US coal production, 2009 = 1.073 billion tons.
US coal consumption 2009 = 1.000 billion tons.
The US is a small net coal exporter (imports = 21 million tons, exports = 60 million; net exports = 39 million tons).
As of the 3rd quarter of 2010, the United States imported about 14,541,408 short tons of coal. The U.S. imported coal from almost every continent in the world. This was 15.4% less than the United States imported in 2009.
In the 3rd quarter of 2010, the United States also exported coal, often to the same countries that we imported it to. As of the 3rd quarter of 2010, the United States exported 60,845,658. This was 46.8% more than it had exported by the same time in 2009.
Most likely this importing AND exporting is for profit. Perhaps we can buy another country’s coal for less than we can sell it to another country?
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