In 2010, worldwide production of coal was approximately 7.3 billion metric tons. Of this amount, China produced nearly half. The next largest producer in 2010 was the United States which produced about 15 percent of world output.
According to the World Energy Council, however, more than one-fourth of the world’s economically recoverable coal reserves are located in the United States – making the U.S. the largest repository of coal in the world.
American coal has a major role to play in supplying the growing demand for coal worldwide. Read more on these pages: