It appears that the reign of Big Coal may be coming to an end. TreeHugger reports from a new EarthPolicy release regarding a timeline of events for the Coal Industry. This last entry is particular heartening.
11 March 2008 – Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduce a bill that would block the EPA and states from issuing permits to new coal-fired power plants that lack state-of-the-art carbon capture and storage technology. Since this technology is at least a decade away from commercial viability, if this bill passes it would essentially place a near-term moratorium on new coal-fired power plants.