Tracy Samilton also spoke with Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about the issues surrounding the transition to natural gas.
The President of the United States says coal is coming back, but in reality coal is going away.
The fight is over what will replace it.
Even utilities are dumping coal. In Michigan, DTE Energy wants to shut down three coal-burning power plants and replace them with a billion dollar natural gas plant.
But environmentalists think there's a better way.