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The U.S. has been exporting more coal from mines like this one outside Rock Springs, Wyoming.   © Reuters

US shovels more coal exports into Asia

Visualizations make it clear just how much more

BEN HEUBL, Data Journalist | East Asia

LONDON -- U.S. coal exports to Asia surged in 2017, and there is an argument to be made for America to become an even bigger global supplier of the fuel, a Nikkei Asian Review study has found.

By volume, U.S. coal exports to Asia doubled last year, compared with 2016. The total reached 32.8 million short tons -- a short ton being the equivalent of 907kg. Asia-bound exports of steam coal used for power generation, in particular, more than tripled.

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