The Unheard Story Of Appalachia's Coal, Part 1

The Unheard Story Of Appalachia's Coal, Part 1

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2:52 Poles confirmed not white.
My granddaddy worked for the Main Island Creek Coal company in Omar WV. He saw the Battle of Blair Mountain.
My father went on to WVU and Yale and got THE HELL OUT. Everything my Granddaddy did was to make sure that happened.
Its still the same , thank God i just got on over in Va.
I live in north central average..Preston county..I'm a 5th generation miner..but it's about gone around here..coal has been a big part of my life..both my great grand parents owned small mines around here in the 40s to 60s ..I grew up with my one grand dad a superintendent until he retired..I used to go to the mine with him and load coal trucks with him when I was 8 or so in the late 80s things have changed a lot
And that's what made America great !
2:16 patient was smoking in the hospital?
Look at what obama and the scum dems have caused! TRUMP! Make America Great again!!!
People like this like to portray coal and these entire towns of PEOPLE as the unfortunate victims of "progress" such as wind and fracking. Coal, as a completely viable and necessary industry was shut down simply because a couple, ideological politicians attained power and chose to demolish this industry...which is anti-free market at best and tyrannical at worst. If a business lives and dies because of the demand on its product or service, that's fine...but not the way that Obama and his socialist cronies did it.
Poverty plus guns but there isn't a crime problem. Weird.
people, beware of INFOWARs by AJ+, all they do is conflict mongering within the USA! This is pure modern warfare.
this is dope
I live in Whitesburg, and I can tell you hands down that this film does not represent the area accurately at all. A business surviving for a year (Heritage Kitchen) is not a sign of success. I wonder why they didn't discuss the several dozen businesses that have came and went in the last handful of years? If I were to walk down Main Street of Whitesburg, I could name at least 8 businesses that have closed their doors in the last 5 years, and that isn't even counting the outlying areas. Why? Because this region has zero infrastructure without the coal business. On main street, there are only a handful of actual businesses that have made it for more than a couple of years, and those few businesses only employ about 5 people each. And these people are going to sit and talk about how this is a great area for entrepreneurs? Give me a break. If that was the case, our largest and most successful business wouldn't be the local Wal-Mart that isn't even open 24/7. The biggest portion of the viable workforce in this area can't even pass a drug test.

Really, this production is just as bad as any before it. When we were thriving because of coal, we were portrayed as being poor, ignorant, and far from industrialized. Now that coal is gone and we are doing worse than we ever have, we are being portrayed as a blossoming little town full of entrepreneurial potential.

If you cannot represent this area accurately, then seriously, just do us all a favor and quit making films about it.
Come to West Virginia!
This is inevitable. Coal is just too harmful to the environment and to people and drinking water etc. What needs to happen is retraining. These coal miners need to be helped into a new job, perhaps in modern energy industries or the like. Companies that mechanise or move overseas or shut mines should be made to retrain their workers as part of their redundancy package.
I am a coal miner, like my father before me.
Hopefully they can be retooled for something else, coal was destined to fail from the beginning.
Well here in Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina it was all Textiles. Whole towns were born from Mill Hills, and the company provided everything for the community. It's been over 20 years since they left and there are numerous communities that haven't recovered. Poverty is still rampant because that was recent enough where most of those workers are unable to be retrained for new good jobs. I can only imagine that's what gonna happen when coal leaves as well...
Everrithang coal..was coal
Those clean energy people should get over there and hire them all. Although I'm not sure how much sun Appalachia gets.
the left media completely demonized the white rural population of this country throughout the entire election which caused them to lose. Now they've realized their mistake and want to trick those same people they demonized into supporting them again.

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Coal is extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground by shaft mining, or at ground level by open pit mining extraction.


Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tonnes in 2010 The price of coal increased from around $30.00 per short ton in 2000 to around $150.00 per short ton as of September 2008. In early 2015, it was trading near $56/ton.