China’s Growing Energy Consumption

In this post where Al Gore says only the President of the United States can lead the world to accept his alarmist version of climate change, he misses the point that China’s energy use is growing and is predicted to be double that of the United States in 25 years. And if Gore thinks this energy production is going to come from wind and solar rather than coal, natural gas, and nuclear, he’s crazier than a “sex-crazed poodle.” What suasion could any president employ to stop China from growing its economy, especially since China holds so much U.S. debt?

If Al Gore really believes what he says, he needs a plan B to change the world.

Steve Hayward  has the details over on the AEI blog on China’s rising energy use. An excerpt:

BP issued its 2011 Statistical Review of World Energy two weeks ago, and it confirmed what everyone else has been saying: China has passed the United States as the world’s top energy consumer. The Economist’s “Schumpeter” blog offers one of the better analyses of the BP numbers, pointing out, among other things, that for all the ballyhoo over “renewable” energy, fossil fuel energy output grew more than renewable energy did last year, and that expanding natural gas use will have very modest effects on reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years, which is one reason why environmentalists are turning against gas, as I predicted they would.

But let’s stick with the China story for a moment longer. Between 1980 and 2010, China’s energy consumption grew 426 percent, while U.S. energy use grew by 23 percent. Over the decade from 2000 to 2010, China’s energy use increased 144 percent, while U.S. energy use grew only 3 percent. According to projections of the Energy Information Administration, between 2010 and 2035, China’s energy use will double again, while U.S. energy use is expected to grow by just 19 percent.

But looking at the growth of energy use in China purely in percentage growth terms doesn’t really express just how extraordinary the story is. The 25-second video below puts the growth in China’s energy use (as measured in BTUs) in motion, from 1980 and projected to 2035. Note especially how China’s energy use takes off like a skyrocket right after the year 2000, and will likely reach twice U.S. energy use over the next 25 years.

The whole post here, including a must-watch video that illustrates what’s happening in China.

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