The central front in the battle for America’s energy future, with enormous consequences for the health and economic prospects of every citizen, is the fight for Appalachian coal. 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 landscape to bring coal wealth to a few, and leaving devastated communities and poisoned water to many. In small town in the West Virginia Appalachians, Massey Energy mining company is about to reduce the last remaining peak—Coal River Mountain—to a pile of ash. But in the 2011 “The Last Mountain”, the residents of the town are ready to fight back, and with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (this time, apparently, a mountain advocate instead of a river advocate) lending his support, they’re standing up for their land, their children’s future, and their health. Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival, the film will be released June 3rd, 2011.
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