What products are made from Coal?
Coke, which is coal that's been heated to 2000 degrees F in an oven to drive off the volatile compounds, is a very good fuel. The volatiles are captured and turned into "coal tar," from which we get:
sealant for pavement
naphtha, which is a hydrocarbon solvent.
There are various uses of coal out of which 85% of coal is burned to generate electricity. The ash is sometimes used in building products. Much coal is converted to coke, which is largely used to make steel. Some coal is used to make natural gas, and CTL (Coal to liquid) processes coming on line can make gasoline or diesel fuel. Coal is also used to make many chemicals, such as medicines, paint thinner, varnish…
When a country exports products it is paid for them. The money received can then be used to import other products. So, for example, one country has coal but no onions, the neighboring country has onions but no coal. If the first country sells coal and buys onions, it can now make delicious sauteed onions. If the second country sells onions and buys coal, it too can make delicious sauteed onions. Everyone eats better.