Is coal dead? This is a profound question that will affect investments, employment, climate change negotiations, future of energy debate. This article tries to dissect this question in to several parts, uses analytical tools, news items to reach a verdict. Coal may not be dead yet again, but high enough carbon prices may kill it. It provides security of supply, employment and other domestic gains. However, this doesn’t mean solar, wind, batteries have no chance. On the contrary these technologies will be increasing their penetration with second and third waves of innovation. But coal in energy is like potato to the food sector. It will take a long time to kill it.