Film + Radio

Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars

When: Thu., Jan. 8, 7 p.m. 2009

“At COALergy, we view climate change as a very serious threat to our business,” says the friendly (fake) CEO in ThisIsReality.org’s latest commercial against clean coal. “That’s why we’ve made it our primary goal to spend a large sum of money on an advertising effort to help bring out and complicate the truth about coal.” The coal debate is no stranger of late in S.C., and Charleston’s Lunz Chapter of the Sierra Club is chiming in with a screening of Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars, a new film co-produced and narrated by Robert Redford. The movie chronicles how mayors, ranchers, lawyers, businesses, and ordinary citizens came together to oppose the construction of 19 coal-fired power plants that were planned in eastern and central Texas. Coal is the largest source of global warming pollution in the U.S., yet 67 new coal plants have been announced across the nation, in addition to 47 currently under construction or already permitted. The Sierra Club’s showing will feature speakers from the S.C. Coastal Conservation League and the Club’s state chapter, who will answer questions and explain S.C.’s role in the debate, as the state-owned utility is currently seeking water quality and environmental impact permits to construct a new plant in Florence County. —Stratton Lawrence

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