China’s Coal Intensive Economy Reaches New Milestone

China’s spectacular economic growth over the past decade has been accompanied by a major increase in energy consumption. In 2009, China consumed more energy than the United States for the first time according to a report from the International Energy Agency which was discussed in a recent Wall Street Journal article. China consumed 2.252 billion tons of oil equivalent last year which was 4 percent higher than U.S. consumption. The United States was the world’s largest energy user for over a century.

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