Bloomberg Philanthropies Highlights Coal Communities in Latest Film
The new film on the coal industry that Bloomberg Philanthropies is co-producing, From the Ashes, highlights the challenges facing out-of-work miners, and it features groups that are helping them find new opportunities.
With federal budget cuts looming, one of those groups is now facing the possibility of losing its federal funding, which would have a crippling effect on its work—and on the former miners who are benefitting from its programs. That kind of short-sighted thinking from Washington is exactly why coal communities are in the position they’re in today.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has decided to step in and help by providing the funding that the group stands to lose—and by matching donations from the public that will help it expand its work. It's also going to support efforts in the Powder River Basin that are aimed at spurring job growth in areas outside of mining, while cleaning up environmental disasters coal companies have so often left behind...