The battle over energy and climate is now set to rage on Capitol Hill and the cost to the average American could be severe! The far left, Obama and the Democratically controlled Senate what our country as energy poor as they can make it, all in order to ‘do our part’ and to appease the environmentalists. And just in case you’ve ever wondered why the debate over global warming is important, remember that the left’s pushing of this notion has nothing to do with science and has everything to do with the big government expansion for which they need a working rationale.
China’s coal industry – both in terms of consumption and production – is now close to matching that of the entire remainder of the world, according to figures released this week by the Energy Information Administration.
The two graphs tells the whole story. On coal production (right), at 4 billion tons per year, China accounts for 46 percent of the world’s output. China’s production has doubled since 2003, accounting for 69 percent of the world’s increase. The country in second place – the United States – produces only 12 percent of the worlds total.
On consumption (left) the numbers are equally stunning. China burns almost exactly what it produces, 4 billion tons a year, accounting for 49 percent of the world total. This figure has doubled since 2005, making up for 83 percent of the world’s increase. The country in second place – once again the United States – consumes slightly less than 1 billion tons a year, only 11 percent of the world total.
While coal consumption in the rest of the world has flattened, China’s is still racing ahead full bore! Within a few years, the story of what happens with world coal consumption is largely going to be what happens in China and NOT the United States! In my opinion, the real story with Obama and his ideologue-minded group, it that they seem to care more about global equality than about our hopes of continued national prosperity…..