Ed -- thanks for your comment. Perhaps I should have said that "they share a solution: moving to a low-carbon economy". Clearly, expanded use of coal in the US is a way to build energy independence. But - such a solution would undermine long-term climate security. Perhaps its better to embrace a solution that kills two birds with one stone, in this case?
Moreover, given the increased regulatory risk related to mining and burning coal, it would seem that utilities would want to move towards energy that doesn't require a dangerous fuel source?