Coal power accounts for about half of the electricity production in the United States. A fossil fuel power plant burns Fossil fuels such as Coal, Natural gas or Petroleum (oil to produce Electricity. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The coal plants are mostly base-load plants and account for about 32% of the capacity in the summer.  Generation from coal has decreased from 52. 8 percent in 1997 to 49. 0 percent in 2006.
The share from coal power, however, may increase again with a coal plant building boom. As of 2007, 154 new coal-fired plants are on the drawing board in 42 states.  The Energy Department forecasts that coal's share will rise to 57 percent by 2030, fueled in part by rising natural gas prices. The United States Department of Energy ( DOE) is a Cabinet -level department of the United States government responsible for energy policy
In 2007 an advertising campaign was launched to improve public opinion on coal power titled America's Power. This was done by Americans for Balanced Energy Choices, a pro-coal organization started in 2000. See www.americaspower.org/
In the face of increasing electricity demand through the 2000s, the US has seen a "Growing Trend Against Coal-Fired Power Plants". In 2006 through 2007 there was first a bullish market attitude towards coal with the expectation of a new wave of plants, but political barriers and pollution concerns escalated potentially, which is likely to damage plans for new generation and put pressure on older plants. 
The Stop Coal campaign has called for a moratorium on the construction of any new coal plants and for the phase out of all existing plants, citing concern for global warming.  Others have called for a carbon tax and a requirement of carbon sequestration for all coal power plants. A carbon tax is an environmental Tax on emissions of Carbon dioxide and other Greenhouse gases It is an example of a pollution tax. Carbon capture and storage ( CCS) is an approach to mitigating Global warming based on capturing Carbon dioxide (CO2 from large