Keeping the Lights On| 33mins
Director: Gretta Wing Miller | Producer: Aarick Beher
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United States
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. â€œKeeping the Lights Onâ€ 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 communityâ€™s resistance to the landfill, â€œKeeping the Lights Onâ€ 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.