A tour of a coal-fired power plant was an eye opener. Coal firmly remains a component in the U.S. energy mix.
At six tons of coal per year to support the electrical needs of a typical house like mine, there remains a market for the stuff. Few power plants of any kind are being built in the U.S. and an Ohio plant that uses Ohio coal is pretty efficient. Coal-fired plants like this are hard to beat without extreme cost consequences. That's why there are still going to be coal-fired plants in our energy future.
Though natural gas is a hedge against coal being regulated out of use in the U.S., coal still has a future. Other growing countries, namely China, are building new coal-fired plants and the electrification of their nation is demanding more and more.
Don't bet against coal.