Why burn coal? Why not chemically combust it?

There is an unscientific and misleading story released by Ohio State University that has been carried at WUWT. It is getting a good clobbering in the comments.

The Ohio professor behind the research wants you to know that burning coal is bad. Specifically, he wants you to know that he thinks it is bad. More specifically, he wants you to think, when it comes to coal, it’s the burning of it that is evil.

None of the above are true. Burning coal and chemically combusting coal, … are the same. This type of research, it seems, is prompted by a spineless attitude toward a regulatory monster that seeks to choke off production of energy by squeezing down on the exhaust. Stand up and fight.

Instead of Chamberlaining “CO2 is bad for the environment”.