Coal exports are expected to exceed record levels this year, according to the Energy Information Administration. By the end of the year, the country is expected to have exported 125-133 million tons of coal—which shatters the previous record of 113 million tons set in 1981. This is largely due to a very strong first six months of the year, and the EIA notes that since then, the global demand for American coal has been slightly waning.
2012 Expected to be a Record Year for Coal Exports
By Erica Peterson, Kentucky Public Radio • Oct 23, 2012