Via Coal Tattoo, a study out of Alaska demonstrates that coal energy isn’t actually cheap energy:
[T]he estimated “levelized cost” of constructing and operating a new coal plant today is more expensive than generating the same amount of power from a new hydro or natural gas plant, and is comparable to the cost of wind power. Finally, the cost estimates for coal-generated power fail to factor in the “externalized costs” of pollution cleanup, medical bills, and environmental damages borne by the taxpayers and the public. When these costs are included, coal-fired power is more expensive than all the other generation types we examined.
Coal may keep the lights on, but how many King Coal-bought politicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?