Here are the numbers I posted followed by more recent numbers from Mundi, 2011 with the one noted exception. I find no date on the source I used. Obviously it is outdated.
Annual coal use in billions short tons (2,000 pounds)
#1 China: 1,310,000,000 3,826,869,000
#2 United States: 1,060,000,000 899,500,000 (2012 EIA)
#3 India: 339,000,000 721,418,000
#4 Russia: 298,000,000 256,690,000
#5 Germany: 265,000,000 256,661,000
#6 South Africa: 170,500,000 201,403,000
#7 Japan: 149,500,000 192,853,000
#8 Australia: 144,170,000 131,174,000
#9 Korea, North: 103,600,000 31,321,000
#10 Ukraine: 97,200,000 73,401,000
Most countries are burning more now than they were then (whenever it was). A few are burning less. But that's not the point.
These are the world's coal burners. They burn over 80% of the coal burned on the planet. Several have announced their intention to burn less in the future.
If one wants to claim that cuts in coal use in the announced countries will cause others to burn more and take up the slack then they should identify where that additional burning might be and why they think it will happen. Some sort of argument other than hand-waving or invoking Jeavon's Paradox.
Again, I am no optimist when it comes to climate change. I recognize that we are already (almost certainly) being hurt and we will encounter higher levels of hurt before we get our CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions under control.
I am a problem solver by nature. I am unwilling to stand in a house afire, pull on my hair, and scream that "We're all going to DIE!!!".
I am someone who looks for an exit and attempts to let other people know if I think I've found one.
Now, we're not likely to solve our problem via population control. In order to get our population levels down to the point at which GHGs aren't a problem we'd have to intentionally kill off about 75% of everyone alive today.
If we're smart we will take reasonable measures to speed the time to peak population which will also mean a lower peak. Right now peak population is probably about 50 years out. That's too late. Twenty years is too late. We need solutions other than killing billions or waiting for nature to take its course.