Coal is projected to increase 50% in the AEO2007 reference case, particularly for electricity generation. Coal consumption is projected to increase from 22.9 quadrillion Btu (1,128 million short tons) in 2005 to more than 34 quadrillion Btu (1,772 million short tons) in 2030, with significant additions of new coal-fired generation capacity over the last decade of the projection period, when rising natural gas prices are projected.
Coal kills 1000+/day and is a major contributor to climate change. We need a lot more Nuclear power until coal and oil are eliminated. Advanced Thorium reactors can eliminate the 10,000 year waste problem and the proliferation issues.