’t know if we can or not – but it could be a very good thing for us if it happens.
We live in constant fear every day. Who fears their water?! We don’t live in a third world country. I mean, this is the United States of America here! And we’re fearing our water.
As a region, we’re not ashamed of powering this country for a hundred years. We’re proud of that and we should be proud of that. But I think that we’re waking up to the realization that if we’re going to survive, we’re going to have to adapt.