The major electricity producing countries in the world are also big coal producers. For geopolitical reasons, they would rather use their own coal resources than bank on risky oil imports.
All the technologies required for building « environment friendly » coal stations are available except for the one required for capturing CO2. Alstom will be making this technology available by 2015, thus suddenly transforming a fuel which is highly criticized today but readily available into a modern and green source of energy.
The entire world will have to invest massively in new power stations. This is an opportunity to equip the planet with environment friendly power stations including those which use coal.