About: Hard Coal: Last of the Bootleg Miners (screener copy)
Held up a wall of coal with his back and kept it from crushing two people to death? Damn son! You're a super hero.
Most of that coal goes through the Great Lakes to be made into steel in Pittsburgh and Hamilton... Coal helped make the Steel towns!
I question the quantity of resources. According to the original estimate. We are out of it. Our use has not stopped. But the quantity is not changing. I believe that the people in power do not own enough of it so they don't get paid. If they cripple the gathering they can buy it cheap and then open the market to their profit.
we learn why these hard rock coal mines died out. Not "because the government" or "big corporations" did something...it's because of pure economics. Other fuels are cheaper, and that's what people buy. People seem to want to find somebody to blame when they feel helpless in the face of change, but unless you want a Socialist government telling people they have to buy this more expensive coal it's not going to happen.
The threat of a far overreaching government is real people.
Our republic is being strangled by big govt over reach piling regulations upon regulations to make it impossible to run a small business. If your small company can't pay millions of dollars a year for lobbyists to bribe politicians then your business is doomed to be buried under a mountain of red tape, regulations, and fined into bankruptcy.
Good film love the underground footage and seeing the men ride the skip car. This story is not unique to the mining industry it has happened in other industries like trucking , logging and sawmilling times change.
It's not much, but it's honest work.
The government seems to want to put America & hardworking American's like the coal miners out of business with bureaucratic strangling , then let big companies take over because they say it's in the BEST interest of everyone ....yeah , right . The 1 % wants to control it all . The US has been turning largely into a service oriented only country .....hardly anything is produced here . Welcome to the United states of China
God bless these hard working miners !!
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I watch this and can't hep but think that the land of the free that Americans proudly boast, is no longer.
Great film. Very sad for the hard working people of this country. My great grandfather and his brothers were miners in southern Ohio.
This Is White Privilege.
WV votes for Democrats at the federal level so as far as I'm concerned "reap it".
So this was Bushes Fault. Bush is an evil SOB.
My ex came from a coal mining family in West Virginia. She should of been an honest, dependable trustworthy woman with a background like that. She was a crazy POS. Her sister even worse.
My deepest regard for these people who made this video, they did an excellent job. I am only at Minute 53. But I recently a few minutes back paused to read a document it showed.. that stated only 11 mines were still open.. that this govt entity had shut down over 200 & something mines.. blew me away.. Loved it when they said they did not feel the government's initial intention when that agency was created was to shut down nearly every single mine since 1969. Especially considering that many of these mines shown had no accidents since 1983, nearly 40 years ago.. Just phenomenal.
jobs go by the wayside in this world! its sad but its a fact of life do you know how many horseshoers their were? hundreds of thousands. The list is a mile long of jobs that are gone and it will always be like this, times change, does not make it any easier for the families but that's how it is
State and federal government workers really love their government cheese and job security.... they'll do anything to protect their cushy jobs.