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Friday, January 23, 2009

'Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars' Documentary at Guild Saturday

The Albuquerque premier of the 34-minute documentary film Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars will be screened at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central Avenue NE - Albuquerque) this Saturday, January 24, at Noon. Narrated by Robert Redford, the documentary follows the story of an unlikely partnership among ranchers, religious leaders, CEOs, community groups, legislators, lawyers, and citizens engaged in a high-stakes battle for clean air. The film portrays the successful efforts in Texas to stop construction of eight conventional coal-fired power plants fast-tracked by the Governor to be built in Eastern and Central Texas.

Robert Redford had this so say about the film, produced by The Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve and Alpheus Media: "The heart of this film is really about issues of health, future generations and the value of our own land and resources. The film was made to support the story of the Texas coalition and their struggle against a giant power company. It is our way of giving other states and communities a model for what can happen when people take personal responsibility and get results. We want to let people know that they don't have to give up hope.”

Elouise Brown of Dooda (No) Desert Rock, who's helping to lead the fight against the coal-fired Desert Rock Power Plant planned for land within the Navajo Nation near Farmington, will be the guest speaker at the screening. A permit for the 1,500 megawatt Sithe Global Desert Rock coal-fired power plant received a serious setback on Thursday when the Environmental Protection Agency’s own Environmental Appeals Board granted a review of most of the scientific and legal issues raised by groups opposed to the plant. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by a coalition of Navajo and conservation groups who have been fighting the proposed plant

Screening tickets: $5 per person. Sponsored by New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light.

January 23, 2009 at 03:18 PM in Energy, Environment, Events, Film | Permalink