Facts & Figures

The U.S. has more coal reserves than any other country in the world.
America’s recoverable coal reserves exceed that of any other country and represent one-quarter of the world’s total coal supply.
U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Key Issues and Mandates: Clean-Energy Potential of Domestic Coal, http://www.netl.doe.gov/KeyIssues/secure_energy2a.html.
 
The U.S. has 259 billion short tons of coal reserves.
U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Key Issues and Mandates: Clean-Energy Potential of Domestic Coal, http://www.eia.gov/coal/reserves/.
 
The U.S. currently uses about 1.05 billion tons of coal per year. At this rate, America’s 259 billion tons of coal reserves would last nearly 250 years.
U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Coal Supply and Demand: 2010 Review, http://www.eia.gov/coal/annual/, http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/page/special/feature.html.