Forecasts are not destiny, but when created by informed people they can represent our best guess about the future.
In the case of the latest report by theInternational Energy Agency (IEA), it would be great to prove the forecasters wrong, because what they predict is not very appetizing: BY 2017, the world could burn 1.2 billion additional tons of coal per year, mostly thanks to growth in India and China. This would mean that coal is catching up with oil as an energy source, with 2017 "global coal consumption [standing] at 4.32 billion tonnes of oil equivalent (btoe), versus around 4.40 btoe for oil."
Equivalent to Current Coal Consumption of Russia and U.S. Combined
Let's Prove the Forecasters Wrong