Skip to comments.U.S. coal exports set monthly record
Posted on 06/20/2013 7:18:17 AM PDT by thackney
Coal exports from the United States in March 2013 totaled 13.6 million short tons, nearly 0.9 million short tons above the previous monthly export peak in June 2012. EIA is projecting a third straight year of more than 100 million short tons of coal exports in 2013, following annual exports in 2011 of 107.3 million short tons and record annual exports in 2012 of 125.7 million short tons.
Increased Asian demand for coal contributed to the record level of coal exports from the United States in March. Of the record export tonnage, 6.3 million short tons were steam coal and 7.4 million short tons were metallurgical coal.
Five customs districts accounted for 90% of the coal exported from the United States during March: Norfolk, Virginia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baltimore, Maryland; Mobile, Alabama; and Houston-Galveston, Texas. Each of these customs districts is located on the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico (see map below), and each has access to world-class coal loading infrastructure. A previous Today in Energy article focused on the history of coal tonnage exported from major customs districts. The top five destinations of exported coal (in descending order) during March were China, Netherlands (a large transshipment point), United Kingdom, South Korea, and Brazil.
So we’ll burn it in China with ZERO smog controls instead of here.
That is ironic. If we burned the same coal here instead of shipping it almost anywhere else in the world except Europe, the CO2 emissions would be probably 1/3 or less. Plus the CO2 produced by the rail engine, ship engine, etc. to ship it half way around the world.
The last two years at the home shows here in NH there have been booths with coal fired furnaces. Their main selling point was that it was cheaper than propane or heating oil.
Most of these furnaces burn pelletized washed anthracite coal. They came with a hopper that would hold 3-5 days worth of coal. You would only need to empty the ash pan about once every couple weeks.
The payoff based on the current price of coal to oil was about 5 years, even if you did not need to replace your current furnace.
It's our secret plan to kill off the Chinese via particulate induced lung disease LOL.
We are becoming a banana republic, except we don’t produce bananas.