I wouldn't be too surprised if coal peaks over the next decade or two, there are other predictions in that area, I just wouldn't put too much faith in this guy (Patzek) when he says "Keep driving your ICE and don't worry about global warming because coal is peaking." The coal peak isn't his point, he is saying don't worry about climate change
From the report: "Governments worldwide are basing their policy decisions (wrt carbon) on the uninterrupted increase of coal and oil production worldwide," says Patzek. "These policy decisions will be inherently in error, and will lead to expensive and false technological solutions."
I am not saying he has an agenda, he is just always on the side of BAU, and as it turns out, burning oil. Here is what he said about the BP Leak:BP Spill May Be Less Than Doomsayers Think: Tadeusz W. Patzek
"The combined effect of rock and well erosion might have increased oil flow from about 20,000 to 30,000 barrels a day."Bloomberg
Here is the word from .gov today:
"The well was gushing about 62,000 barrels a day when it started leaking and about 53,000 barrels when it was capped on July 15, according to an e-mailed statement from the U.S. government’s joint information center."Bloomberg again
Another instance of falling on the side of BAU was Patek's and Pimentel's Ethanol EROEI study. I think ethanol is a bad, bad idea (along with most biofuels) but he was way off the mark when compared to other reports, showing a loss when most or all others showed a modest gain. (I haven't read about this in a while so stand to be corrected)
So anyway, I have nothing against this guy, he just always seems on the side of burning them fossil fuels.