Some really worrying myths seem to be popular at present in cyberspace, seemingly able to live free of the evidence.
Firstly, on this so called 'frenzy' of coal demand Europe is experiencing. Last December the International Energy Agency released its medium term coal market report. Below, in the red line, it shows what it sees happening with coal demand in Europe (and other OECD nations). If you look really closely with a magnifying glass, you’ll make out an increase in coal consumption between 2011 and 2012 (this is actuals, not a projection).