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Keeping the Lights On| 33mins
Director: Gretta Wing Miller | Producer: Aarick Beher
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, conflict, environment, resources, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In Wisconsin, more than 70 percent of our electricity is produced by burning coal. The regional implications of burning 25 million tons of coal a year are usually not considered: until a disaster like the TVA coal-ash spill brings to light the massive waste stream the coal industry never speaks of. “Keeping the Lights On” begins its look at the impacts of coal burning on the day that representatives from La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative knocked on farmers' doors and told them, "Your farm has been chosen as a coal-ash landfill site." Within the story of the community’s resistance to the landfill, “Keeping the Lights On” shows us how electricity is made from coal - the largest source of greenhouse gasses, explores the reasons an electric utility needs a waste dump, and will make you question why we are still burning coal in the 21st century.

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