Energy has NEVER been cheap in Alaska. It has been cheaper, but never cheap. If you heat with electricity in the Interior you spend great wheelbarrows of cash. It has always been that way.
So why does Clean Coal make this crap up? Because there is no solution in Clean Coal and there is no such thing as Clean Coal. I would like to build a row of coal firing slingshots and place it in an alley and if people think Clean Coal is the answer they would have to walk down that alley while I fired coal chunks at them.