Seriously, for every bit of bad news you read in the New York Times about coal, you read a good news story about the LA Times about coal!
The California Energy Commission on Wednesday imposed new rules that effectively forbid the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and all other municipal utilities in the state from signing new contracts with coal-fired power plants. The move, together with identical regulations imposed on private utilities in January, is a significant step toward reducing the contribution of California, the world’s sixth largest economy, to global warming.
This is important because California is a huge market and is imposing its market power wisely. It will buy coal power if sequestration actually works.