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Videos on Coal and Mining Issues

This list of serious and funny videos about coal and mining issues includes videos on clean coal, mountaintop removal mining, metals mining, mining pollution, strip mining, reclamation.

See the rightmost column for additional categories of videos related to mining and coal.

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COAL LOBBY WARNS WIND FARMS MAY BLOW EARTH OFF ORBIT
Is the US doing enough to heed the warnings of coal industry scientists who say turbines could blow the Earth right into the sun? Satire from The Onion.  Watch funny coal lobby video(2:39)

 
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COAL... THE FUTURE IS LATER — A video satire on the coal industry's use of meaningless platitudes (and sometimes outright deceptions) in their ads. We're also reminded of the general public's blissful ignorance on the subject of energy.  Watch funny coal video.
 
image of monstrous mechanized mining caterpillar on mountain top; click to go to animation page at external site; opens in new window
FIRST THERE IS A MOUNTAIN, THEN THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN....
This is a really fine 5-minute animation that humorously takes on the serious topic of mountain-top removal mining and the disconnect between distant coal mining and how we just flip on a power switch in our homes. It's more targeted at kids, but I can tell you that this adult enjoyed it just fine! From Green Gorilla/ SustainLane and FreeRange Graphics. Go there

 
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COAL COMFORT
Stephen Colbert interviews Margaret Palmer, the lead author of a Science journal paper that blasts mountaintop removal mining. Colbert must have had a methane fire in his funny bone—he is hilarious here.  Watch funny coal mining video.

 
funny coal video link; thumb of man in suit holding can of 'clean coal' air freshener
“CLEAN COAL” AIR FRESHENER
This short, funny bit of video satire takes on the loosey-goosey term "clean coal," which the coal industry and its political allies love to pretend is "what we're doing with coal today" rather than "a theoretically possible approach to coal that is completely unproven." In fact, not only are there are no "clean coal" plants operating in the US today, there are none even planned. Repeat after me: "There is no such thing as clean coal." Watch funny clean coal video.

 
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SOLAR DIRTY, COAL CLEAN!
In this funny video/animation, Mark Fiore (satirically) explains the dangers of solar and wind energy and the advantages of "clean coal." Dirty is the new clean!  Watch funny clean coal video.
  COAL & MINING VIDEOS
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(GOOGLE) EARTH TO MTR MINING ADVOCATES!
This video shows some examples of how you can use Google Earth/Maps to see the scale of destruction from mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. We add two bonus videos: The short film Black Mountain Story and a 10-minute debate on MTR coal mining. Watch mountaintop removal mining videos.
 
 
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CATEGORY:  COAL, POLLUTION — 18.FEB.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living On Earth

Coal Ash Impoundments Threaten Water Quality — Huge Coal ash waste ponds are commonplace at power plants in Appalachian coal country, but environmental watchdogs say state and federal oversight is lax. A recent spill on the Dan River in North Carolina dumped thousands of tons of toxic coal ash into the water. Amy Adams of Appalachian Voices discusses the threat of coal ash impoundments and offers some ideas for reform.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   7:21

GP comment:  Coal pollutes on many levels, not just when it's burned.

Original Show Pub Date: 14.Feb.2014

CATEGORY:  POLLUTION, MINING — 21.JAN.2014

Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Living On Earth

Fracking With Recycled Mine Water — Thousands of abandoned mines in Pennsylvania are full of polluted water. Some think the fracking boom is a way to pay for cleaning up that water—by reusing it.
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   5:35

GP comment:  Even fracking done with distilled water will eventually cause contamination of fresh groundwater—the pressure pushes already-present underground contaminants into groundwater reservoirs. Even if it were made mandatory that fracking companies use only cleaned-up mine water, it's still a net loser.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Jan.2014

CATEGORIES:  ENVIRONMENT, MINING, RECYCLING — 04.JAN.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Radio EcoShock

Ugly Times for Ugly Mines — Giant mines are operating or being developed all over the world to provide the metals that make the products that feed our consumer desires. But even in areas with environmental regulations, mines spew pollution, carve into wilderness, and leave behind heavy metals that leach into rivers and lakes for hundreds of years. Environmental lawyer Paula Maccabee discusses the fight against a proposed copper mine in Minnesota.
Go to page  |  Download/Listen   1:00:00

GP comment:  Mining pollution is almost a given with any mining operation. As discussed here, increased recycling of metals is the best way to eliminate the need for new mines. That said, consumers who think they need a new phone (or whatever) every year are a large part of the problem.

Original Show Pub Date: 11.Dec.2013

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