The claim by energy consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, noting that coal is set to overtake oil as the world’s main source of energy by 2020 has set off a debate. They do have form for this sort of thing (as they also claimed that China would double its coal consumption by 2030. They also seem to be the only analysts not projecting a peak and reduction in China. In response, campaigners noted that coal use in China and India seems to be slowing or shrinking.
Certainly coal is facing new short problems. Of course, such figures tend to be short-term, and longer term projections will be much more difficult to figure.
However, if the Wood Mackenzie figures are right then that is very depressing news for the climate.