There’s no doubt coal is a big part of Wyoming’s economic base. It is also foundational to the availability of electricity in the US with over 42% of the US electricity generated by coal. The burning of fossil fuels is surrounded by controversy. If you are interested in the future use of coal, you might be interested in a round table discussion hosted by the University of Wyoming on December 13, 2012, in Gillette Wyoming.
The schedule of topics and list of speakers can be seen here.