It is a night and day difference in power markets on the different sides of the Atlantic ocean. Coal generation is booming in the UK, where it just displaced natural gas as the top source of electricity. www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4400505/Old-king-coal-back-in-power.html.
In the UK, coal is rising and provides 42% of its electricity. In the US, coal is falling and generates 32% of our electricity, as of April 2012.
What's the difference? The price of natural gas is low here and expensive there, because America has embraced the Shale Gas revolution, while the UK and Europe have not. And so, according to the Sun, "experts say the high price of gas has forced power firms to return to coal" in the UK.
Like it or not, at this stage of the world's development, the basic energy choice is between gas and coal. That's a fact.