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  1. Dec 14, 2011
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    If you're a progressive liberal, you'll love this movie. Corporate greed, evil republicans, global warming, "renewable energy", it's all there. This movie is more full of holes than a backstop at a shooting range. Near the beginning a resident blames upsteam coal mining operations when her property was flooded and she even admitted that it rained 4 inches in 4 hours! In steep sidedIf you're a progressive liberal, you'll love this movie. Corporate greed, evil republicans, global warming, "renewable energy", it's all there. This movie is more full of holes than a backstop at a shooting range. Near the beginning a resident blames upsteam coal mining operations when her property was flooded and she even admitted that it rained 4 inches in 4 hours! In steep sided terrain like that, she is lucky she didn't drown, no matter what was happening upstream! Still, the culprit was the mountain top miners. A local complainer wipes a little coal dust off the side of a school building and complains that that is what the kids are breathing. Hasn't he ever heard of using air filters and a proper HVAC system? A woman reports that 6 residents who live side by side have either died or are living with brain tumors. Now that is scary, but why hasn't this report found a follow up with the CDC and made national attention? Bobby Kennedy Jr. touts "renewable energy" (wind turbines) whenever he can. He doesn't seem to understand that it is a heavily subsidized gift from Barack Obama that wouldn't survive on it's own profitability. I know that profitability is a bad word among liberals, but someone has to pay. And right now, coal is far and away the most economic source of energy. Nuclear is good, but doesn't find any support in the movie. Also, Bobby and his crew don't seem to have heard the news that the IPCC itself has exposed themselves as frauds through leaked emails. As the gatekeepers and prophets for the global warming crowd, they have given themselves away. I guess Bobby doesn't read the papers much. (or rather use the internet. Newspapers tend to keep news like that to themselves) The movie attempts to show that labor unions have been victimized by corporations. Seems to me to be the other way around. Labor unions (public employee unions in particular---read SEIU) rob the employees to pay the politicians who make the laws which keep them fat and happy. Ask Richard Trumka. Much of the film shows the ridiculous lengths activists will go to to delay the inevitable march of free market capitalism by a week or two. Hanging suspended in thin trees. I hope they had fun!

    All in all, this film was a useful review of the progressive tactics which the left uses to try to manipulate people's emotions and then their vote. I suggest that everyone should see it with an open mind. I did.
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  1. 75
    For the most part he (Haney) lets the people and images of Coal River Valley speak for themselves – and that's what gives The Last Mountain its eloquent power.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 14, 2011
    75
    A compelling examination of a complex topic.
  3. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 14, 2011
    50
    Provides lots of good information for newcomers to the cause.