excerpt:"I took my son to see the blockbuster James Cameron-directed movie 'Avatar' and within minutes it became clear to me that I'd seen this story before. Afterwards, I updated my Facebook status to: Unobtainium = Coal.
That's because the plot of the movie essentially mirrors the tragedy that is unfolding in Appalachia today. In the film, a rapacious mining company invades the lush, biodiverse planet of Pandora to extract a mysterious black energy rock they call "unobtainium." The company, backed by a powerful army, will stop at nothing to get this resource -- and the planet's residents pay the price in terms of rampant destruction of their homeland.