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Source:  National Geographic.

In today’s America, coal is a dirty word.

Advocates for clean energy point out that coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of the carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

Politicians argue that the coal industry provides tens of thousands of invaluable jobs to America’s blue-collar backbone.

Public health officials warn of the myriad risks of mining and burning coal: respiratory disease, cancer, birth defects, death.

For their part, coal miners remember the generations of workers who provided for their families by powering America—and worry that they can’t do the same for themselves.

In “From the Ashes,” a new documentary from Emmy-nominated director Michael Bonfiglio, people on all sides of the debate get a chance to speak up.

 

“From the Ashes,” a feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio, premieres tonight at 9 pm ET on National Geographic.

 

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