Photographer Ami Vitale and Steve Hawk, Sierra Magazine’s executive editor, spent about a month on the road, talking to people on porches in West Virginia, at playgrounds near Detroit and in darkened trailers in the Nevada desert. The aim of their project, “The Cost of Coal,” was to show how coal damages lives in all three phases of its energy-generating cycle.
July 22, 2012 Lane Miller, of Moapa, Nev., demonstrates his nebulizer. “At least once a month he has to use a nebulizer to open up his lungs,” his mother, Kami said. “If I neglect it, he has to go on steroids or it can turn into pneumonia or bronchitis.” Ami Vitale/Panos Pictures for Sierra Club Buy Photo