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Blowing Up Mountains: Destroying the Environment for Coal

in West Virginia

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Mining Coal Faster Than Men Can Mine It...

Come have a beer with a few coal miners in West Virginia, where they are leveling mountaintops every single day, 24 hours a day.

"If we let them, they'll level this whole place. You might feel bad about it because you're worried about the environment but you're still going to cut the top off of this mountain because hey, I got to eat." says one of the men.

When they old timers mined coal, it was hard work. But now we need to mine coal faster than men can mine it.

Taking tops off of the mountains of West Virginia destroys the earth, depositing toxins and threatening the health of all living things.

At 18:57, see the tray full of about 70 medication that one area man has to take daily to survive the toxic onslaught.

How does he stand it? He just prays.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by VICE