China accounts for nearly half global coal consumption

714fmf China accounts for nearly half global coal consumption

According to  new U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, China burns nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal consumption grew in the country for the 12th year in a row in 2011 and accounted for 87 percent of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use in 2011.

China overtook the U.S. as the world’s biggest carbon emitter in 2007, and became the world’s biggest consumer of energy in 2010. David Frum noted that the statistics make greenhouse gas emission restraint goals posited by the Kyoto Protocol look “obsolete.” But as the Washington Post noted, the “big question” is whether this mass consumption, fueled by industrialization, will continue:

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China accounts for nearly half global coal consumption

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